Storm Adrian
Windstorm Adrian strengthening over the Western Mediterranean Sea
Area affectedBalearic Islands, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia
Date of impact27 October–3 November 2018[1][2]
Maximum wind gust117 mph (189 km/h), Cap Pertusato [fr], France[3]
Lowest pressure977 hPa (28.9 inHg)[4]
Power outages200,000+[6]
Damage≥ £2.9 billion (≥ €3.3 billion)[7]

Storm Adrian (also known as Vaia)[5] was an intense Mediterranean storm which brought severe conditions to Northern Italy and surrounding regions. it was one of the costliest of the 2018-19 named storms, causing £2.9 billion (≥ €3.3 billion) in damages. It formed over the western Mediterranean Sea on October 28, becoming the sixth named storm of the season and the first named storm of the season for Météo-France. The storm made landfall in Corsica on 29 October with powerful wind gusts in excess of 189 km/h (117 mph), winds the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane. The storm made landfall along the French Riviera later that day, bringing high winds, heavy rain, thunderstorms and a severe storm surge along the south coast of France, causing coastal erosion in Nice.[8][9] The storm's weather front brought similar problems to northern Italy and the Adriatic coast. Throughout Italy, 11 fatalities were reported. The storm damaged the Basilica of San Marco and left 75% of Venice underwater,[10] but it also caused devastating damage to the Alpine forests south of the Dolomites. Additionally, as Storm Adrian pulled north, Central France experienced a winter storm with snowfall totals in excess of 50 cm (20 in) in higher elevations. The wintry weather cut power to 200,000+ and resulted in traffic chaos.[11]


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  11. ^ "VIDEOS: Heavy snow causes travel chaos and power cuts in central France". 2018-10-30. Retrieved 2019-03-30.