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Venice sees highest tide since December 2010

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A general view toward St. Mark's Basin is seen during the high water on Nov. 11, in Venice, Italy. More than 70% of Venice has been been left flooded after the historic town was hit by an unexpected and exceptionally high tide. The sea level rose very quickly to 150 centimeters due to strong southerly winds and heavy rain.

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A man carries luggages on a flooded St. Mark's Square.

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A woman walks on a flooded street along a canal.

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A man sits in his shop as tourits walk in a flooded street.

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People take a coffee in a flooded shop.

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A woman stands on a bench above a flooded street.

NBC's Claudio Lavanga reports from historic Piazza San Marco, in Venice, Italy, where a storm surge combined with high tide left 70 percent of the city submerged.