Bad weather falls on Italy. Flooding and blackouts in Massa, uncovered roofs. Tornadoes and heavy rain on the north coast of Tuscany in the afternoon, in Carrara, Massa and Marina di Pisa. A violent storm, with gusts estimated at 140 km / h, hit the municipalities of Massa and Carrara, causing damage to the roads due to the fall of plants and trees and the flooding of the underpasses, even with cars blocked by the water however at no injuries were reported at the moment. Traffic remained blocked, with roads turned into rivers and impassable viaducts. It rained heavily for about half an hour. Violent gusts of wind uncovered roofs, including that of the Carrara swimming pool, and uprooted dozens of trees, including tall trees, which ended up in the street, with damaged cars, flooded taverns and garages. Many homes were left without electricity and without a telephone signal due to a blackout.
Pavia, tornado in the Marzano area
Mayors consider closing schools
The mayors are considering whether to close the schools tomorrow, do the inspections and check for any damage. A whirlwind more or less at the same time hit the coast of Pisa in the afternoon with the passage of the disturbance. In addition to the pouring rain, the violent gusts of wind moved material from the roofs and broke branches from the trees that invaded the roadways. About ten requests for help have been received by the firefighters who are still working to secure the buildings and clear the streets. The storm lasted about an hour and also hit the city of Pisa without any particular inconvenience being reported. The yellow weather alert was foreseen and for this reason the Municipality had decided to postpone the parade of the historical parade of the Gioco del Ponte which engages hundreds of figures in medieval costume to a later date.
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Whirlwind in Aretino
In Tuscany, strong thunderstorms also affected Arezzo and the province with particular violence on Bibbiena affected by a whirlwind that caused the uncovering of some roofs and the killing of plants. At the moment a damage assessment is underway by the carabinieri, the fire brigade and the municipal administration. The mayor has invited his fellow citizens to stay in their homes. In Valtiberina and Valdichiana rains and hailstorms caused inconvenience while in Arezzo a tree fell right at the entrance of a school fortunately without causing damage to the structure. Wind, rain but also considerable hailstones on the hills around the north of Florence. The Municipality of Vaglia, next to Florence, has opened the municipal civil protection operations center following the hailstorms that mainly hit the town of Bivigliano. Even in Pistoia and in the province, especially in Valdinievole, the bad weather has hit hard. The firefighters were busy due to the heavy rain that fell in the late afternoon for work on fallen tiles, branches and unsafe trees. In Montecatini Terme around 18.20 the firefighters intervened in Viale Bustichini for the fall of a large pine on the road. In the evening the safety measures are still in progress and road traffic is temporarily blocked.
Bad weather coming from Liguria
The mayor of Massa (Massa Carrara) Francesco Persiani invites citizens to move only out of necessity, while the teams of municipal technicians, the municipal police, civil protection, firefighters and law enforcement agencies are engaged in safety interventions of the roads and the restoration of the roads for the main arteries, including the Aurelia, which were flooded and blocked by rain and the fall of trees and plants. «It was very strong storm gusts – explained the mayor from the Coc room – derived from precipitation cells from Liguria which, due to the high temperature found on our coast, became energized, giving rise to the storm. In Massa the wind reached 141 km / h in 30 minutes ». The mayor, comforted by a situation in clear improvement for the next few days, has decided to keep the schools open tomorrow. On the other hand, the ‘Minutò hotel institute in Marina di Massa is closed by the Province.
Storms on the Varese area, trapped motorists rescued
The Viareggio Carnival stops
At the Viareggio Carnival the parade of allegorical floats was stopped due to the wind and pouring rain. The course had covered half of the route planned in this edition which, due to Covid, was moved to September. The music and the movements on the floats also stopped, while the spectators left the stands. The group masquerades and isolated masks had not been paraded. Thunderstorms were expected for today throughout Tuscany.
Roads flooded due to rain, again in Viareggio (Lucca) in the afternoon, where the pine forests were closed due to bad weather, while in the interior the SS12 of Abetone and Brennero was interrupted by the Anas near Bagni di Lucca for the roadway invaded by branches and tree trunks. Anas and law enforcement teams on site to manage the situation and to allow the reopening of the stretch of road as soon as possible. Thunderstorms, even with hail, and strong gusts of wind in Florence and its metropolitan area in the afternoon. The Civil Protection of the Metropolitan City of Florence recommends the utmost caution when driving and outdoors due to the presence of debris and branches carried by the wind.
Thunderstorms and hail in Florence
Thunderstorms with hail and gusts of wind over much of the metropolitan area of Florence during the afternoon. The Civil Protection Room of the Metropolitan City of Florence recommends the utmost caution when driving and outdoors due to the presence of debris and branches carried by the wind.