Italy Hit by Hurricane-Force Winds

March 2, 2011; 3:59 PM ET
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Severe winds of hurricane strength have raked the northern Adriatic region on Italy and Slovenia as a major Mediterranean storm sparred with cold air out of central Europe.

Weather observations taken at Trieste, Italy, showed many wind gusts of 75 to over 90 mph on Tuesday afternoon and evening, local time, with hurricane gusts continuing into Wednesday. Facebook Fan Andrea C. stated "Here in Trieste is very windy with [gusts] over 80 mph. Alot of People wounded by debris".

Strong winds reaching at least 50 to 60 mph were also clocked near the coast elsewhere in far-northeastern Italy, neighboring Slovenia and into coastal Croatia.

Pressure pattern on March 1, 2011, during severe Bora winds along Adriatic shore.

The eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea is notorious for its high winds, which are known by the name Bora. The northeasterly Bora blows when cold high pressure pools over central and northern Europe, at the same time that much lower pressure holds sway over the Mediterranean basin.

Trieste itself is well-acquainted with the Bora. An outburst of this wind in 1956 was clocked at 125 knots, or about 145 mph.

Elsewhere, the same major storm poured more than 5 inches of rain over parts of southern Italy as it chilled eastern peninsular areas with cold rain and snow. Winds of hurricane strength blasted Monte Terminillo atop the Appenine Range.


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