Two Dead as Heavy Rain Floods Streets of Sicilian City

At least two people have died as a rare hurricane flooded the streets of a city in the Italian island of Sicily.

According to volunteer rescue workers, a 53-year-old man was found dead under a car after heavy winds and rain swept through the town of Gravina, north of the port city of Catania.

Another man, 67, was found dead on Oct. 25, while rescuers are still searching for his missing 54-year-old who was swept away in the town of Scordia.

According to experts, the storm battering parts of Sicily is a medicane, a rare Mediterranean hurricane, and it is expected to peak between Oct. 28 and 29.

The Department for Civil Protection issued the highest red alert warning for parts of Sicily and of neighboring region of Calabria.

Catania Mayor Salvo Pogliese ordered the closure of all businesses and schools, except for essential services such as pharmacies and groceries, until midnight on Oct. 26.

“I urge the entire population to not leave home except for emergency reasons, because roads are overrun by water,” Pogliese said on Facebook.

The intense weather also triggered a blackout, leaving homes and businesses without electricity.

The Italian fire and rescue service, Vigil del Fuoco, said on Twitter on Oct. 26 that it has deployed over 300 rescuers.

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