At around 11am today, a tornado hit Venice in Italy. Initial reports indicate that trees were damaged, market stalls overturned and some buildings were damaged. No injuries have been reported.
One of the worst hit areas was the Sant’Elena island where an open air market was in progress. The tornado caused terrified shoppers to dash for cover.
A water bus ticket office had its roof ripped off by the tornado which some reports stated was a waterspout. A number of boats were capsized.
Around one hundred trees on Certosa Island were knocked down by the tornado and the outdoor dining area of the island’s restaurant was completely destroyed.
On Sant’Erasmo island, the roofs were removed from around a dozen houses, according to reports from emergency services in the area. In the interests of safety, the cemetery on Sant’Erasmo island has been closed.
Here are two videos of today’s tornado:
Venice Tornado – video 1
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[youtube width=”550″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjPgqbptEDc[/youtube]
Venice Tornado – video 2
[youtube width=”550″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH_O1xijr2U[/youtube]
This is one of the trees which fell victim to today’s tornado:
Venice is no stranger to such events, the most damaging of which occurred in 1970. Another tornado blew through Venice in 2008.
Here is an eye witness report of the Tornado in Venice – Eyewitness Report – Cat, You’re Not in Kansas Anymore Cat Bauer is an author and journalist who has lived in Venice since 1998.
Tree photograph from City of Venice press office