As expected, torrential rainfall hit southern Italy and produced major flooding in parts of Sicily and Calabria on Thursday, October 4. The urban area of Catania, Sicily was strongly hit: streets turned into rivers.



The area is under the effects of a cutoff low, producing intense training thunderstorms, which affect the same region for hours. Persistent torrential rainfall can accumulate several hundred mm in several hours, resulting in significant flooding.



Catania experienced intense rainfall with about 50 mm falling on only 20 minutes as the severe thunderstorm passed. This is the result: