A wave of bad weather has hit Italy and is lashing the southern regions in particular.
Tiber docks closed in the next few hours due to bad weather. This was decided by the Civil Protection of Rome Capital, for safety reasons, due to a probable increase in the level of the Tiber. To protect people, those responsible for any temporary events and shipping companies will have to suspend all activities.
This morning the areas at risk of hydrogeological evacuation on the island of Ischia where today’s orange weather alert activated the safety procedures developed after the flood of November 26th. TO Casamicciola, where according to updated data there are about 400 citizens who live in unsafe areas in the event of heavy rains, the removal from homes – ordered by the prefectural commissioner Simonetta Calcaterra starting at 7 this morning – already started yesterday evening when 47 people they left their homes to go to the hotels identified by the municipality while another 33 will go there this morning. Even in this case there will still be many Casamicciolesi who will choose autonomous temporary accommodation, staying with relatives or friends until the all-clear.
As with the previous evacuations, the removal order was communicated by telephone by the municipal offices to the families living in the areas considered at risk and a shuttle bus service was organized to take the displaced people to the hotels, with terminus in Piazza Marina in front of the headquarters of the common. For the inhabitants of areas at lower risk, it was ordered to remove vehicles parked on public roads and advised not to move and not to use basements and lower floors of houses. Even 90 inhabitants of Ischia Porto will have to leave their homes: they are the citizens of Monte Vezzi, another area of the island at hydrogeological risk, for whom the mayor has ordered them to leave their homes until the alarm ceases, arranging reception in accommodation facilities, even if until this morning no one had made use of this temporary arrangement.
Windstorm in Naples, a tree and a scaffolding collapse
The Civil Protection of the Campania Region has extended the weather alert until 9 am on Thursday 19 January currently in force and initially scheduled until tomorrow morning. Until 9 am tomorrow, Wednesday 18 January, the alert level is Orange throughout Campania. From 9 am tomorrow until the same time on Thursday 19 the alert level is Orange on Piana Campana, Naples, islands, Vesuvian area, Sorrento-Amalfi peninsula, Monti di Sarno and Monti Picentini, Tusciano and Alto Sele, Piana Sele and Cilento ; Yellow level on the rest of the region.
The very strong south-westerly winds that have been blowing in the Gulf of Naples since last night are paying off difficult navigation for Ischia and Procida. All fast sea connections are suspended and at the moment only a few trips made by ferries are confirmed.
Strong winds over thirty knots and waves over four meters lashing Capri and the entire coastal strip. Interrupted connections by sea: two connections with the mainland guaranteed in the early hours of the day, towards Naples and back, then the stop starting at 9.30 waiting for the weather conditions to improve. Hydrofoils, catamarans and other fast vehicles remained stationary on the quay, in the ports of departure.
Bad weather in Campania, civil protection extends the weather alert
The Tremiti Islands have been isolated for two days (Foggia). The bad weather with strong gusts of wind that has affected the coast in recent days has prevented the connection by sea between the port of Termoli and the Diomedee once again today. The freight and passenger motor vessel remained in port for the second consecutive day. The marine weather report forecasts winds from the south, south-west at force 6 and rough seas.
Flooding and inconvenience due to bad weather in the Nuoro area due to strong gusts of wind, which is approaching 50 km/h, and rain. Suffice it to say that 70 mm of rainfall has fallen so far on the peaks of Gennargentu, while in Fonni and Desulo it has reached over 40 mm but no damage has been reported. However, a tree fell at the crossroads for Mamoiada, on state road 389 between Nuoro and Lanusei. It was removed by the emergency intervention of the fire brigade while the traffic police regulated the traffic. In Nuoro the firefighters intervened for a flood in a gymnasium in via Trieste and for a dangerous ledge in via Istiritta. Interventions also in Budoni and San Teodoro for the safety of roads with nearby unsafe trees. In the Oristano area, on Mount Crispu in Bosa, an intervention by the fire brigade is underway to recover a flock of sheep that has remained isolated.
Bad weather also hits southern and western Tuscanyincluding the archipelago. “Due to the rough sea, some ferry crossings to the islands have been suspended, the buoy at Gorgona has recorded waves of up to 6 meters“, writes the president Eugenio Giani on social networks, reporting instead that in the Sienese area the Arbia river in Monteroni is “under observation where it has passed the second guard level at 5.50 meters. Interventions are underway by our Civil Protection and Fire Brigade system for flooding of streets and basements in the area”. Personnel of the Montalcino detachment of firefighters are intervening for flooding of shops, cellars and streets in Monteroni where the Arbia flows near the houses .
Heavy rains affected Arezzo and its province throughout the morning. In particular, it is worth noting the flooding of ditches that poured water on regional road 71 near Rigutino in the municipality of Arezzo and on provincial road 327 near Alberoro di Monte San Savino.
The Roman coast is lashed by a strong storm with an intensity that, according to the seaside resorts, approaches that of last November 21st which caused serious damage to various structures on the coast between Ostia and Fregene. Strong wind on the rise but also waves of three meters. “It is a situation with extremely critical conditions also because the peak is expected tonight with waves up to 3.5 meters”, reports a seaside resort from Fregene, who, among other things, defended the windows of one of his veranda structures by closing them with palanche. Several establishments are flooded. There are various stretches of coast between Ostia and Fregene where, for some time, the signs of erosion, damage and debris caused by the latest storms have been visible and bathing establishments do not hide new concerns. In Fregene, the construction site of the submerged barrier has been temporarily suspended since last Friday: “Information has arrived that does not pertain to the contract in progress and the contracting company, but which has led the municipal administration to consider it necessary to question the Prefecture for the acquisition of some data necessary to proceed”, the clarification of the Municipality of Fiumicino.
THEBad weather is raging in Veneto with widespread rain and a few dustings of snow in the mountains. There is expectation in Venice for the development of the high water foreseen in the 100 cm. on the middle sea in today’s late evening but evolving for the following days. The probability of rain – according to the Veneto Regional Agency for the Environment (Arpav) – is overall medium-low (25-50%), for local to temporarily scattered and generally modest phenomena. The snowline dropped to the valley floor starting at 400-700 meters elevation but with possible further lowering up to the foothills. The snowfall recorded during the night ranges from 2-5 centimeters up to 10 on the Dolomite peaks. The minimum temperatures are above the seasonal average with Belluno 2 degrees, Verona 4, Treviso 6, Vicenza 6, Padua 6, Rovigo 6, Venice 6. The sudden changes in temperature advise against off-piste skiing in the mountains, even if the danger of avalanches ranges from moderate ‘2’ to marked ‘3’ on a scale up to ‘5’. The problem is that the windblown snow that accumulates is not stable with respect to the pre-existing snowpack.
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