Italy: Bad weather causes widespread destruction

Italy: Aftermath of bad weather causing destruction (Engel & Völkers Portofino/CNN)

In Italy, where violent storms, small tornadoes and hurricane-force winds have lashed the country, at least eleven people have died.

Much of Venice is underwater after ferocious winds drove the high tide to flood historic areas like Saint Mark's Basilica.

Crews worked to clean up the famous church after water flooded it on Tuesday.

The rainfall for Venice was more than one and a half meters above average this week that's the highest level recorded in more than a decade.

Wild weather in recent days has caused significant damage in parts of Italy.

The president of the Veneto regional council said that around 300 thousand trees were flattened after winds hit 194 kilometers per hour and swept through Val d'Assa.

He said that tens of thousands of tall trees fell "like toothpicks."

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