Severe storms in Italy produce damaging tornadoes, flash floods and landslides


Severe storms hit much of Italy on Thursday and Friday, September 25, 2020, leaving widespread damage and at least one person dead.

Meteoalarm placed 7 regions on Orange alert for heavy rain and sporadic storms on September 25 – Lombardy, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Tuscany, Lazio, Campania, Basilicata and Sardinia.

On September 26, 4 regions are on Orange alert – Calabria, Basilicata, Campania and Piemonte. Yellow alert is in effect in Lazio, Molise, Abruuzzo, Marche, Emilia e Romagna, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Flash floods in the northern province of Varese claimed the life of one person. According to ANSA, the body of the 61-year-old runner was found in a river in Luvinate, after he went missing on Thursday, September 24.

In the city of Salerno, south of Napoli, locals recorded a giant waterspout coming ashore, uprooting trees and causing damage to vehicles and buildings.

Mayor Vincenzo Napoli said nobody was injured, adding that the worst district affected was Torrione.

Local media reported widespread damage to cars and buildings.

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Across the country, at least three landfalling waterspouts were reported — in Genoa, Salerno, and Rosignano.

At least 8 people were injured in Rosignano, trees were uprooted, and roofs of homes ripped off:

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