Cyclone Forms In Mediterranean, Flash Floods Devastate Italy, France | Our fossil-fueled climate is wreaking havoc in Italy, where a freak tropical cyclone is adding to the suffering of communities washed out by flash floods. Genoa was inundated by a wall of water and mud that killed at least six people. Five victims, including two young girls, drowned in a lobby where they sought shelter, and one woman was crushed by cars floating in the torrent. Thousands have been told to evacuate along the path of the rising Po River. Three people died in accidents in France, where extreme rain has flooded thousands of homes. Now a tropical storm has formed off the southern coast of France, fueling more rain and misery. “CO2-induced warming can lead to a shift towards heavier intensive summertime precipitation over large parts of Europe,” researchers found in 2003.