A violent tornado hit off Venice, in particular the islands of St. Helena, Charterhouse and St. Erasmus, the garden of the lagoon. The Municipal Civil Protection, after an initial survey, reports that there is substantial damage to the island of Certosa with hundreds of trees felled. The restored buildings in recent times does not appear to be damaged. There were 300 hectares of agricultural land destroyed, and damage is estimated at around one million euros.
42 years ago, on September 11 1970, a violent tornado sunk hundreds of boats and caused death of 21 people by drowning in the same area. Perhaps strongest European tornado struck Italy on July 24, 1930. It was registered as F5 with gusts of about 500km/h. It leveled masonry buildings in city of Montello in Veneto and Friuli region and left 23 fatalities. Another strong twister struck Parma, Italy on July 4, 1965 with 25 fatalities and 160 injuries.
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