A powerful tornado ripped through the Mira community in northeastern Italy, a couple of miles west of Venice, near the Adriatic Sea. Unaccustomed to the phenomenon, the Italians were shocked, disconcerted and alarmed by the event.
A video posted on Facebook by Carlotta Menegazzo shows a classic
cone-shaped whirlwind twisting across the town of 40,000
citizens, sucking up everything it can, damaging houses and
The tornado killed one person by lifting a car off the ground, in
which driver died on impact when the vehicle hit the ground,
Corriere reported. More than 30 citizens have been injured, among
them an eight-year-old girl who survived a lightning strike at
her relatives’ home in Carnia.
An eyewitness in a car made a video of the scene as debris lashed
against the vehicle. The passengers in the car are arguing with
the driver telling him he should drive away and get out of the
tornado’s path. But then they approach too close and the voices
in the video start to become somewhat hysterical.
When the tornado crosses the road right in front of them,
breaking trees and tossing large items around like toys, the
driver realizes discretion is the better part of valor – he turns
around and accelerates smartly away.
Infrared satellite imagery taken at 6:00pm in Venice, shows a
heavy storm directly over the region where the tornado was
Tornadoes often occur near coastal regions. When the right
combination of temperature and thunderstorms, atmospheric
pressure differences combine, strong winds can create a tornado.
The most powerful tornados happen in the southern parts of the