Terrifying Footage Emerges As Italy Is Ravaged By The Worst Storm In Decades

The worst storm in decades has ravaged Italy causing widespread flooding and damage stretching from the north-east of the country all the way to Sicily. 

Twenty-seven people have been confirmed dead in the storms, including a German tourist that was struck by lightning on the island of Sardinia.

Another person was also killed by lightning and died in hospital days later Italy's Civil Protection Agency confirmed.

The recovery of the body of Tamara Maccario, who died in her car overwhelmed by a flood caused by heavy rains that hit Sardinia. Image: IPA Milestone

On Saturday, divers found the bodies of nine people in a flooded house near the island's capital of Palermo.

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The national fire department tweeted that among the dead was a father, mother, children and grandparents. Local media has reported the victims as being from two families.

Many of the other deaths were caused by falling trees.

Winds of up 190 kilometres an hour have stripped forests bare across the country, with more than 14 million trees felled said Coldiretti, the association of Italian agricultural companies.

“We’ll need at least a century to return to normality,” Coldiretti said in a statement.

Fallen trees float along the Piave river, near Belluno, Northeastern Italy. Image: Vigili del Fuoco

Landslides have cut off roads and villages in the northern regions of Veneto and Trentino.

Venice, in the Veneto region, is experiencing its worst flooding in a decade, as a combination of high sea tides and a low pressure system have inundated the city with water.

The damage bill in the Veneto region alone is expected to rise above €1 billion ($1.5 billion AUD) the governor, Luca Zaia, said.

Terrifying surveillance footage from a restaurant in Arenzano, a coastal town in the north of Italy, shows the moment of impact from a rogue wave during the storms.

The footage shows workers try in vain to stop the rapidly-moving water from coming into the restaurant by pushing against the windows.

The water crashes through the windows sweeping away the workers and anything else in its path.

Boats are submerged after the windstorm and the strong sea storm in Rapallo, Genoa district. Image: ANSA

The Italian Civil Protection Agency said in a statement the "adverse weather' would continue to spread across the country over the weekend.

With Reuters.

Feature Image: IPA Milestone