Two weather systems converged to cause flooding in Venice, Italy over the weekend. No damage estimate was available yet.
A high pressure system over the Balkans, which extended into Russia, collided with a low pressure system over the Mediterranean. Together, the two weather systems pushed water northwesterly up the Adriatic Sea and into Venice.
The result was a tide surge nearly four feet above normal – the sixth-highest tide since 1872. Up to seventy percent of Venice was flooded.
Locals and tourists seem to be taking the weather in stride. There are reports of tourists sitting at cafe tables which were underwater and others walking around St. Mark’s Square and other famous tourist sites in high boots.
Other parts of Italy experienced torrential rains as a result of the weather systems. More than 200 were left homeless in Tuscany.