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PHOTOS: Rare Tornado Tears Through Catania, Italy

A violent tornado touched town near Catania, Italy, and caused damage in the area early Wednesday morning.

Rain with nearby thunderstorms were observed at Catania around 8 a.m. local time then again at 11 a.m. local time.

"It happens from time to time in the cooler months," Meteorologist Jim Andrews said. "There was a severe twister at Taranto a few years back."

According to Andrews, the parent storm dipped southeastward from the North Atlantic Ocean by way of France, Spain and Portugal Monday and Tuesday.

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As of Wednesday, it is centered over Italy, drifting slowly toward the east.

"This is the same storm that unleashed torrential rain and burying mountain-top snow along the southern Alps," Andrews said.

The low will tend to shift eastward and southward through Friday, triggering localized excessive rainfall in Italy, Tunisia and along the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea.

"It is possible [another tornado could be sparked], but with the understanding that tornadoes are rather rare beasts," Andrews said.

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