Powerful tornado hits Venice, injures 2, Italy


A powerful tornado has hit a beach in Venice, Italy on June 4, 2016, causing infrastructural damage and injuring two persons.

The event started as a waterspout in the Chioggia marina around 06:30 UTC, before hitting a popular sandy beach, La Nuova Venezia reported.

During its 2 minutes on the ground, the tornado destroyed a children's playground and a sun lounger rental store. Flying debris reportedly injured two people.

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A couple from Oklahoma, US was in Venice at the time. See their story and pictures they captured in the video below:


Damaging tornadoes are reported in Italy almost every year.

For instance, a tornado that formed near the province of Venice on July 8, 2015, was about half a kilometer (0.31 miles) wide. It caused serious damage to houses during its 10 minutes on the ground and claimed the life of 1 person. 30 people were injured and hundreds displaced.

On August 19, 2014, five tornadoes swept through the port town of Genoa, prompting flights to be diverted and causing millions of Euros worth of damage. 

Featured image: Tornado hits a beach in Venice, Italy on June 4, 2016.


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