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02 Nov 2018 | 11:58 PM UTC

Italy: Strong storms cause fatalities in northern Italy /update 1

Italy News Alert

Heavy storms across northern Italy kill at least 18 people as of November 2; further rains and strong winds forecast in coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/2/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/5/2018, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Italy

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Parts of northern Italy have been significantly affected by heavy rains and strong winds in recent days. According to government officials, at least 18 people have been killed from Tuesday, October 30, to Friday, November 2. Wind gales of up to 120 km/h (75 mph) brought down tens of thousands of trees in the Fiemme valley, blocking roads and causing power disruptions to some areas. Around 160,000 people lost power in the Dolomites mountain range (Veneto region) on Friday. The storms have also caused mudslides, blocking roads in the Veneto and Trentino regions. Other significantly impacted areas include Lazio, Campania, and Emilia-Romagna. Additional heavy rain and strong wind is expected to hit Italy in the coming days. Further transportation disruptions and power outages are possible.


Individuals in affected regions are advised to keep abreast of weather alerts, confirm travel reservations, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.


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