Floods sweep Italian island of Sardinia following heavy rains

Floods have swept the Italian island of Sardinia following heavy rains. At least three people have been killed.

Italian media say the three who have died there include an older man who drowned at home and a man killed in his vehicle.

Strong winds and rain have battered the island since Friday, cutting off power and forcing some people to evacuate.

Andrea Soddu, mayor of the province’s main town of Nuoro, warned of “particularly heavy” rainfall in the area and asked citizens to exercise “maximum caution” in a post on Facebook.

There are also fears of flooding in the nearby towns of Torpè and Galtellì with further rains expected on Saturday.

The Network of European Meteorological Service issued a red alert for the island and urged residents to take precautions as thunderstorms were expected to persist until early Sunday morning.

The severe weather was expected to move into central Italy over the weekend, according to local news reports. An orange alert was been issued for Sicily and Calabria.

In 2013, heavy flooding caused by Cyclone Cleopatra killed at least 18 people in Sardinia.