At least 80 people had to be evacuated from mountain areas above Lake Como after severe storms triggered mudslides and flash flooding..
Mountain rescuers, firefighters and other emergency services worked through the night to move people to safety. No injuries were reported, though torrents of mud caused damage to property, swamped parked cars and blocked roads.
In the South Tyrol city of Bolzano, where winds of up to 72 km/h were reported and 27 millimetres of rain fell in just 20 minutes, authorities said it was the worst storm on record since June 2008.
Parts of the Lombardy region have been put on orange alert for further flood risks today, while a swathe of the north stretching across Piedmont, Lombardy, Valle D’Aosta, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto are on lower yellow alert.