Deadly storms lash Italy leaving Venice afloat

Two people were killed in Terracina 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of Rome after a tornado swept through the town and caused a tree to fall on their auto, according to state broadcaster RAI.

Roads were blocked and thousands of people were left without power in southern and central Europe, as rains and violent winds sparked flooding and tore trees from their roots. In Savona, an elderly woman died after a tornado lashed the northwestern province.

In Venice, water transport services were halted as three quarters of the city-centre flooded to a height of 1.5 metres by early afternoon, the highest water level since 2012.

A man walks through garbage between two yachts after a storm hit the harbour and destroyed a part of the dam on 30 October 2018 in Rapallo, near Genoa, Italy.

Elite and amateur runners were forced to trudge through flood waters during the Venice marathon this weekend.

The waters have only topped 150 centimeters five times before in recorded history.

Three-quarters of the lagoon city of Venice was under water Monday as large swathes of Italy continued to be battered by severe storms.

As the city begins to recover from the intense storms that recently hit Italy, killing several people, the restaurant in Venice has its doors open and is serving anyone daring enough to venture out into the flood.

Schools have been closed around the country and the authorities have warned against non-essential travel as the Civil Protection Agency issued multiple weather warnings.

The city frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but yesterday's levels were exceptional.

Dozens of trees were reported uprooted across Rome and many parks and tourist sites were closed, including the Roman Forum and Colosseum.

Speaking on Monday, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said a series of underwater barriers would have prevented the rising water levels.

Veneto regional governor Luca Zaia says flooding this week could reach the levels of the 1966 flood that struck both Venice and Florence.

  • Joey Payne