August 18, 2022 – 11:34 am
From Livorno to Florence, wind and rain in a few minutes uprooted trees, made tiles fall, and created considerable inconvenience to traffic. Whirlwind on the coast
from Lorenzo Sarra, Simone Lanari, Simone Dinelli
A violent storm hit Tuscany: from Livorno to Florence, wind and rain in a few minutes uprooted trees, made tiles fall, and created considerable inconvenience to traffic in the cities but also on long-distance roads: closed the A12 between Massa and Livorno, trees on the Florence-Pisa-Livorno. In Florence city a tree fallen on the Cascine tramway, they do not live there in the Cascine area. In Carrara a real whirlwind hit the center, sweeping away the market. Tornado also in Viareggio. Governor Eugenio Giani wrote on social media: With the operations room following the strong perturbation that is crossing Tuscany with gusts of wind above 100km / h. The regional civil protection system is active and interventions are already underway in various provinces for tree falls and safety measures.
At the Carlo Monni stop, Cascine area, a tree that fell on the tram around 11am. The vehicle, at the moment of impact, had stopped to allow passengers to board and board. Fortunately, there are no people involved. The trunk has totally bent the Sirius pantograph. The technicians of Gest intervened on the spot.
The tornado caused a man to be injured in a bus depot in Massa (Massa Carrara), hit in the head by materials, objects and debris blown up by the wind. Once part of the roof has been uncovered, the hinged doors are torn off. The injured person, as the transport company At explains, is a maintenance worker from an external company; remained conscious but was taken to the emergency room. The debris also broke the windows of three coaches. In Carrara a real whirlwind hit the center, sweeping away the market.
Strong gusts of wind swept the coast for about 30 minutes before a violent downpour that created considerable inconvenience to traffic in Livorno. In the area of the terrace and Porta a Mare there have been numerous damages to umbrellas, chairs, tables have flown away. In Piazza Mazzini a tree was felled by the storm, in Piazza Attias a whirlwind formed which damaged the outdoor furniture of several bars and some bins ended up in the street. The storm also struck in the areas of Cecina and Rosignano where several trees and umbrellas from the activities fell. Along the Aurelia variant between Cecina and Rosignano some trees have fallen and there are broken branches in the middle of the road.
Lucca and Versilia
Damage and major inconvenience due to bad weather in the province of Lucca, especially in Versilia. In Viareggio a large tree fell on the Aurelia variant at the Viareggio Sud exit, temporarily closed to traffic. In via del Giglio a repeater went up in flames; numerous fallen trees, one of which hit a parked car in the square in front of the railway station. In the Ponente pine forest 4 pine trees crashed into the railing of an apartment building, but there are no people involved. Damage also in Piazza Mazzini. Critical situation also in the rest of the coast and in the interior of Versilia, with trees fallen on the cars also in Lido di Camaiore and Massarosa. In the city of Lucca a large tree crashed on the walk of the Walls, without hitting anyone. Big also in the Serchio Valley and problems in Garfagnana: a whirlwind hit Fornaci di Barga, uncovering a roof. The material hit the provincial road, hitting a passing car. In Diecimo, a hamlet of Borgo a Mozzano, a pylon was knocked down.
(Article being updated)
18 August 2022 | 11:34
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