Venice flooded as storms hit Italy

Leroy Wright
November 3, 2018

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 vehicle, according to state broadcaster RAI.

Authorities in the lagoon city of Venice had barred access to the central St Mark's Square, which was heavily flooded.

Local news agencies reported damage to the famed Saint Mark's Basilica, where water reportedly reached 35 inches. It was the highest flood in a decade in Venice, although far short of the record, more than 76 inches above sea level, set in November 1966.

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Much of the Italian lagoon city of Venice was engulfed with water after high tides and strong winds caused the most severe flooding for years. This is the peak time of the year for seasonal flooding known as acqua alta, or high water, in the city.

Venice's mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, said he had asked to talk to the country's prime minster, Giuseppe Conte, about the urgency of the project. Falling trees also killed a man in Terracina south of the capital, and another in the Naples region, authorities said.

Dozens of people are reported wounded, among which there are also several firefighters.

Officials closed major tourist attractions in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Forum, early because of heavy rains.

Nearly all parts of northern Italy are on alert due to the storms, with wind gusting up to 100 km per hour and rainfall in some parts equivalent to the amount that falls over several months. The Interior Ministry urged officials in storm-struck regions, about half of the country, to consider closing schools and offices for a second day Tuesday.

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