Spate of violent weather across Italy sent beachgoers running late Tuesday when a fast-approaching storm whipped in heavy winds away from beach equipment, down trees and dropped fruit-sized hail.
Francesco di Giandomenico, a local postman, captured sunbathers fleeing from Tortoreto beach in Teramo province on Italy's Adriatic coast. Inflatables are seen as sweeping away as children and adults from the dark clouds swirling overhead
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The bad weather included hailstorms, which damaged cars and rooftops in Tortoreto
Orange-sized hail pummeled Pescara, about 42 miles south of Tortoreto, and injured 1
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Elsewhere in south-central Italy , hail in Venafro broke windows and windshields. A severe supercell about Venice in the city of canals with intense wind and rain.
On the outskirts of San Vito Lo Capo, a Sicilian beach town, and forced beachgoers to flea. ANSA said 750 vacationers were able to return to their resort Wednesday after wind-whipped flames had forced evacuation by sea overnight
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On Wednesday, more bad weather hammered Italy as a tornado swept through the area of Milano Marittima, knocking down some 200 century old trees in the popular Adriatic Sea resort.
The bad weather followed a few days of soaring temperature and was caused by contact between hot and cold weather fronts, local officials said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.