Massive chunks of hail and torrential rain battered Rome when a freak storm struck on Sunday evening. The adverse weather blanketed streets with icy chunks and trapped many drivers in their cars in the city’s eastern neighbourhoods.

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The weather blanketed streets with icy chunks and trapped many drivers in their cars in Rome’s eastern neighbourhoods

Some drivers abandoned their cars in the middle of streets that became flowing rivers of ice and were pictured slowly making their way through hail-covered streets.

Elsewhere in the city, buses were stopped and cars were abandoned after some streets were left severely flooded due to the rainfall.

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Massive chunks of hail and torrential rain battered Rome when a freak storm struck on Sunday evening.

A video captured icy water and hailstones running down escalators into an underground train station in the city.

Firefighters responded to similar incidents in Florence and Pisa. The storms even reached Sicily on Sunday, where the eastern province of Catania was hit by torrential rain for the second time in three days.

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That’s a lot of hail in Rome, Italy. via Facebook
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But where is my car? via Twitter
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Cars lost floating in icy water in Rome. via Facebook

The severe weather also affected parts of northern Italy, including Milan, where strong winds toppled trees. In Bologna, the airport saw flights delayed due to difficult flying conditions.

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Cars are blocked in a road covered with massive chunks of hail in Rome after a storm and torrential rain hit the area

A severe weather warning for wind remains in effect for the Italian capital until Tuesday.

Extreme hail are always very impressive. Be prepared, the next severe weather may pass through your area.

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