What is a "right"? The rare phenomenon that rivals the hurricane and that has killed seven people on the Ligurian coast

Last Thursday, a right killed five people on the island of corsica and left a score of wounded, four of them in serious condition. The same phenomenon killed two people on the Italian coast of Liguria and left another twenty people injured, at the same time as on the French island. Altogether, at least seven dead and fifty wounded in just a few hours of strong winds.

The images left by the right in the Mediterranean, which recorded winds that exceeded 220 km/h, such as the following recorded in the Italian coast of Liguria, they are overwhelming. Sixty seconds are enough for the right to unleash a great force on the sea:

In the United States they are more familiar with the Meteorological phenomenon baptized as "law", but in Europe it is practically unknown and is often called hurricane force winds. This may be due to the fact that it is more common in American lands than in the old continent. In scientific terms, a right is "a straight line wind stormlong-lived and widespread that is associated with a group of fast-moving severe thunderstorms known as a mesoscale convective system and its strength rivals the strength of hurricanes and tornadoes. According to the US National Weather Service, if the wind damage swath extends more than 400 kilometers and includes wind gusts of at least 93 km/h or more over most of its length, then the event can be classified as a right .

The French government announced this Friday that it will declare "natural catastrophe" the violent storm that hit Corsica on Thursday, where, among the five deceased, there is a 13-year-old girl from a falling tree.

The passage of law through the Mediterranean island was devastating. As of late Friday, they were still without electricity more than 11,000 houses of the 47,000 who lost power after the storm.

The Corsican campsite where a 13-year-old girl lost her life when a tree fell during strong winds from the rightAFP

Between the five fatalities in Corsica there is a 13-year-old girl, who died from the impact of a falling tree in the bungalow she occupied in a Sagone campsite; a 72-year-old woman, hit by a roof on a Coggia beach; and a 46-year-old man, also due to the impact of a tree in a Calvi campsite. Likewise, the maritime authorities of this Mediterranean island confirmed the discovery of two other lifeless bodies: of a 62-year-old fisherman in the Gulf of Girolata and of a kayaker, in Erbalunga, in Cap Corse.

Italy, two dead and destruction

The same right that killed five people in Corsica, also caused two deaths in the Italian coast of the Ligurian Sea. The deceased, a man and a woman, lost their lives due to the fall of two trees in Tuscany, the first in the town of Lucca and the second in Carrara. He also left another twenty wounded in the area.

The 54-year-old man was felling a tree on private property when another tree fell on him, while the woman was crushed in the street and the national emergency services tried to revive her, but she died shortly after. local media reported.

The storm has left at least eighteen wounded in the area, including a serious person who was trapped in a caravan and another who was dragged by a tree and had to be transferred to a hospital in Versilia, also in Tuscany.

In addition to Tuscany, other affected regions have been Piedmont, Liguria and Emilia-Romagnawhere storms and violent gusts of wind – with peaks of up to 120 km/h – have caused flooding and ripped off roofs, infrastructure and toppled trees.

In several cities of these regions it has been necessary to temporarily shut down traffic by fallen trees and rivers of water, and, in some cases as in florencethe circulation of the tram has also been interrupted.

In Venice The area near the Basilica of San Marco has had to be cordoned off and tourists visiting it have been evicted after several fragments of the bell tower broke off and fell into the square.

What is a right?

Rights are weather events that can cause gale-force winds, tornadoes, heavy rain, and flash flooding. They move fast in the direction of movement of their associated storms, which is why they are also called straight line wind storms. His potency rivals that of a hurricane and, on occasion, can exceed its strength and destructive capacity.

A convective system capable of producing a right can stay active for many hours and sometimes for several days. Being an atmospheric phenomenon of warm weather, usually occur in summer, between June and August in the northern hemisphere or between March and May in the south. They are more common in the American continent, although they also occur in Europe. can be produced both day and night.