11 Dead in Italy as Storms Batter Europe
The death toll from flooding and gale-force winds battering Italy rose to 11, authorities said Tuesday as storms raged across Europe.
Roads were reported blocked and thousands were left without power in southern and central Europe, where fierce winds and rain felled trees.
Venice flooded to a level seen few times before in the lagoon city’s history, with tourists and residents holding bags above their heads as water sloshed above their knees.
Debris from pulverized yachts filled the harbor of Rapallo near Genoa after a dam broke under the pressure of flood waters.
Heavy snow trapped many in their cars and hotels in the mountainous intersecting border regions of Italy, Switzerland, and France.