A British woman was among five people, including a teenage girl, killed in violent storms in Corsica as the holiday hotspot was battered by hurricane-strength winds on Thursday.

The tourist went missing while kayaking off Erbalunga, near Bastia on the west coast of Corsica. Authorities there took part in about 80 rescue operations during the freak winds.

Two victims, including a teenage girl, were killed when trees fell in campsites, two were at sea and one died when a beach hut hit her car.

Severe storms across Europe killed at least 12 people in total, including two children in Austria, but Corsica was the hardest hit.

Hail, heavy rain and winds peaking at 140mph swept the Mediterranean island, which is part of France, on Thursday morning, smashing boats and cars, uprooting trees and damaging houses.