Bad weather, storms and stormy winds: red alert in Abruzzo and Sardinia

The city of Bosa, in the Oristano area, is under water. Rain and gusts of wind hit Rome, the mayor closes schools on the Ostia coast and city parks

Bad weather over most of Italy today, November 22, 2022, in particular over the central-southern and north-eastern regions, with widespread rainfall, even very abundant and a marked reinforcement of ventilation, with consequent strong storm surges on the exposed coasts. Based on the available forecasts, the Civil Protection Department has issued a red alert for some areas of Abruzzo and Sardinia. Orange alert on part of Abruzzo, Calabria, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Sardinia, Molise, Basilicata, Campania and Veneto. Yellow alert on sectors of Abruzzo, Calabria, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Marche, Molise, Sardinia, Umbria, Veneto, Basilicata, Puglia and Sicily.

The alert concerns both the hydrogeological risk (ie the possibility that the rains cause landslides, collapses, or mudflows), and the hydraulic risk (which includes, for example, possible floods and inundations).

In some regions of the Centre, several municipalities have also decided to close schools on Tuesday: among these are Naples, Caserta, Latina, Frosinone and Ostia. In Rome, however, the mayor Roberto Gualtieri has decided to close public parks and cemeteries for the whole day.

LAZIO – Wave of bad weather on the coastal strip of Lazio, more precisely in the Latina area, 25 interventions carried out from the early hours of the night, most of them for fallen or unsafe trees.
Intense rain and gusts of wind also affected Rome during the night – where in via di Salone a stranded motorist was rescued by the fire brigade – and part of its province, in particular the municipalities of Ardea, Carpineto Romano, Velletri, Zagarolo, San Cesario and Rocca di Papa. The firefighters have carried out 50 interventions so far.

SARDINIA – Severe bad weather on the western coast of Sardinia, where a violent whirlwind hit the Oristano area causing flooding in the lower floors of some buildings and the fall of trees, more than 50 interventions by the fire brigade. The weather alert was red and the schools had already been closed for this morning. In Bosa, the river Temo, overflowing from the Santu Crispu dam, began to cross the town: as a precaution, six people were evacuated to a reception center, some moored boats were dragged towards the sea, the floating dock being damaged. Monitoring of the embankments of the watercourse is underway, over 40 interventions have been carried out.

LIGURIA – Last night the Fire Brigade of the Genoa Command were engaged in numerous interventions due to bad weather. Following the strong wind, the unsafe branches were the masters. At the moment, reads a note, about ten interventions are underway and as many in the queue. About twenty interventions were carried out during the night.

SICILY – Near tragedy in Palermo. Due to the strong wind that has been whipping the Sicilian capital for hours, a light pole fell on the street in the Noce area. One car was destroyed but fortunately no injuries were reported. Firefighters in action throughout the night also in Monreale, where due to the strong gusts several trees fell into the street, hindering circulation. Inconvenience also in the hamlet of San Martino, where the intervention of the firemen was necessary to free the roadway from logs that ended up on the asphalt.

Closed villas in Trapani. Due to the bad weather and the strong wind forecast for today, the mayor Giacomo Tranchida has ordered the closure of the cemetery (except for operations that cannot be postponed), the villas and the municipal gardens.

SOUTH TYROL – The first snowfalls in the valley are expected in South Tyrol. This was stated in the alert bulletin drawn up by the Provincial Functional Center of the Civil Protection Agency of South Tyrol. A yellow alert is in place for some areas in the main valley floors. Snowfalls are also expected in some lateral valleys, above all in the Dolomites area and in Valle Aurina. The snowline is expected to be between 500-1000 meters above sea level. In the mountains, between 10 and 30 centimeters of snow will fall in the valleys at higher altitudes, in Wipptal and in the upper Val Pusteria, snowfalls of 10 to a maximum of 20 centimeters are expected, while in the upper Val Venosta, 5 to 10 centimeters of fresh snow.