Italy and France – Rain From ‘Storm Amélie’ Triggers Floods and Landslides

Stormy weather has affected parts of Italy and France, with wind damage leaving thousands of homes without electricity. The storm, referred as Storm Amélie by some media, also brought heavy rain which has triggered flooding and landslides in both France and Italy.


Heavy rain triggered flooding from the Vara and Petronio rivers in Liguria, Italy. Several families were evacuated from the village of Sesta Godano. Media reported that Sestri Levante was hit by 57.6 mm of rain in one hour. Waves of over 4 metres were also reported along the Liguria coast.

The Italian fire service, Vigili del Fuoco, Italy reported that a landslide near Genoa left 1 person injured and 12 evacuated. A lightning strike in Novoli district of Florence caused severe damage to a building. No injuries were reported.

Further south, around 100 families were evacuated in the province of Salerno, Campania Region, on 03 November due to threat of floods and landslides.

Vigili del Fuoco have responded to 270 interventions in Liguria and 380 in Campania in 24 hours to 04 November.


In France, severe weather has interrupted power supply, train and road transport in the regions of Nouvelle Aquitaine, Pays de la Loire, Auvergne, Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Emergency services responded to hundreds of calls on 03 November as heavy winds of up to 160km/h brought down trees and power lines. Roads were flooded in Bouches-du-Rhône department, damaging homes and leaving some drivers stranded.

A woman died in a landslide that struck near her home in southern Nice on 03 November. Rescue teams searched through the night looking for the missing victim.

Several other people have been injured as a result of wind damage.


Strong winds have also affected parts of eastern Spain. One person was reportedly killed by a falling tree in Mallorca.

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