Romania, under code orange for storms. The cyclone that rushed at 100 km/h over the country killed at least 11 people in Europe

Romania, under code orange for storms. The cyclone that rushed at 100 km/h over the country killed at least 11 people in Europe
Romania, under code orange for storms. The cyclone that rushed at 100 km/h over the country killed at least 11 people in Europe
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The cyclone that killed at least 11 people in Europe rushed at 100 kilometers per hour today over Romania. The capital was overturned by violent gusts. Several planes missed landing in Bucharest. In the city, people could barely stay on their feet. Dozens of trees and concrete pillars broke under the siege of the wind. The firefighters were assaulted with emergency calls. And a man, who did not manage to reach the shelter, arrived at the hospital in a coma.

By the Observator editorial team on 04.02.2024, 19:26

Festive gusts brought danger of death to Bucharest. A surveillance camera captured the moment when a huge tree is blown to the ground by the wind, close to the Fire Gazebo. Two cars narrowly avoid the heavy trunk, but another is caught under the thick branches. Miraculously, no one was injured, but several parked cars were seriously damaged.

Reporter Observer: How long did you leave the car here?

Owner: 20 minutes. I got a call, the tree fell on your car.

Vijelia also messed up public transport in Bucharest, at peak hours, and put hundreds of people at risk. A wind-blown tree fell just as a tram full of passengers was passing by.

The storm damaged cars, buildings and disrupted public transport

Valentin Drăgan, vatman: I was walking and I saw the tree fall and I got scared, I heard a loud bang.

The luck of the travelers was that the tree remained hanging on the electricity wires and did not crush the wagon.

Andreea Milea, Observer reporter: Traffic is completely blocked, on the entire street and currently the trams are waiting to continue their journey. Watmanul says he did not have time to avoid the moment of impact, while people in the area say this tree should have been cut down a long time ago.

Other people narrowly missed death when a concrete pillar collapsed seconds before a trolleybus passed.

Even the billboards did not withstand the onslaught of the wind. The gusts were so strong that they bent the beasts. The damage balance is still provisional. By noon, more than 50 trees were down and 10 roofs were destroyed.

Bogdan Dinu, Observer reporter: Firefighters also use a ladder to be able to remove the trunk of the tree in such a way that it does not fall on the nearby house.

And the people barely managed to stay on their feet. And the storm brought trouble both on earth and in the air.

The storm brought trouble both on earth and in the air

Andreea Milea, Observer reporter: In Bucharest, the wind blows strongly with gusts of up to 80 kilometers per hour. It started in the morning from 9 o’clock and only during the night will it calm down completely. Strong gusts uprooted trees and also confused air traffic. Several aircraft missed landing both at Otopeni Airport and at Baneasa, so they flew over the runway for several minutes.

The extreme weather created an apocalyptic landscape near Craiova after it lifted the ash from the thermal power plants. Drivers drove almost blindly through clouds of dust.

The storm was stronger than any adhesive used in construction. He simply peeled off several buildings.

Diana Speretoiu, Observer reporter: At Targu Jiu, the strong wind detached the decorative plaster from the facade of this block located in the city center and recently rehabilitated. Firefighters also intervened in the area to remove dangerous construction elements.

Where there were no crazy gusts, there were temperature differences of 18 degrees Celsius from one day to the next. The locals of Baia Mare changed to their winter clothes again.

The merciless weather also made a victim in Vrancea. A 51-year-old man ended up in a coma at the hospital, hit by the wooden structure of a solar building blown away by the wind. These violent storms were brought by Cyclone Nelson, which crossed the continent from north to south. The whole country was covered with weather warnings.

There was a code orange warning in 18 other counties

Gusts of up to 70 kilometers per hour swept half of the country – 22 counties under code yellow. They broke branches and raised enormous whirlwinds of dust.

There was a code orange warning in 18 other counties. The gusts reached 85 kilometers per hour, scared the locals and caused great damage. The worst was in the mountains. The wind reached the speed of a hurricane, over 120 kilometers per hour, and broke dozens of trees. From tomorrow morning, the wind subsides, except in the mountains where it will reach 90 kilometers per hour.

Cyclone Nelson caused many casualties in Europe. Three adults and two children died crushed by trees in southern Poland after the wind reached unusual speeds: 155 kilometers per hour.

Weather Observatory
Romania, under code orange for storms. The cyclone that rushed at 100 km/h over the country killed at least 11 people in Europe

The article is in Romanian

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