A major tornado, intense hailstorm hit Caserta, Campania, ItalyA major tornado preceded by intense hailstorm hit the region of Campania in southwestern Italy during the afternoon hours of Monday, March 12, 2018. Local media is reporting serious damage and at least 15 injured people.
A severe storm hit Campania's Province of Caserta on Monday afternoon and produced a large tornado that swept through the city of Caserta around 17:45 UTC (18:45 CET), downing trees, public lighting, street signs, and billboards as well as damaging cars, homes and other infrastructure. Several cars were completely destroyed.
The worst damage is reported in Viale Carlo II where the Burger King banner fell and several balconies lost the balustrade. Damage was also reported in the municipalities of San Nicola la Strada, Recale, Marcianise, Maddaloni, San Tammaro, San Marco Evangelista and Macerata Campania.
Seven fire brigade teams are currently at the scene.
The initial intensity is assessed at F2. There are reports of at least 15 people injured.
Location of tornado in Italy on March 12, 2018. Annotation: @SevereUdo
NIEUWS | De regio #Campania (Zuidwest-Italië) is gisteren getroffen door een grote #tornado. Er vielen 15 gewonden en er is heel veel schade. De tornado ging ook gepaard met grote hagel | https://t.co/eJazDpvxPR pic.twitter.com/9kFfrzQMuI— RobertDeVries.net (@weermanrobert) 13 maart 2018
AN EXTREMELY LARGE #Tornado is reported to have hit Marcianise, Campania region, Italy this evening! Here is a view of the tornado illuminated by a power flash when it Struck the area, Stay tuned for details and reports on this. #ExtremeWeather Photo: Roberto Mazza pic.twitter.com/Hs1Sb33eNW— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) 12 maart 2018
Caserta tornado: Chaos as powerful storm strikes Italy – several injured 12 March 2018— Celestial Observer (@CelestialObserv) 13 maart 2018
Pictures have emerged on the social media showing the devestation left by a huge #tornado after it ripped through Caserta this eveing. https://t.co/gPgWeYQjDr pic.twitter.com/iakf1obh4y