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04 Nov 2018 | 08:20 PM UTC

Italy: Flooding leaves 29 dead as of November 4 /update 2

Italy News Alert

Severe storms and resultant flooding leaves at least 29 dead across Italy as of November 4; further rain forecast in northern Italy in coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/4/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/6/2018, 11:59 PM (Europe/Rome). COUNTRY/REGION Italy

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Large swathes of Italy continue to face historic storms as of early November, leading to fatalities, material damages, and transportation disruptions, with adverse weather forecast to continue in many parts of the country in the coming days. As of Sunday, November 4, at least 29 people have died nationwide since October 30, with the death toll rising sharply after 12 people were killed in flash floods on the island of Sicily overnight on November 3-4; ten of those killed died around Palermo and two more near Agrigento. On November 4, Italian authorities issued orange alerts (the second-highest on a four-tier scale, indicating hazardous weather conditions) for the regions of Veneto, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, and Lazio (including Rome), which will remain in effect through November 5. Transportation disruptions and power outages remain 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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