Bad weather sweeps central Italy
Heavy rainstorms in Rome and Florence20 August, 17:11
Heavy storms also hit Tuscany overnight, in particular Florence where lightning struck trees around the pediatric Meyer hospital, starting a small blaze which was immediately extinguished by fire police.
Heavy rainstorms were also reported across the island of Sardinia, a major tourist area in August, with bad weather forecast until Friday. Rainstorms are expected on Wednesday and Thursday in the island, meteorologist Giovanni Brescia told ANSA, "especially in the afternoon".
Rainstorms were also expected to hit the southern Campania region later on Tuesday.