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Tornado strikes near Venice, Italy


Staff writers
June 13, 2012 — Monday's twister near Venice, Italy produced 140 km/h winds, damaged over 300 hectare of land and knocked over an estimated 1,000 trees.


No casualties were reported after a twister touched down near Venice on Tuesday morning.
No casualties were reported after a twister touched down near Venice on Tuesday morning.

On Monday, a tornado swept in from the Adriatic Sea and narrowly missed Venice, Italy. 

The tornado made its way over the Lido, a long strip of land where the Venice Film Festival is held, before continuing through several islands in the lagoon surrounding Venice. 

On the island of Sant'Erasmo, over a dozen homes had their roofs ripped off and many trees were uprooted. 

On the island of Certosa, an estimated 1,000 trees were knocked over and a historic monastery was badly damaged. 

Tornadoes are rare in Italy. The last twister to touchdown near Venice was in July 2010. 

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