Giovedì, 17 Ottobre 2019
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Bad weather halts flights, trains, boats across Italy


Rome, November 11 - Late autumn storms bearing high
winds, heavy rains and in some regions, sleet and snow snarled
plane, train and automobile traffic throughout Italy on Monday.
High winds delayed flights arriving and taking off from
Rome's international airport Monday morning as authorities said
strong wind gusts made it dangerous to fly.
Flights at Leonardo da Vinci airport were delayed by as
much as four hours, with cafes inside the main terminal building
opening late Sunday night and distributing water to stranded
Meanwhile, Florentines held their breath as heavy rainfall
swelled rivers, including the Arno, Monday but civil authorities
said levels were not so high as to cause concern.
Memories are still strong of catastrophic flooding in
November 1966 in the birthplace of the Renaissance.
On the island of Sardinia, winds blowing up to 90 km per
hour closed the main airport in Cagliari to late-night flights
on Sunday and continued to make air and maritime travel
difficult the following day.
Delays continued through late morning Monday while ferries
between mainland Italy and Sardinia's ports, especially in the
north, were delayed by the vicious weather.
Falling trees near the Sardinian city of Sassari closed
roads and disrupted traffic, while similar problems of downed
trees and power interruptions were reported in the northern
Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
Firefighters there worked through the night to try to clear
trees blocking roads.
The story was the same around the northwestern port city of
Genoa, where powerful winds flipped a truck on a highway,
slightly injuring the driver, and forced flight delays at the
city's airport as well as its maritime ports.
Italy's business capital of Milan saw similar air traffic
In the central Italian city of Bologna, trains were halted
for as long as 90 minutes due to electrical problems created by
the bad weather stretching across to the Adriatic sea and such
port cities as Ancona and Fano.
At high altitudes in the mountainous area of Abruzzo, near
the city of L'Aquila, rain mixed with snow to create treacherous
sleet while snowfall was reported as temperatures slipped below
minus 3 degrees C.

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