Heavy rains hit southern Italy. The red level of danger is declared in Calabria, Basilicata, and Sicilia. Orange — in Puglia, yellow-in 10 regions.
According to ANSA, rain, gale-force winds and huge waves on the coast have already caused a lot of trouble. Firefighters are responding to numerous calls about falling trees and lampposts. In many cities, schools were closed due to bad weather.
And the center of Venice goes under water. At 5.30 am, sirens sounded in the city, which warned the population about the beginning of flooding. The water level has already reached 127 centimeters, but this is not the limit. The rescue services warn, the water will continue to arrive. It is expected to rise to 145 by morning.
However, tourists are not afraid. They are ready to walk around the city, admire the sights and sit in a cafe ankle-deep in water.
The highest water level (1.94m) was recorded in 1966, when floods flooded not only Venice but also other cities, including Florence.
On a smaller scale, the city usually floods due to the phenomenon of high water, which occurs twice a year: in spring and autumn due to lunar cycles. Heavy rains and winds from the Adriatic Sea reinforce this effect.