Flash floods in Sardinia

Severe thunderstorms over Sardinia

18 November 2013 09:00–16:00 UTC

Flash floods in Sardinia
Flash floods in Sardinia

Flash floods caused by heavy thunderstorms tear through streets in Sardinia, submerging homes and killing at least 18 people.

Last Updated

13 July 2022

Published on

18 November 2013

The media reports that at least 18 people died when 3m (10ft) high floods swept through parts of the island. The worst affected area was in and around the city of Olbia where much of the city was said to have been flooded.

According to Franco Gabrielli, Head of the Italian Civil Protection, 440mm of rain have been measured in Sardinia in 24 hours, which amounts to six months of annual average rainfall in the area.

The enhanced Meteosat-10 infrared images show several storms over the island (red colours indicating very cold cloud tops), one starting in the south-west, close to Cagliari, at around 10:00 UTC, and one starting in the south-east at around 11:00 UTC following the eastern coast up to Olbia.


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Sardinia hit by deadly Cyclone Cleopatra and floods (BBC News)
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Strong Storm in the Mediterranean (CIMSS Satellite Blog)