Weather: CATASTROPHE in GERMANY, HISTORIC FLOOD. Why it HAPPENED and the RISKS between LITTLE in ITALY (PHOTO and VIDEO)
Tragic images come to us from Germany. A catastrophic flood has already caused nearly 60 casualties and untold damage.
But what is happening to the climate of the old continent?
Let’s take stock of the situation by analyzing the serious reasons that led to this emergency then highlighting the potentials risks for Italy expected for the next few days.
In the last few days the Germany she found herself in one zone of confluence between the warm African flows and the cooler and more unstable currents descending from high latitudes. The collision and the interaction between different air masses favored the genesis of immense storm cells that discharged to the ground beyond 100mm of rain (100 liters per square meter) over the past 24 hours. This is the quantity that normally falls in two months. A fact indeed awesome: this event recalled in fact aflash flood more typical of the Mediterranean area than of Central Europe. This is one of the effects of the much feared climate change taking place: as average temperatures globally increase, the energy involved in the occurrence of extreme weather events also increases.
Copious and incessant rains have caused floods and severe damage, especially in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. In many areas the situation is to say the least catastrophic as the VIDEOS testify. In the Eifel valley, six buildings collapsed on the night between Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th July and another 25 homes are still in danger of collapse. According to current information, at least 50/60 people are missing. There are at least forty confirmed victims. Due to the water masses of the River Ahr, residents of some adjacent areas have been forced to take refuge on the roofs. Completely flooded subways and subways.
Firefighters are engaged in hundreds of interventions, including to free people trapped in homes. In addition, it is estimated that around 200,000 people were left without electricity. The authorities of the Rhine-Sieg county south of Cologne have ordered theevacuation of several villages under the Steinbachtal dam for fear it might give way. A firefighter drowned on Wednesday 14 during rescue work in the West German town of Altena and another fell during operations at a power plant in Werdohl-Elverlingsen. The wave of bad weather also hit the Belgium, Holland, Austria and Switzerland with rains, severe thunderstorms and floods which have caused various damages.
But what’s the situation in Italy and, above all, what are the perspectives? Our country is also dealing with this depression circulation and in recent days it has been above all the northern regions that have suffered the greatest consequences (WHO, for example, the video of the super hailstorm a Torino).
Our attention is now turned to the neighbor weekend, when the cyclone gradually moves towards the Center-South, favoring the development of storm cells even violent, with the more than real risk of storms and strong gusts of wind.
This will temporarily put an end, even in the southern regions, to a climatically rather fiery phase.
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