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28 Nov 2020 | 03:56 PM UTC

Italy: Whirlwind causes damage in Catania November 28

Tornadic phenomenon causes damage amid flooding and inclement weather in Catania on November 28; monitor weather updates

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Event

A violent whirlwind struck near Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) amid inclement weather across Sicily on Saturday, November 28. Initial reports indicate that the tornadic phenomenon caused damage to structures and warehouses and uprooted trees and uncovered roofs. Further information regarding the extent of the damage is awaited. No casualties have been immediately reported.

Floods have also been reported throughout the province of Catania on Saturday due to a low pressure system bringing heavy rains to the region. Firefighters have had to carry out dozens of rescue operations and some buildings have been evacuated. Local authorities have advised people to stay at home where possible and to take the utmost care if they have to venture out.

Weather conditions are expected to improve in the coming days; however, residual disruptions to transport, utilities, and businesses are expected over the coming days.

Advice

Those in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.

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