Updated: 11/8/2018 1:07:59 AM
While waiting for a emergency meeting of the Cabinet, the governors of 11 of 17 regions in Italy have requested to be given the state of emergency status, including Liguria, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Sicily, Lazio, Sardinia, Calabria, Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige.
Piedmont in the north west is on an amber weather alert for the next 36 hours as the Po, Italy's longest river, flooded near Turin.
Updated: 11/5/2018 1:12:07 AM
At least 12 people have been killed by severe weather on the island of Sicily, bringing the overall death toll from the storms sweeping Italy to 29, officials said on Sunday.
Torrential rain triggering landslides and floodwaters led to the death of 10 people in the region around Palermo, a spokesman for the Sicilian capital's Prefecture said on Sunday. "There are still some people missing," he added.
Two more fatalities occurred in the region around the Sicilian town of Agrigento when the car they were traveling in was hit by a landslide, another official said.
Italy's Civil Protection Agency said the number of deaths caused by the wave of bad weather stood at 17, excluding the fatalities in Sicily.
In a tweet on Sunday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he was leaving to visit Sicily, adding he was also in constant touch with officials on the dramatic situation in the north of the country.
Heavy rains and gale-force winds have been battering Italy for several days, uprooting millions of trees and cutting off villages and roads.
Some of the worst damage has been recorded in the northern regions of Trentino and Veneto.
Updated: 11/4/2018 5:44:24 AM
Intense storms produced strong winds and heavy rain over most of the country over the past 7 days, causing widespread damage, flooding, landslides and tornadoes, killing at least 27 people.
"This is one of the most complex meteorological situations of the past 50 to 60 years," civil protection agency said.
"We are on our knees, we have already scheduled the closure of all the schools," said Veneto Governor Luca Zaia.
Severe weather continues in parts of the country and the death toll is expected to rise.
Updated: 11/4/2018 1:58:47 AM
Fierce winds and rains have killed more than 20 people in Italy this week and razed thousands of hectares of forest in the country’s devastated north, officials have said.
After causing havoc in the north, the storms also struck the southern island of Sicily overnight on Saturday, killing nine people in Palermo after their villa was flooded by the swollen Milicia river.
Winds of up to 190 kilometres per hour destroyed hectares of prized forest, felling 300,000 trees in the famous Violin Forest.
Updated: 10/31/2018 5:55:35 AM
The death toll from fierce storms battering Italy has risen to 11, civil protection authorities said on Tuesday (Oct 30), as wild weather swept parts of Europe, leaving motorists and tourists stranded.
Road 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.
"We are facing one of the most complex meteorological situations of the past 50 to 60 years," said Angelo Borrelli, head of the national civil protection agency.
"We thought the danger would come from the mountains, we thought the problem would be landslides," said Liguria head Giovanni Toti. "Instead, we get a coastal storm surge the likes of which we've never seen," he said.
Italian media reported that around 170 people, tourists and hotel staff, were stranded by heavy snowfall at the Stelvio Pass on the Swiss border.
In France, more than 1,000 drivers were trapped in their cars for the night in the mountains of the Massif Central region as the roads were engulfed in snowstorms.
About 60,000 homes still remained without power on Tuesday evening across France - mostly in the east and centre.
Another 21,000 homes were also cut off on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, which was placed on red alert Monday for powerful winds, shutting its airports and ports.
Updated: 10/30/2018 6:03:28 AM
The national Civil Protection Agency issued multiple weather warnings as storms swept much of the country, with many local authorities shutting schools and urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
“Stay at home. Do not go outside for any reason,” Terracina Mayor Nicola Procaccini told residents.
With further bad weather forecast, dozens of towns and cities said they would keep their schools closed on Tuesday, including in Rome, Venice, Verona and Naples.
Published Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Three-quarters of Venice is under floodwater as high winds and heavy rain left six people dead across Italy.
Tourists were forced to wade through the streets after the water rose by more than 156 cm to the highest level since December 2008.
The emergency prompted officials to shut down the lagoon city’s water bus system and remove the raised walkways normally put out in flooded areas.
Veneto regional governor Luca Zaia says flooding could reach the levels of the 1966 flood that struck both Venice and Florence. In a message on Instagram, he called off schools in the region for a second day on Tuesday.
The storm has also forced officials to close major tourist attractions in Rome, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum, as well as the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.
Much of the country is under alert for flooding and the Interior Ministry urged officials in the affected regions to consider closing schools and offices again on Tuesday.
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