Exactly as expected in recent days, the Riviera of Romagna and Marche in Italy are the areas most affected by the weather this afternoon: a real "water bomb" is affecting the area on the border between Marche and Emilia Romagna. In Riccione 81mm of rain has already fallen, with 73mm in Rimini and 33mm in Ancona. There are reports of flooding and blackouts, with traffic mayhem. Check out the images below that depict this rather apocalyptic scene. Up to 12cms of rain fell in one hour in some areas.

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Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in the Emilia-Romagna and Marche areas of Eastern Italy. Streets have been turned into rivers and highways have been closed

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Floods in Rimini and Ancona on the Italian East coast have inundated towns and cities