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Europe Storms: 11 killed in Italy.

Boats are washed ashore, a day after a storm, in Rapallo, northern Italy.

The death toll from flooding and gale-force winds battering in Italy rose to 11, authorities said on Tuesday as storms raged across Europe.

Roads were reported blocked and thousands were left without power in southern and central Europe, where fierce winds and rain felled trees.

According to voice of America, Venice flooded to a level seen few times before in the lagoon city’s history, with tourists and residents holding bags above their heads as water sloshed above their knees.

Debris from pulverized yachts filled the harbor of Rapallo near Genoa after a dam broke under the pressure of flood waters.

Heavy snow trapped many in their cars and hotels in the mountainous intersecting border regions of Italy, Switzerland, and France.

According to New strait times roads were blocked and thousands of people were left without power in southern and central Europe, as rains and violent winds sparked flooding and tore trees from their roots.

Thick snow has also cloaked French and Italian mountain regions, trapping hundreds of drivers in their cars and tourists in hotels.

In Italy, where Venice was inundated by near-record flooding and ferocious storms drove high winds reaching up to 180 kilometers (110 miles) an hour, authorities announced a further five deaths, after confirming five people had died on Monday.

Luxury yachts lay smashed in the harbor of Rapallo near Genoa after a dam broke under pressure.

“It was like a tsunami,” one stunned port worker was quoted as saying by Italian media.

“We thought the danger would come from the mountains, we thought the problem would be landslides,” said Liguria head Giovanni Toti.

“Instead, we get a coastal storm surge the likes of which we’ve never seen,” he said.

Authorities Tuesday reported a woman died when her home was engulfed by a mudslide in the northern region of Trentino, a man was killed in the northeastern Veneto region by a falling tree, and a firefighter died during relief operations in South Tyrol.

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