A strong tornado hit the Emilio Romagna region of Northern Italy on Friday (May 3) damaging hundreds of buildings and injuring at least 12 people.
The same area was devastated by an earthquake in May 2012.
Amateur video showed dramatic scenes in towns and villages close to the regional capital of Bologna.
Footage from the small village of Bentivoglio showed the tornado cone directly over the town.
Franca Fantuzzi was away from home when the tornado struck.
"Fortunately, I and my children had taken a holiday so we weren't here," she said, sadly gazing at the damage.
Many farmers were out on their land and were caught up in the twister, like Sandro Roversi, who took shelter under his tractor.
"I couldn't move, it came so quickly, I was inside, said Roversi pointing to his tractor that is covered with pieces of wood and other debris. I threw myself underneath, and I was OK. It was an enormous force, enormous," he added.
The governor of Emilia Romagna, Vasco Errani, asked the central government to declare a state of emergency and Italy's agricultural watchdog Coldiretti, warned of millions of euros of damage to farms and crops.