4 dead after avalanche strikes French ski resort

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
February 15, 2017, 12:55:25 AM EST

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Four people are dead following an avalanche that occurred in the French Alps near the Tignes ski resort on Monday, the Associated Press reported.

A group of skiers had been skiing in an off piste area of the resort, located in southeastern France, when the avalanche occurred.

It was initially reported that as many as nine had been caught in the avalanche, but authorities later told the AP that the victims had been accidentally registered into the skiing database twice.

The death toll is not expected to rise above four.

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In this image taken from video, rescue personnel work at the site of an avalanche at Lavachet Wall in Tignes, France, Monday Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo)

The BBC reported that the avalanche appeared to have been started by a group of skiers at a higher elevation.

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At least 40 people are involved in the rescue efforts, which included helicopters and local ski instructors, the AP said.

As recovery efforts continue, the weather will be favorable with dry and sunny conditions expected for Wednesday and Thursday, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.

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