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August 22, 2018 Italy tornadoes
Date of tornado outbreak: August 22, 2018
Duration1: About 3 hours
Maximum rated tornado2: F5 tornado
Tornadoes caused: 3
Total Damages: $525 million
Total Fatalities: 7

1Time from first tornado to last tornado
2Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

The August 22, 2018 Italy tornadoes were a series of destructive events spawned by a long lived high precipitation supercell over central Italy. In all, 7 people died, and $525 million was done in damages, making it one of Italy's worst recorded tornadic events as a result.


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A supercell developed over central Italy during the afternoon of August 22, which led to the touchdown of a small tornado family that contained an F0, an F2 and an F5, the latter of which travelled from Trivento to Castel de Sangro, and hitting Agnone as well. The family caused the deaths of 7 people, all attributed to the F5, and $525 million in damages in total.

Trivento - Castel de Sangro - Agnone

This tornado was the second of the 3 tornadoes to touch down relating to the supercell, and was long lived, having been on the ground for at least 2 hours. The tornado ripped steel reinforced buildings from the ground, including several well built office blocks along its path. In addition to this, manhole covers were torn from the ground, along with some of the connecting piping, and thrown up to a mile away from where they originated. Hundreds of homes were completely swept away by the storm, and in the end, 7 people lost their lives due to this one tornado, accounting for all of the lives lost due to the event as a whole. $512 million was also done in damages, making this the costliest tornado in Italian history as a result, and accounting for almost all of the damage from the event.

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