NICOSIA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) — Three people died and the other one went missing after storms and torrential rain hit Cyprus island overnight, the authorities said on Thursday.

The deaths were reported in the northern part of Cyprus, which was occupied by Turkish troops in 1974 in reaction to a coup by the military rulers of Greece at the time.

Turkish Cypriot media reports said the dead were travelling in a car that was swept down a ravine near the city of Kyrenia, 30 kilometers north of Nicosia.

The car and the body of one man were spotted early on Thursday in the ravine, while the bodies of the other man and a woman were swept away and found near a village several kilometers away.

The fourth person in the car is still missing.

Violent storms caused extensive damage in Nicosia and the southern port city of Limassol on Tuesday night.

Intensive rainfall also affected several roads which have either been flooded or covered under mud.

The meteorological service downgraded an orange warning to the level of yellow, but said that storms, strong winds and possibly snow are expected over the coming days.