Five killed, one missing as storms batter Italy
Oct 30, 2018 9:48 am
Six regions are on red alert due to the wave of storms, torrential rain and gales that is battering Italy.
The regions on maximum alert are Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Trentino-Alto Adige and Abruzzo, with gusts of wind reaching 100km/h in some cases. Schools in many cities, including Rome, were closed due to the extreme weather.
Five people were killed and one missing as storms battered Italy on Sunday and Monday, leading Venice vaporetto services to be suspended as a big ‘acqua alta’ hit the lagoon city, submerging three quarters of the historic centre.
Two people were killed when a tree hit a car they were travelling in near Frosinone south of Rome.
One person is dead and one seriously injured after a tree hit a car at Terracina.
The scenic Cinque Terre was being lashed by heavy rain and high winds.
The first big high water of the autumn hit Venice Monday and sirens blared across the lagoon city as the ‘acqua alta’ passed the 110 cm above sea level mark at which citizens are alerted to the phenomenon.
The water level was measured at 156 cm above sea level, with some 75% of the centre under water, local officials said.
The high water level halted vaporetto services.
Links to the lagoon islands are the only ones still being run, while buses are also running.
The rail service between Venice and the mainland is also running regularly.
The last vaporetti picked up stranded passengers.
Levels of 100-120 cm above sea level are fairly common in the lagoon city and Venice is well-equipped to cope with its rafts of pontoon walkways.
But anything much above 120cm risks swamping the city and washing the walkways away.
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