At the mercy of inclement weather are the Italian regions of Emilia-Romagna and Marche, with the capitals of Bologna and Ancona, both affected by the Mediterranean hurricane.
La Repubblica reported on Tuesday evening that the situation in Cesena is getting more and more serious, with many people climbing onto their roofs to escape the rushing waters of the overflowing River Savio.
Several people swam, while others were rescued by neighbors.
The following video shows the dramatic rescue of a woman and her child in Cesena.
About a thousand residents left their homes for precautionary reasons, with the help of the fire brigade and the civil protection service.
He added, “The situation in the area is really dangerous. We have areas without electricity, even for a few hours, we have a flood situation not only in the seaview but also from the creeks. We have severe damage to things. Right now, we all need to focus on getting people to safety.” This is our priority. We must be patient, we must fight back, we must help each other,” Cesena Mayor Enzo Latuca said via Facebook, in the first report of bad weather.
As the Savina River has “already exceeded the alert level and is at risk of flooding”, the municipality of Bologna orders the cellars and ground floors of buildings along some streets in the city to be evacuated. The statement said the decision was taken “to protect public safety”.
But in the evening the municipality of Ravenna ordered the immediate evacuation of all settlements and houses near the banks of the River Savio in the districts of Ronco and Montone.
The municipality warned late at night of images of devastation in Faenza, where “the rivers Marchino and Lamon overflow their banks and water enters the city: bishop”.
Schools and highways closed, handbrake on trains
Schools will also remain closed tomorrow, Wednesday, in dozens of towns in Emilia-Romagna and the Marche region.
Due to severe weather and flooding, most rail and road links have been disrupted and the alert will remain “red” for at least another 24 hours.
And the mayors of the areas affected by the bad weather called on the residents not to move out of their homes until the weather conditions improved.
In Imola, the Civil Protection ordered the “Enzo e Dino Ferrari” track to be cleared. The decision was taken as a precaution, taking into account the flooding of the Santerno River, which runs nearby. Given the current conditions and weather forecast, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, which will be held from May 19-21, is not in danger, Repubblica reports.
Bad weather does not recede
It is normal for 150 mm of precipitation to fall within 48 hours
According to the weather forecast, heavy rain will continue until tomorrow night.
Lorenzo Tedesi, meteorologist at www.iLMeteo.it, points out two main regions: the lower Tyrrhenian Sea and Emilia-Romagna, where a lot of rain has already happened and will continue.
“The soil is saturated, it no longer absorbs rain and flash floods are a reality. The warning has been red for days in Italy, due to bad weather hitting frequently. Before there was little water with severe drought, now there is a lot. It is probably also because to climate change.”
Meanwhile, the Tunisian hurricane, which struck Sicily and much of the south yesterday, also reached the north-central regions. Then a violent and deep hurricane with winds and torrents was recorded.
In the next few hours it will rain non-stop in Emilia-Romagna as it did at the beginning of the month: rains of similar duration and intensity are expected. Bad weather will affect almost all of Italy, with less intensity only in Isola Maggiore and partly in the northwest.
Tomorrow the Tunisian hurricane, which formed between Algeria, Tunisia and Libya with storms and in the desert, will move to the central Adriatic Sea and cause more bad weather: heavy rains are expected again in Romania, Marche and the Tyrrhenian Sea.
But on Thursday, May 18, a slight improvement is expected with the phase between the hurricanes, that is, between two hurricanes: the Tunisian hurricane will have moved away towards the Balkans, while a new Algerian hurricane will try to follow in the footsteps of the first hurricane.
Another 10 days of unsettled and not hot weather is expected, according to the Italian Meteorological Service, the exact opposite of dry and hot weather in May 2022.
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