At least six dead as heavy rain, flooding, hits Italy

Tourists wade under arches next to the flooded St Mark's Square

Tourists wade under arches next to the flooded St Mark's Square

The Guardian reported that Monday witnessed strong winds in Venice, which raised the water level to more than 5 feet, rendering even the eleavted walkways useless.

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Winds of up to 110 miles per hour have hit the country, and two tornadoes ripped through the coastal town of Terracina.

A 21-year-old man was killed by a falling tree while walking in Naples and a woman died after being struck by debris blown off a building.

At least three quarters of Venice was under water while large parts of Italy experienced flooding, reported AP.

As the city begins to recover from the intense storms that recently hit Italy, killing several people, the restaurant in Venice has its doors open and is serving anyone daring enough to venture out into the flood.

In southern Austria, authorities have deployed hundreds of mobile anti-flooding dams as rivers burst their banks, while in the city of Salzburg a roof section from the mediaeval ramparts flew off in high winds.

The waters have only topped 150 centimeters five times before in recorded history.

Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday's level was the highest since December 2008, according to Venice statistics.

The national Civil Protection Agency issued multiple weather warnings as storms swept much of the country, with many local authorities shutting schools and urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Officials closed major tourist attractions in Rome, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum, early because of heavy rains.

Strong winds and heavy rain pummeling Italy has left three-quarters of Venice submerged in floodwater, officials said Monday.

Tourists under arches next to the flooded St Mark's Square during a high-water (Acqua Alta) alert in Venice on October 29, 2018.

Luca Zaia, head of the Veneto region, said he was anxious that the situation could be worse than the huge floods in 2010.

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