Siracusa, October 19 - A violent storm in the night between Thursday and Friday hit eastern Sicily, flooding the area around Siracusa, close to Catania.
Hurricane Leslie is on course to strike Italy in the next 24 hours as parts of the country are warned of torrential rainfall and intense levels of rain and winds
Dozens evacuated from homes, roads closed
The Italian island of Sardinia and parts of Liguria were on maximum red alert on Thursday as storms swept across Italy's western coasts.
Footage broadcast on Spanish television showed cars being swept away by raging, muddy waters, houses flooded and vehicles piled one on top of the other.