The inhabitants of Comacchio, a town in Central Italy, between the two branches of the Po, rejoice in storms because then the fish are driven into their marshes.
Whose townsmen loathe the lazy calm's repose, And pray that stormy waves may lash the beach.
Rose's Orlando Furioso, ii. 41.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894