Sunday’s tide in Venice, Italy reached it sixth-highest level since 1872 as strong winds funneled water up the Adriatic Sea. Up to 70 percent of central Venice was flooded according to Italian news reports. Photos show businesses, homes and tourist sites inundated with water.
“Tourists in swimming costumes sat at cafe tables under the water,” reported Reuters, which said no immediate damage estimate was available.
Two large weather systems combined to produce some of Venice’s worst flooding in decades. A large area of low pressure over the Mediterranean joined forces with high pressure over the Balkans (extending all the way into Russia) to push wind and water up the Adriatic Sea.
“The median level of the Adriatic Sea swelled to about 1.4 metres (1.5 yards) above normal - the highest in nearly two years - sending water from the lagoon into St. Mark’s Square and many narrow alleyways,” Reuters reported.
The converging atmospheric flow also produced torrential rains in parts of northern Italy.
“In Tuscany, 23 centimetres (9 inches) of rain fell in four hours, causing the Ricortola and Parmignola rivers to flood, according to the regional government,” Reuters said.
The Daily Mail said 200 people in Tuscany were forced from their homes due to the flooding.
See dramatic pictures of the Venice flooding below...