Having said just a few days ago that this time of year you take your chances with the weather, yesterday all of Italy had the most awful storm. In Sardinia, an island just off the coast, 18 people died after the cyclone hit and 47cm of rain fell in just 12 hours. I don't how much it's in the press around the world but here it's been declared a national tragedy.
In my friends' hotel the lightning travelled down the phone cable twice causing very dramatic sparks and a small fire! The thunder was the loudest I've ever heard and on a couple of occasions the centuries-old building shook. All pretty scary stuff and as all the phones and internet are now down, not great for business either.
This morning, the sky is back to bright blue, all innocent like nothing it happened!