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Italy Experiences Record Rainfall from Storm Ciarán as European Death Toll Reaches 14

Record Rainfall and Flooding Hit Italy's Tuscany Region Amid Storm Ciarán; European Death Toll Reaches 14

 
 
Italy's Tuscany region faced unprecedented rainfall and flooding as Storm Ciarán swept through, trapping residents, inundating hospitals, and causing car overturns. Six fatalities occurred in Italy, with an additional casualty reported in Albania, bringing the storm's European death toll to 14.
 
In Albania, a motorist lost control on flooded roads in Tirana, resulting in a fatal accident. Massive waves and strong winds along the Adriatic shores caused havoc in the Balkans, uprooting trees and disrupting ferry services in Croatia.
 
Italian Civil Protection reported nearly eight inches of rain in a three-hour span, causing riverbanks to overflow from Livorno to the Mugello valley. Dramatic videos captured cars being swept away on flooded roads. Tuscany Governor Eugenio Giani noted that this storm brought rainfall levels not seen in the last century.
 
In France, around 260,000 homes, predominantly in Brittany and Normandy, remained without electricity after Storm Ciaran's passage. The storm claimed two lives in France, and President Emmanuel Macron urged vigilance, emphasizing the restoration of normal life and aiming for 90% of affected households to have electricity by Monday.
 
As Storm Domingos approaches, meteorologists placed 10 new French departments on orange alert, anticipating violent gusts of wind along the Atlantic coast. Climate scientists link heavier rainfall during storms like Ciarán to human-induced climate change, resulting in more severe damage.
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