You have it in the city of Catania in Sicily The floods did indeed wreak havoc on Tuesday. Entire streets and squares were sometimes meters under water. A man drowned after being pushed under his car by the force of water. Now the next disaster is already on the way. According to the head of the Italian Civil Protection, Fabrizio Corsio, the upcoming storm could be more destructive than the one at the beginning of the week.
And the Russian news agency ANSA quoted its warning that the matter is not over yet. The same regions will be affected as at the beginning of the week: the city of Catania, the areas around Bragosa, Siracusa and the southern part of Messina. The second highest warning level in orange has been issued for these areas. The yellow warning level applies to the rest of the island and parts of Calabria.
As can be seen from satellite images, the structure of the approaching storm is similar to that of a hurricane, with a vortex and a so-called eye in the middle. So the Italians talk about “Medican”, which is a Mediterranean hurricane.
The Medicans are expected to meet ashore in eastern Sicily between Thursday evening and Friday morning. It is expected that gusty winds will blow at a speed of at least 100 km / h in these areas, wie «Corriere della Sera» berichtet. With wind speeds of 119 km/h or more, a storm can be described as a hurricane if some other conditions are met. In addition, heavy and continuous rains are feared for 24 to 48 hours.
Schools, offices and many businesses are closed
Authorities warn of high waves in coastal areas, flooding and landslides on unstable slopes. In Catania, schools, offices and all non-essential shops were closed on Thursday as a precaution.
The regional government has called an urgent emergency meeting and wants to ask the central government to declare a state of emergency. In addition, the head of the Sicilian region, Nello Musumesi, met with the head of the National Civil Protection Corsi for a briefing.
During thunderstorms at the beginning of the week, the fire brigade had to be deployed to nearly 200 missions within 24 hours in the province of Catania alone. (No)
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