From the ABC 7 Weather team

Venice Tornado

June 13, 2012 - 02:30 PM
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Tornadoes don't happen often in Italy, but a tornado tore through some islands in Venice on the morning of June 12, 2012.

Folks in Venice, Italy got quite a shock Tuesday morning when a tornado/waterspout barrelled through Sant'Erasmo island around 11 AM local time on June 12, 2012. Take a look at the tornado video below.

The tornado caused a good bit of damage, ripping off roofs, tearing down trees, and flipping sailboats over (see picture below). 

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One minor injury was reported, but the tornado/waterspout did not cross the city center, thankfully.

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Italy does not experience frequent tornadoes. The deadliest tornado on record to hit Italy occurred back in 1970. 

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