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Extremely rare tornado hits Trieste as historic supercell barells through the North Adriatic Sea


An intense supercell storm barrelled through the North Adriatic Sea on Monday, December 7, 2020, generating a rare tornado that hit the city of Trieste in Italy, and damaging hail across the Slovenian coast.

A historic supercell storm produced a rare tornado that struck the Italian city of Trieste on Monday, December 7.

"Call it rare, historic, or whatever possible, [but] the event is extremely rare," SWE wrote.

"Let us repeat, it is December 7th, a winter month, and the Adriatic Sea and the city of Trieste are located in central Europe. And the area experienced an intense supercell and a tornado."

"This was a very rare and probably a historic event for the region. To receive a supercell storm during the winter month of December is very uncommon for this part of Europe. And to top this, the storm also developed a tornado that rolled into the city of Trieste."

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The storm system also brought damaging hail and winds across the Slovenian coast. The areas reportedly affected were Piran, Sečovlje, Portorož, Lucija, and Izola, the worst-hit, as the city was engulfed in ice.

In Oktobrska Street, strong winds knocked down a tree, which collapsed on a parking canopy. Initial reports said at least three vehicles were damaged.

"The supercell storm was associated with frequent lightning strikes, even with a lightning barrage at times," said SWE, which created "a remarkable scene over the Gulf of Trieste and the Slovenian coast."

Featured image credit: Pupia News/YouTube


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