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06:30  18 november  2019
06:30  18 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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VENICE , Italy — Venice was hit Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in the same week while other parts of Italy struggled with a series of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche. By early evening, the level was less than a meter (three feet).

Venice was hit Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in the same week while other parts of Italy struggled with a series of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche. By early evening, the level was less than a meter (three feet).

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Venetians have endured another exceptional tide in a season that is setting records.

Other parts of Italy wrestled with weather woes on Sunday, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds and an out-of-season avalanche.

Shops and museums in Venice were mostly closed in the hardest-hit area around St Mark’s Square but tourists donning high rubber boots or even hip waders still came to witness and photograph the spectacle.

Waters Close Over Venice

  Waters Close Over Venice Waters Close Over Venice

VENICE , Nov 17 (Reuters) - Reeling from devastating floods this week , Venice suffered another exceptional high tide on Sunday, with the water peaking at 150 cm (4.9 feet), marking the worst week for the city since official tide statistics were produced in 1872. The city's centre for tide forecasts had

FLOOD-ravaged Venice has been pounded by a third huge tidal surge in less than a week . Officials closed historic St. Mark's Square and Venice was hit on Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in the same weekCredit: Rex Features. In Venice 's tourist centre, many store owners in the swanky

a person standing in front of a building: A city worker stands on a gangway in flooded St Mark’s Square in Venice (Luca Bruno/AP) © Luca Bruno A city worker stands on a gangway in flooded St Mark’s Square in Venice (Luca Bruno/AP)

Most were disappointed when officials closed down the historic square as winds rippled across the rising waters.

The doors of St Mark’s Basilica were securely shut to the public, while officials took precautions such as stacking sandbags in canal-side windows to prevent water from entering the crypt again.

Venice’s Tide Office said the peak tide of 1.5 metres (nearly 5ft) hit just after 1pm as a weather front off the coast blocked southerly winds from the Adriatic Sea from pushing the tide to the predicted level of 1.6 metres.

a group of people sitting at a table in front of a building: Tourists and residents resume their normal routine at a bar in Venice (Emiliano Creeps/ANSA/AP) © Provided by The Press Association Tourists and residents resume their normal routine at a bar in Venice (Emiliano Creeps/ANSA/AP)

It marked the third time since Tuesday night’s 1.87-metre flood – the worst in 53 years – that water levels in Venice had topped 1.5 metres.

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Venice 's tide office recorded the peak tide of 1.5 meters above sea level just after 1 p.m. local time (12:00 UTC). The new peak left 70% of the UNESCO There is no other week on record where waters have reached the 1.5 meter mark three times in one week . Usually, tides of 80-90 centimeters are

Italy's World Heritage Site city has been hit by a third exceptional flood. Record flood water levels in Venice hit again on Sunday making this the worst week of flooding in the city in over 50 years. Venice 's tide office recorded the peak tide of 1.5 meters above sea level just after 1 p.m. local time

Since records began in 1872, that level had never been reached even twice in one year, let alone three times in one week.

Officials said 280 civil protection volunteers from throughout the region were deployed to assist as needed.

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The flooding has raised renewed debates about the city’s Moses flood defence project, an underwater barrier system that is still not operational after more than 16 years of construction and at least 5 billion euros (£4.2 billion) of public funding.

It was supposed to be working by 2011.

Floods also hit other parts of Italy on Sunday.

a person standing in front of a building: The swollen Arno river near Santa Trinita bridge in Florence (Claudio Giovannini/ANSA/AP) © Provided by The Press Association The swollen Arno river near Santa Trinita bridge in Florence (Claudio Giovannini/ANSA/AP)

In Pisa, workers sandbagged the road along the rising Arno River, which was also surging through the heart of Florence, reaching a level near the Uffizi Galleries that was described as the highest in some 20 years.

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MILAN (Reuters) - Venice will face another exceptional high tide on Sunday The tide could reach 160 cm (5.25 feet) just after midday on Sunday, according to Venice 's center for forecast on tides . With three tides above 140 cm this week , 2019 will be the worst year for high tides in Venice since

Reeling from devastating floods this week , Venice suffered another exceptional high tide on Sunday, with the water peaking at 150 cm (4.9 feet), marking the worst week for the city since official tide statistics were produced in 1872. The city's center for tide forecasts had warned the tide could.

In 24 hours, 2.5 inches of rain had fallen in Florence, which was whipped by winds as high as 42 mph.

A popular Florence tourist attraction, the Boboli Gardens, was closed as a precaution while workers checked to see if the high winds might have weakened trees.

a sunset over a body of water: A couple stands in a golden sunset in Venice just hours after an exceptional 1.5-metre tide receded from nearby St Mark’s Square (Luca Bruno/AP) © Provided by The Press Association A couple stands in a golden sunset in Venice just hours after an exceptional 1.5-metre tide receded from nearby St Mark’s Square (Luca Bruno/AP)

Near another Tuscan town, Cecina, 500 people were evacuated when a local river swelled to the top of its banks.

In Italy’s mountainous Alto Adige, or South Tyrol region, a mid-autumn snowstorm triggered power outages and blocked roads in several Alpine valleys.

The mayor of Val Martello, Georg Altstaetter, told state TV that an avalanche had damaged two houses but caused no injuries.

A man pushes a cart through water during high tide in Venice, Italy November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria © Thomson Reuters A man pushes a cart through water during high tide in Venice, Italy November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Other homes were evacuated in the town as a precaution, he said.

A windstorm overnight in the Rome area toppled scores of trees, with two falling on cars, severely injuring a motorist, authorities said.

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