A strong, nearly stationary low pressure system to the West of Italy continues to result in strong Easterly winds over the Adriatic Sea, causing the waters to flood (literally) into Venice. The above photo of the Piazza San Marco was taken yesterday (via twitter, unknown photographer). Here is what the historic tourist site normally looks like:
Similar images abound across the region from the last few days:
While flooding due to heavy rain, storm surge and tidal fluctuations is not necessarily usual in this area at this time of the year (the locals call it "acqua alta" or "high water"), water levels do not typically get this high.
Shops and other landmarks are struggling to keep the water "at bay" any way they can...
Some have been met with more success (above) than others (below):
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