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Heavy storms in northern Italy: swimmers flee

Heavy storms in northern Italy: swimmers flee

Severe storms battered northern and central Italy on Saturday, causing significant damage in some cases. The area around Bologna and the Adriatic coast were among those affected. The weather service of the Emilia-Romagna region, of which Bologna is the capital, also reported violent thunderstorms from the provinces of Reggio Emilia, Ferrara and Ravenna. Pictures showed broken electricity poles, collapsed homes, scattered roof tiles and wrecked cars.

One video showed swimmers fleeing en masse from the beach at Lido di Classe near Ravenna. The exact extent of the damage is not yet clear.

According to what was reported by the newspaper “La Repubblica”, three people were injured in the province of Ferrara. Severe hailstorms were reported from Bologna. The authorities there warned against the use of tunnels and the danger of falling trees and street signs. Various railway lines in the area were also cut off. There have been reports of hail the size of tennis balls in some places. According to the Meteorological Department, wind gusts of up to 129 kilometers per hour were recorded.

There were also severe storms in the Marche-Adriatic region, which borders Emilia-Romagna to the south. According to the website “La Repubblica”, one of the beaches of Ancona was surprised by a sudden and violent storm. While the beaches were still littered with bathtubs, the sky darkened within minutes, and strong winds tore off dozens of umbrellas. Waves broke through the sixth row of beaches, chairs were floating in the water.

Severe storms hit northern Italy on Friday. Among other things, a video caused mobs of water and ice to splash through the streets of the small town of Seregno in Lombardy.

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Italian meteorologists expect a new heat wave at the beginning of next week. And the weather service wrote on Saturday that temperatures from 47 to 48 degrees are possible between Sardinia and Sicily. Talk about “Caronte bis” (Caronte with encore), a reference to the high-pitched “Caronte” from last week. Caronte is the Italian name for Charon, the ferryman of the underworld in Greek and Roman mythology.

Today, Saturday, the meteorological service of the Italian Air Force recorded a high of 40 degrees from Palermo, the capital of Sicily, in the early afternoon. The temperature in Rome was 37 degrees. It had already measured 41.8 degrees there last Tuesday.