Record-breaking rain produced floods in a vast swath of Italy’s Tuscany region as Storm Ciarán pushed into the country overnight, trapping residents in their homes, inundating hospitals and overturning cars. At least five people were killed, bringing the storm’s death toll in western Europe to 12 on Friday.
According to officials from the Italian Civil Protection, a total of approximately 8 inches of precipitation was recorded over the course of three hours, spanning from the coastal city of Livorno to the Mugello valley inland, resulting in overflowing riverbanks. Footage depicts numerous vehicles being swept away on a flooded roadway.
“Tuscany Governor Eugenio Giani described the unprecedented downpour as a wave of water bombs,” he stated during an interview with Italian news channel Sky TG24. He also announced the five fatalities on social media and shared images of extensive areas flooded by the heavy rainfall.
According to Italian news agency ANSA, the fatalities in Tuscany consisted of an elderly man, aged 85, who was discovered in his flooded ground floor home near Prato, north of Florence, and an 84-year-old woman who passed away while attempting to remove water from her residence in the same region. A third person was also reported deceased in Livorno.
The news outlet BBC stated that weather advisories and flood notices remain in effect for the Eastern region of England.
MP for Suffolk Coastal, Therese Coffey, informed BBC Radio that the quantity of rain in Suffolk has been remarkable. She acknowledged that there are several villages that have not previously encountered such heavy rain and flooding.
A video shared by the BBC depicted a vehicle being carried away by the ocean and the roofs of structures being blown away.
On Thursday, there was a heavy downpour of rain, which occurred within a span of less than two weeks since the last one.
The severe storm named Babet resulted in numerous fatalities and widespread destruction of buildings and belongings. and widespread flooding.