On Thursday, October 11, a level orange storm warning has been announced between the hours of 6am and 6pm. The forecast calls for storms and heavy rain.
In Italy, storm warnings are classified by a color code: green (no danger perceived), yellow (slight danger), orange (moderate danger) and red (extreme danger).
After the devastating October 2011 floods that took place in Vernazza and Monterosso, these storm warnings are not taken lightly by local city halls.
Tomorrow expect safety measures to be in place. In the Comune di Riomaggiore (which encompasses the villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Volastra & Groppo) that means:
- Local schools will be canceled
- Businesses located in potential flood zones will be closed
- Hiking trails will be officially closed
- Tour groups will not be permitted to board (or disembark from) trains or charter buses in these villages
- Cars will not be allowed to park in potential flood zones
It is recommended to steer clear of low-lying potential flood zones and to use prudence if you are out and about.
City halls in Vernazza and Monterosso are expected to take similar precautions.
Insider take: These storm warnings are not uncommon but as the old adage says, better safe than sorry. Don’t be overly alarmed but do makes plans to stay indoors tomorrow (and if you do venture out, be cautious). If you can, stock up on food and snacks today as it may be difficult to find businesses open tomorrow.