Mediterranean Hurricane Forms South Of Italy

A rare cyclone, similar to a tropical storm, formed in the southern Mediterranean this morning and caused a path of destruction as it moved eastwards through the Sicilian Channel. The storm, termed a Mediterranean Hurricane (or Medicane), first battered the small island of Lampedusa with winds gusting to 73 knots (84 mph/135 km/h) before moving on eastwards for a direct hit on the larger Maltese island group. 
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