Hurricane-force winds ripped through southern Italy in a violent storm that swept away cars, uprooted trees and hit tourist attractions with pounding rains on Monday.
Italy’s national weather service estimated that wind gusts in Naples set a record at 160 mph and hit Dall’Ospedale di Montefalco at 150 mph.
In the center of Rome, high winds knocked over scaffolding from the Church of Santa Maria delle Martime, the sightseeing spot in the Sistine Chapel.
The fierce wind left two people dead in Sicily in separate incidents and cut power to at least 10,000 people, according to some reports. The storm also left heavy damage in Lamezia Terme, in the northwest of the country.
Heavy rainfall caused street flooding and cars were washed off the roads in some places.
“The most important thing was to arrive alive and that didn’t happen as people were lying in flooded streets due to heavy rains,” Annale Manieri, an Italian visitor to Lamezia Terme told The Guardian.
However, the power outage did not stop Manieri and her friends from embarking on a riverfront boat ride.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.