Severe hailstorms ripped through the Italian capital of Rome on Sunday night, causing massive floods and disrupting city traffic.
Major hailstorm in Rome, Italy tonight, Oct 21! Should not have driven in there. Report: Arianna Sasso pic.twitter.com/22mfGPY0sc— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) 21 октября 2018 г.
The downpours swamped a number of streets, trapping many drivers in their cars; they have also soaked subway stations, forcing the closure of at least six of them, mostly in eastern parts of the city. All stations had reopened by Monday morning, The Local reports.
Storm runoff and huge amounts of hail in Rome, Italy last night, October 21! Video: Massimo Ribecca pic.twitter.com/fx2g0Vwu6Q— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) 22 октября 2018 г.
Water reportedly rose to one meter in Palmiro Togliatti, a street on the outskirts of Rome. The hailstorms also brought tennis-ball-size hailstones.
Ok Rome jeeze those are big hail stones. relax pic.twitter.com/SSwpFiLm99— Blake Herrington (@herringtonblake) 21 октября 2018 г.
The rainwater rushed into San Sebastiano Fuori le Mura, a 4th century basilica, rising up to 50 cm above the floor.
Enormous hail accumulations in Rome, Italy last night, October 21. Report: Info Meteo pic.twitter.com/qPPDWEaqAj— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) 22 октября 2018 г.
According to Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi, local police, firefighters, Civil Protection emergency forces, and volunteers have been deployed to tackle the extreme weather conditions.
Major hailstorm in Rome, Italy tonight, Oct 21! Bad idea to drive in this. Report: Arianna Sasso pic.twitter.com/ZOMLWXe6fA— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) 21 октября 2018 г.
Authorities have also issued orange alert (the second-highest level) for the southern regions of Molise and Calabria as well as parts of Basilicata and Puglia.