DISCUSSION: After several strong earthquakes struck the region not too long ago, a powerful tornado spawned by a supercell thunderstorm has claimed the lives of two people in Rome, Italy on Sunday afternoon, local time. Tornadoes during the month of November are not uncommon in Italy, in fact November is known as the ‘Second Tornado Season’ for Italy. A low-pressure system moving across Northern Italy, which brought the season’s first snowfall to parts of France and Germany, generated the line of severe thunderstorms which tore through the nation’s capital. The storms dropped an impressive tornado which, as stated earlier, left two people dead and several others injured. The thunderstorms were also responsible for heavy rainfall which led to flash flooding, including pictures posted to Twitter showing the Colosseum surrounded by water.
The region is currently rebuilding from the destruction caused by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake, which occurred about a week ago. The storms that rolled through today continued to dampen the cleanup efforts and caused even more damage and destruction to an area trying to recover from the recent tremors. Sending our prayers to the people of Italy during this difficult time.
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~ Meteorologist Jake Keiser