The Watchers, Posted by Teo Blašković: Severe weather hit wide swaths of Italy over the weekend, from South Tyrol down to the central region of Lazio around Rome, killing at least 4 people in two separate incidents and leaving several missing.
“A supercell outbreak with numerous intense and deadly storms has verified across northern Italy,” Severe Weather Europe meteorologists noted August 31. “Several tornadoes were reported, besides destructive winds, very large hail events, and severe flooding.”
Two girls aged three and 14 were killed on August 29 in Tuscany, when a tornado uprooted a tree which then hit their tent at a campsite in Marina di Mass. Additionally, two German tourists were killed during severe flooding near Bolzano, South Tyrol after their car collided with a lorry.
At least one person is missing in the Varese area after being swept away by a swollen river, The Local reports.
Hailstones the size of eggs were reported in Cremona, Mantova, and Bergamo in Lombardy, where authorities had to call in heavy machinery to clear out roads.
The city of Verona is again making headlines after multiple waves of severe weather since August 23. The city has been hit by severe flooding, giant hailstones, and strong winds, causing considerable damage.
Severe damage reports are coming from the entire Veneto region, with Vicenza and Belluno areas hit particularly hard. Vincenza was reportedly hit by a tornado that flattened trees, fences and road signs and damaged buildings.
Widespread severe weather continued into Monday, August 31 and is now spreading further east.
“Robust supercells are likely along the frontal system across central Italy, west-central Balkans, and along the front from Belarus into Russia,” SWE said in today’s Severe Weather Outlook / Forecast for Europe.
“Very large hail, severe damaging winds, torrential/excessive rainfall, and tornadoes are likely.”
“While appearing to the children of men as a great physician who can heal all their maladies, he will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation. Even now he is at work. In accidents and calamities by sea and by land, in great conflagrations, in fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power. He sweeps away the ripening harvest, and famine and distress follow. He imparts to the air a deadly taint, and thousands perish by the pestilence. These visitations are to become more and more frequent and disastrous. Destruction will be upon both man and beast.” Great Controversy, page 589.