Deadly flash floods caused by severe thunderstorms lashed parts of Sicily, Italy, on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, resulting in massive disruption.
Hundreds of motorists were forced to abandon their cars as torrential rains inundated tunnels. 2 people went missing after their car was swept away by floodwaters. 9 people sustained injuries and 2 children were treated for hypothermia.
According to a statement by Palermo mayor Leoluca Orlando, over 1 m (3.3 feet) of rain fell in less than two hours. “It is the most violent rain in the history of the city since 1970, equal to what we receive in a year.”