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Flooding in the Liguria region of Italy on Monday. Photo: Liguria President Giovanni Toti/Facebook

Northwestern Italy has been hit by record rainfall from a complex of thunderstorms, triggering flooding and mudslides, per AP.

By the numbers: 29.2 inches of rain fell in 12 hours on Monday in Rossiglione, Genoa province, just south of Milan. That's a new, all-time European record, meteorologists noted Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 7.1 inches of rain poured down in one hour on Vicomorasso — "more than double the 3.15 inches that fell during the record-setting one-hour cloudburst that overwhelmed New York City on Sept. 1 as the remnants of Hurricane Ida passed," per WashPost.

  • The storm generated over half a million lightning strikes in the region in 48 hours, meteorologists noted.

Of note: The coastal city of Savona in the northwestern region of Liguria, which borders France, was the worst affected by flooding and mudslides, AP reports.

  • There were no immediate reports of casualties, but dozens of people were rescued, per WashPost. A bridge in the town of Quiliano collapsed in the floods, according to Milan news outlet Corriere della Sera.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Andrew Freedman: The extraordinary deluge follows other recent and deadly extreme precipitation events in Tennessee, the New York City area, and this past summer in Central Europe, among others.

  • The most recent assessment report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicated increased confidence that heavy precipitation events are tied to human-caused climate change, since warmer air holds more moisture that storms can tap into.

Go deeper

Chronic flooding plagues Philadelphia's Cedar Park neighborhood

Intense flooding of Joey Brodsky's basement on Aug. 28. Image courtesy of Brodsky

West Philadelphia residents are pleading with the city to do something about the chronic flooding that has filled basements with water and caused thousands of dollars in damage to some homes.

What's happening: Multiple residents living around the intersection of 52nd St. and Whitby Ave. told Taylor they've been experiencing extensive flooding coming from their pipes since August, right before Hurricane Ida.

  • But flooding in the Cedar Park neighborhood has only become more frequent and intense since the storm.
  • "This is not only in major storms, and this water is not coming through my foundation," resident Dan Farell said. "It's coming through the city's pipes."
Oct 12, 2021 - Science

Weather and climate disasters have cost the U.S. over $100 billion in 2021

Piles of debris is all that's left of a restaurant after heavy rain from remnants of Hurricane Ida came through in Manville, New Jersey, on Sept. 7. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Weather and climate disasters in 2021 have killed 538 people in the U.S. and cost over $100 billion, according to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Why it matters: The first nine months of 2021 saw the largest number of billion-dollar disasters in a calendar year so far, with 2021 on pace for second behind 2020, per the report.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
8 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

A construction worker walks along a dirt road at the Avangrid Renewables La Joya wind farm in Encino, New Mexico, on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo: Cate Dingley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.