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posted by August 4 at 11:27 AMon
My surprise? Tornadoes happen in places outside of the US.
LILLE, France (AP) — A fierce but short-lived tornado has left at least three people dead in northern France.Are French tornadoes the same as American ones? Or can this meteorological event be classified with other instances of Americanization—Big Macs, cornrows, tornadoes?
Inhabitants of four regions are assessing the damage after the tornado collapsed some homes and uprooted trees along its path.
The tornado swept through the Lille region’s town of Hautmont and three other communities shortly before midnight Sunday. iReport.com: Did you witness the tornado?
The local prefecture said 13 people had been hospitalized for injuries and three others were dead as a result of the tornado. In addition, officials say a 76-year-old man whose house was among those destroyed in Hautmont has killed himself, but they could not yet comment on his motive.
Up to this point in my life, I have been the citizen of four nations: Rhodesia (69-74), United Kingdom (74-83), Zimbabwe (83-2003), and the United States (2003-?). What next will I become?