Unusually fierce storms swept through Malta on Monday, killing one man and dropping more rain on the Mediterranean island in two hours than its normal monthly average for September.

The first storm triggered floods that swept away a man who had abandoned his car. Police said the man managed to make it to higher ground.

Another man working in a field was fatally struck by lightning, however, as a second storm battered Malta in the afternoon.

The storms caused substantial damage across the small Mediterranean archipelago, which includes the main island and sister islands of Gozo and Comino, with cars overturned, trees uprooted, houses flooded and walls collapsed.

Malta's meteorological office said 42.4 millimeters (1.67 inches) of rain fell, eclipsing the 40-millimeter average for the month of September.