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Storms along Italy's Adriatic coast limiting services

Regions of Abruzzo and Marche taking a beating

14 September, 13:20
Storms along Italy's Adriatic coast limiting services (ANSA) - Pescara, September 14 - Italy's Adriatic coast is taking a beating from autumn rains, causing schools and public institutions to close or limit services, the country's civil protection service said on Friday.

In the region of Abruzzo, parts of Pescara's hospital have been closed due to structural damage from flooding and some patients have been transferred to nearby hospitals. Traffic jams and slowdowns are being reported along the Abruzzo coast where flooding has washed mud and debris onto roads.

Pescara's civil protection service and fire department worked overnight to remove waste strewn throughout the city by strong winds that blew over dumpsters and uprooted trees.

Dozens of schools have been closed throughout the neighboring region of Marche hit by flooding.

The hardest-hit areas in Marche include towns near Ascoli Piceno and Fermo, where the situation is "critical" says the civil protection service.

The coastal areas of Grottammare, Cupra Marittima and San Benedetto del Tronto have been battered by high winds and rains.

The mayor of Alfortville near Ascoli Piceno, Giovanni Gaspari, urged the town's residents not to go out except in the case of "extreme necessity" due to high waters blocking the roads and filling underpasses. Storms are expected to continue along the Adriatic throughout Saturday.