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Tornado strikes northern Italy

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Tornado strikes northern Italy
The tornado hit Biella this morning. Photo: Daphne Zaras
15:22 CEST+02:00
A state of emergency is set to be declared in the city of Biella in Piemonte after a tornado hit the area on Wednesday morning, leaving dozens of homes and businesses damaged, according to Italian news reports.

The tornado swept the roofs of homes and wiped out trees that had been standing for two centuries by a local castle in Varrone, CronacaLive reported. Other trees fell in nearby towns of Benna and Vigliano, where a school was also damaged.

Northern Italy was also struck by a tornado in March, which left hundreds of buildings damaged and several people injured across towns and villages close to Bologna.

The rest of Italy is currently basking in a heatwave, with temperatures set to hit 40C in some areas by Friday.

The heat and strong winds in Sardinia fuelled nine wildfires in the past few days.

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