Storm in Rome today, Tuesday, October 24, with flooded streets, fallen trees and branches and paralyzed traffic. As expected, strong unrest also arrived in Latium from the central and northern regions.
As 3Bmeteo explains, strong storms reached Latium, with the front moving towards the southeast and then extending towards the middle side of the Tyrrhenian with showers and storms in Rome and the regional territory, starting from the northern areas towards the area of the capital.
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After Upper Latium, showers and storms, even of great intensity, reached the area of Rome from the northern districts. Numerous lightning strikes, storms and strong gusts of wind were recorded, with rainfall accumulations that quickly reached 50 millimeters.
Flooded streets and Rome
In the Ottavia area, several readers report a strong storm, accompanied by very strong gusts of wind: a tornado according to some, not confirmed by meteorologists. There are currently no reports of damage. Intense rains in municipalities 11, 12, 13, 14, with large accumulations of water. Flooded roads and traffic difficulties are reported in the Cornelia area. Problems in the Ponte Galeria area with intense rains and street flooding. Problems also in the north of Rome, Fleming and Labaro, where heavy flooding and uncontrolled traffic are recorded on Via Osnago and Via Salk. Flooding and problems also occurred in Prima Porta, Saxa Rubra and Grottarossa and in Ponte Milvio, with significant flooding in via Colle della Farnesina, in the area of the Olympic stadium. Difficult situation also at the Grande Raccordo Anulare, where the cars had to pass with all four indicators on due to poor visibility.
Fallen trees and branches
Floods but not only that, in fact branches and trees have begun to fall on the roads with all the inconveniences and problems that this entails. As in the north of Rome, in particular in via Alessandro Fleming, where a large branch gave way and settled on one of the carriageways of municipal road XV. The situation is also serious in Colle Salario, in the third municipality of Montesacro, where a tree fell on a car traveling on Via Serra dei Conti. 118 troops are on site. As reported by LuceVerde, Via del Mare is closed due to the presence of trees at the intersection of Via dell’Aeropuerto Fiumicino with traffic diverted towards Viale dei Romagnoli.
Also inconveniences at metro stops. Battistini station closed with limited trains to Cornelia and rail traffic on the Rome-Civitavecchia line, between Ladispoli and Santa Severa, due to “adverse weather conditions.” As reported by RFI as of 3:05 p.m., “the intervention of RFI technicians is underway. The rescheduling of the railway offer is underway. Effects on railway mobility: slowdowns of up to 30 minutes.”
Bad weather in the province of Rome
Difficulties also in the province, between the municipalities of Fonte Nuova, Monterotondo and Mentana, where a whirlwind caused panic among several citizens. Many calls to the single emergency number. However, at the moment there are no reports of damage. The Via Nomentana underpass, in Monterotondo, was also flooded and a motorist managed to escape before his car was submerged in the water. A storm with intense gusts of wind and lightning hit Manziana, north of Rome but within the province.
Intervention requests to 115
As explained by the provincial fire department command, since 3:00 p.m. the operations room received several requests for intervention after the bad weather that affected Rome and part of its province. The type of interventions varies from trees, branches and signs unsafely linked to strong winds, to water infiltration inside homes and/or commercial activities, as a consequence of the strong storm that hit not only Rome but also part of the provincial territory. .
The weather warning
The bad weather, with violent riots and strong gusts of wind, had been announced by the civil protection service, which issued a code yellow alert starting on Tuesday, October 24, and for the following 24-26 hours.