Floods hit southern Italy

Rescuers have resumed their search for a couple thought to be missing after being caught in extreme weather that hit southern Italy over the weekend.

The couple, a 67-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman, got out of their Ford Fiesta car Sunday when mud and floodwaters flooded the town of Scordia, near Catania, and they could have been swept away, an eyewitness said.

The eyewitness was a motorist who was rescued by firefighters after being trapped in his car by water and mud.

Sicily, Calabria, Basilicata and Puglia were put on alert Monday for extreme weather that caused rivers to overflow in the provinces of Trapani and Catania on Sunday, while torrential rains and strong winds continued to pound the south.

Catania Mayor Salvo Podlize closed the city’s schools, parks and cemeteries on Monday.

The Sicilian regional meteorological agency Servizio Informativo Agrometeorologico Siciliano reported that the Linguaglossa weather station had 312.2 mm of rainfall in 24 hours through October 25, and the Lentini station had 279.8 mm in the same period.

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