Footage filmed by the Vigili del Fuoco Fire Department in the Syracuse area shows Sunday’s operations, including the kidnapping of a private vehicle swept away by the flood stream.
The state emergency service reported at least 40 interventions on Sunday alone.
The landing of the storm “Apollo” killed at least three people in the Sicilian province of Syracuse and caused extensive damage.
Sicily braced for a cyclone on Thursday, the second this week after a deadly storm hit the island in southern Italy, killing three.
The Mediterranean cyclone known as the “medicine” was expected to hit the eastern coast of Sicily and the tip of mainland Calabria between Thursday evening and Friday morning, Italy’s public research institute ISPRA said.
The civil protection unit has placed eastern Sicily on orange alert in anticipation of the storm’s arrival.
Schools were closed in Syracuse and Catania, where the local government ordered the closure of public offices and courts until Friday.
Farm lobby Coldiretti cited extensive damage to citrus orchards and Sicilian olive trees, and estimated that damage to crops and infrastructure caused by extreme weather events had already cost Italian farmers two billion euros ( $ 2.3 billion) this year, AFP reported.