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Italy Tornadoes: Deadly Twisters Just Miss Populated Areas of Rome

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A tornado has caused damage in Ladispoli, a province of Rome, Italy. (Rex Features via AP Images)

By    |   Monday, 07 Nov 2016 03:57 PM

A strong area of low pressure brought unstable air and storms that spawned tornadoes Sunday near Rome, Italy, narrowly missing high population areas.

The first tornado came in from the sea and struck the town of Ladispoli, 30 miles west of Rome, around 6 p.m. local time Sunday. Dozens of buildings were damaged as the tornado moved through the town center.

"There were fishing boats in the harbor that were moved over 100 meters," Mayor Crescenzo Paliotta said, according to The Washinton Post.

One man was killed when masonry blew off the edge of an apartment building, and schools were closed Monday as residents tried to clean up after the storm.

The second tornado touched down in Cesano, 18 miles north of Rome, killing a man when a tree landed on his car.

Italian meteorology site MeteoWeb thought the twisters were likely F2 or F3 on the Fujita scale, The Washington Post reported.

The Weather Channel reported dozens of people were injured by the tornadoes in addition to the two deaths. Localized flooding also occurred due to the storm that came along with the tornado, and some homes had to be evacuated due to the possibility of gas leaks when they were damaged by the tornadoes.

The two tornadoes struck as central portions of Italy are still recovering from three major earthquakes that struck there within the last two months.

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