Two dead as violent storms and heavy rain batter central and northern Italy

Two dead as violent storms and heavy rain batter central and northern Italy. Credit: [email protected]

Parts of central and northern Italy have been hit by violent storms and heavy rainfall, leaving two dead and others injured.

 

Northern and central Italy were battered by storms this Thursday, August 18, with two people reported to have died. One fatality occurred in the province of Lucca where a man was killed by a falling tree. The second casualty was a woman, in the Carrara province.

Four more people were injured when trees fell at a campsite near the town of Marina di Massa. According to rescue services and local authorities, extensive damage has been caused.

In the city of Florence in Tuscany, a man was injured at an open market when a branch broke from a tree, became airborne, and struck him.

Umbrellas and chairs were blown away in the coastal region of Versilia, and several other nearby seaside resorts after a violent thunderstorm hit. A tornado damaged homes in Tigullio, causing five families to be evacuated.

The coastal area between Sestri Levante and Chiavari in the northern Liguria region of the country was hammered by strong gusts of wind. After beach huts got blown onto the tracks, power lines were brought down, causing disruption on the Genoa-La Spezia train line.

Storms in Venice were so strong that fragments of the belltower of St Mark’s were ripped off. Emergency accommodation was organised in gyms and schools by the local Civil protection agency for those whose homes were damaged during the adverse weather conditions.

Italy is going through a strange period of weather. Central and northern parts are struggling with violent winds and heavy rain storms, while the south of the country is basking in a heatwave that has reached as high as 45°C in recent days.

Around 30 people had to be evacuated from their homes on the island of Pantelleria on Wednesday, August 17, This was done as a precaution after many hectares of vegetation were destroyed by wildfires on the Mediterranean island, as reported by aa.com.

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Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]

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