The Italian and Croatian weather services have issued weather alerts in many regions due to the forecast arrival of storm Ciaran in Europe. Heavy rainfall is expected. There may be flooding in northern Croatia on Thursday evening.
The weather alert in Croatia has been raised to the highest level, red. “It’s coming over the country Hurricane Ciaran. Atmospheric pressure is dropping and more and more clouds are arriving from the west,” the Croatian State Meteorological Office (DHMZ) reported on Thursday. As it was added, “this is a prelude to a significant change in the weather.”
There are already difficulties in maritime traffic. Several ferry connections between mainland Croatia and its Adriatic islands have been suspended.
Floods possible in northern Croatia
“We predict heavy rainfall and river swells. Floods in the north of the country are possible as early as Thursday evening,” DHMZ warned. Nonessential travel has been discouraged.
Hazardous weather is likely to continue into next week
Warnings for downpours, wind and storms in Italy
Alerts were also issued from north to south of Italy. Heavy downpours and storms and gusty winds are approaching the capital region of Lazio, the Civil Defense has warned. In the north, similar warnings were issued for Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, among others. Many train and bus connections between these regions have been suspended. Storms of great force are forecast in Emilia-Romagna, where a catastrophic flood occurred in May this year.
In Tuscany, the decision was made to close schools in the area of the city of Massa Carrara. Lessons were also canceled in schools in Naples.
Ciaran in Europe
Hurricane Ciaran, a deep low pressure system from the Atlantic Ocean, hit Western Europe on the night from Wednesday to Thursday. The element brought with it extremely strong winds. At least six people were killed and 16 people were injured in France alone.
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