CM – Floods in Sicily: Two die after a violent storm devastated the Italian island when rescue workers warn of a “critical situation”


The rare weather system believed to be a Medicane or Mediterranean cyclone was hit when sea levels were 8 ° C warmer than average, forecasters said.

At least two People have died after a rare cyclone struck Sicily that left parts of the Italian island underwater.

Town squares and streets have turned into lakes when widespread flooding submerged the city of Catania and the surrounding areas. </ According to the Sicilian Farmers Association, more than 300 mm (11.8 in) of rain fell in just a few hours on Sunday – almost half the average amount expected on the Mediterranean island in a year.

The rains have prompted the emergency authorities to issue the highest red alert for the northern tip of Sicily and Calabria in southern Italy, which warns of a possible danger to life and property damage.

Tue A man’s body was found under a car as torrential winds and rain swept through the town of Gravina in northern Catania, according to volunteer rescue workers.

Another man’s body, 67, was found in a citrus grove far from on Monday found the place where his car was hit by rising water and mud, southwest of Catania.

His wife has been reported missing, the emergency services said – while the emergency services fight against the rapidly deteriorating conditions.

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A low pressure system in the central Mediterranean has already brought considerable rain; more heavy rain is to be expected in the next few days.

In the last 48 hours, 199.6 mm of rain has been registered in the region of Calabria in southwest Italy.

More heavy showers, thunderstorms or longer periods of rain will bring another 100-200mm of rain to southwest Italy and Sicily in the next few days.

In some places up to 250 mm is possible. Floods are a big problem, with lightning strikes, heavy hail and gusty winds adding to the dangers.

Red rain and thunderstorm warnings cover southwest Italy until Wednesday and Sicily until the end of Thursday.

According to the Met Office, rainfall could end up being more than three times the October average before the low pressure system moves north.

This extreme rain comes just a few weeks after the European 12-hour rain record in Northwest Italy was broken.

Rossiglione in Genoa, Liguria, saw a massive 741 mm of rain in just 12 hours on October 4th, breaking the European record.

« The emergency is widespread and extremely critical and does not seem to be improving, » warned a fire department spokesman.

Catania’s mayor Salvo Pogliese has ordered that all shops with the exception of pharmacies and grocery stores close until midnight.

« I urge all people not to leave their homes except in emergencies, » he wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

In the city center, power outages were triggered and a number of schools had to close.

Dozens of flights have been diverted from the area, with ferry services between the southern islands canceled.

The tropic-like storm is believed to be a medicin sometimes referred to as the Mediterranean cyclone or hurricane.

The devastating weather system – which is expected to peak between Thursday and Friday – arrived when the sea was 8 ° C warmer, according to the Italian weather website than average.

It comes just weeks after more than 29 inches of rain fell over Italy in just 12 hours – a European record broken, with the municipality of Rossiglione in Genoa, Liguria, among the hardest hit areas heard.

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