Winds of up to 125 kph and sheets of rain have brought devastation to Sardinia, killing at least 14 people. Another 10 are missing.
A mini-Tornado, dubbed Cleopatra, triggered flash floods as rivers were unable to cope and surged through villages and campsites, taking out roads and bridges on the way.
Worst-hit was the city of Olbia in the northeast of the island where the strongest winds caused structural damage, cars were swept away, and houses disappeared underwater.
Hundreds of residents have taken to Facebook to offer shelter for the night to those forced out of their homes by the severe weather. Emergency services said the situation was the most extreme for “decades” and no part of the island had been spared.
There was also heavy rain across northern Italy along with high winds and flooding in several coastal areas.