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Italian Rail Service Returns to Normal After Storm Causes Power Outage

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | August 02, 2015

Italian Rail Service Returns to Normal After Storm Causes Power Outage

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Regularly scheduled service has returned to the key Italian rail corridor between Milan and Rome after a severe weekend storm caused a power outage, the Associated Press reported.

Saturday evening saw severe weather striking the city of Florence with a thunderstorm, hail and high winds, the AP said. Dozens were injured in the maelstrom of flooding and toppling trees. Then a tornado ripped off a roof and sent it crashing into a power pylon near the city, causing a blackout. 

The downed electric line forced the railways to turn some trains back to Rome. Trains from Turin and Milan, bound for Rome and Naples, went back to Milan.

As the Florence region recovered from the bad weather, the railway reported no more cancellations or delays Sunday between Milan and Rome.

And it’s not a moment too soon for this important piece of the country’s transportation infrastructure. The AP noted that Saturday began a big vacation month for the Italian peninsula, an area among the most heavily touristed places in the world. As recently reported by TravelPulse’s Ryan Rudnansky, Italy is one of the top 10 global travel destinations for the second quarter of 2015 as per a report issued by Sojern, a travel marketing platform.

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