A torrential rainstorm battered Rome during the morning rush hour Thursday, causing flash floods that killed one man, felled trees and blocked thousands of commuters from reaching their workplaces.
Firemen reported finding the body of a man who drowned in his basement apartment. Police rescued dozens of others from low-lying buildings.
Italian authorities said they received more than 5,000 calls for help during the storm. Trees were felled, subways were flooded and some roads crumbled.
Private schools in Rome urged parents to keep their children home for the day, saying classrooms were flooded and roads near schools impassable.
Hours after the rain stopped, cars remained trapped in massive traffic jams on the outskirts of the city.