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Italy Suffers Storms Following Heatwave


7Dnews London - AFP

Sun, 28 Jul 2019 18:51 GMT

Italy's weather conditions have fluctuated during the past few days as the country has experienced freak storms and flash flooding following last week's heatwave. The stormy conditions have claimed three lives so far this weekend, including a young woman caught up in a mini-tornado near Rome's Fiumicino airport, AFP reported.

The 26-year-old woman was driving home at around 2.00am Sunday when the mini-tornado lifted her car and sent it crashing against a railing. The highly localised winds tore up trees and scattered debris.

In another incident, a 45-year-old Norwegian competing in an ultramarathon in the Dolomite Mountains died after being hit by lightning as he ran at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) altitude on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, near Arezzo, south of Florence in the northern Tuscany region, a 70-year-old man died after his car got caught by flash-flooding. His body was found later on in a mud-filled canal by the emergency services.

Sudden storms have frequently been hitting Italy and claiming lives. Coldiretti, Italy's leading agricultural organisation, has expressed worries, stating that hail storms over the last 24 hours had caused millions of euros worth of damage across the country.

The worst-hit was the Arezzo province in Tuscany. Orchards, as well as fields of tobacco, sunflowers and corn, were destroyed.