TOURISTS wade through knee-deep floods in Venice after storms across Italy left at least ten dead.
Water levels of 3½ft were forecast for the city yesterday, as heavy rain and winds of 65mph battered much of the country.
Many of the deaths were caused by falling trees, but two surfers also died.
Yachts were smashed in north-east resort Rapallo.
An orange alert, the second highest on the scale, was issued for the central regions of Abruzzo and Lazio – which includes the capital Rome – where gale-force winds topped 100 kph on Monday.
Rains flooded highways and caused a landslide that forced the temporary closure of the Brenner highway connecting Italy with Austria, while the Adige River running through Verona rose by 2 meters (6 feet) but did not overflow.
In the capital, Rome, more than 100 trees were felled by high winds, and ports reported damage from the storm, including to moored boats.
Nearly 6,000 firefighters were dispatched to remove debris from roadways across the country. One firefighter was killed by a tree near Bolzano, in Alto-Adige. Schools were closed in large areas of the country for two days as a precaution.