Tornado kills two on Italian island

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Two people have died and nine were injured after a windstorm hit Pantelleria, a small Italian island in the Mediterranean, sweeping up cars and whipping down coastal roads.

The tornado killed an off-duty firefighter and an 86-year-old man who were travelling by car on Friday evening on the popular tourist spot south of Sicily.

Video from the civil protection agency showed images of several overturned vehicles and a building hit by a car thrown in the air.

"It's difficult to accept such a thing. It's a huge pain," Pantelleria mayor Vincenzo Campo wrote on Facebook.

ANSA news agency reported on Saturday that rescuers were still looking for any potential missing people, while working to reopen roads damaged by the storm.

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