Italy in the grip of bad weather. The Atlantic disturbance, christened Christian, which struck yesterday on the northern regions and part of the western sectors of the Center-South, will continue to cause bad weather conditions over a large part of the country in the next few hours. According to the weather alert issued by the Department of Civil Protection, today there will be rainfall with a prevalent downpour or thunderstorm character on Liguria, Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Veneto. The phenomena will be accompanied by strong showers, local hailstorms, frequent electrical activity and strong gusts of wind.
On the basis of the expected and ongoing phenomena, a red alert on part of Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria was assessed for Tuesday 5 October. Orange alert on the Autonomous Province of Trento and on part of Lombardy, Piedmont, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Tuscany and Sicily and yellow alert on the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, on Veneto, on Lazio, Umbria, Campania, on part of Valle d’Aosta , Emilia-Romagna, Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria and Molise and the remaining territories of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Piedmont, Liguria, Tuscany and Sicily.
In Piedmont red alert for hydrogeological risk
If in Liguria this morning the alert was downgraded from red to yellow, in central-eastern Piedmont the red alert for hydrogeological risk remains. It was issued by Arpa Piemonte following the intense rainfall that is affecting the Biella and Turin areas. The most significant peaks in the last 3 hours in Graglia, in the Turin area, where 65.2 mm of rain fell, in Varisella and Pian Audi, also in the Turin area, where 62.4 mm and 55.8 mm fell respectively, and Oropa, in the Biella area, with 49.1 mm.
In Alessandria, the Bormida flood has passed reaching the peak at 2 and now the level is decreasing and currently below the danger threshold. Even the Tanaro in Montecastello, still with values above the warning threshold, is decreasing. The Po in Isola Sant’Antonio is growing slightly, but with values below the warning level.
In northern Piedmont the Anza stream remains stationary below the guard level, the Cervo is increasing in the Passobreve and Vigliano sections, with values currently below the guard level and the Orco in Spineto, at the stationary moment, has exceeded in the night the guard level. From mid-morning the phenomena are expected to diminish although still persisting in the northern sector of the region and in exhaustion in the rest of Piedmont.
Traffic suspended on the Rome-Naples section via Formia and Rome-Nettuno
Railway traffic is suspended from 1.50 this night on the Rome-Naples line, via Formia (FL7) in the section between Rome Casilina and Latina, and on the Rome-Nettuno (FL8) line between Rome Casilina and Nettuno, due to damage caused by bad weather. Trenitalia communicates this in a note.
During the strong storm, lightning caused a fire in a cable cabin near Torricola, with consequent damage to the train circulation systems. The technicians of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (FS Italiane Group) intervened during the night to check the conditions of the infrastructure and are working to restore safety conditions and reactivate traffic.
The rescheduling of the commercial offer with traffic diversion via Cassino is underway and a replacement bus service has been activated between the Roma Termini and Latina stations and between Roma Termini and Nettuno. Smart Caring services have been prepared and the Customer Care service has been activated in the Roma Termini, Campoleone, Nettuno, Aprilia and Latina stations.
Reopened on the A26 stretch between the A10 junction and Ovada closed due to landslide
The section between the junction with the A10 and Ovada, in the direction of Gravellona, was reopened shortly after 6 on the A26 Genova Voltri – Gravellona Toce, previously closed due to a landslide due to the intense rainfall that affected the area.
Traffic currently deviates on the opposite carriageway with one lane available to traffic in both directions. There are no traffic problems in the direction of Gravellona, while there are 5 km of queues in the direction of Genoa. A note from Autostrade gave the news.