Heavy snowfall on Sunday night and Monday morning complicated traffic in
some parts of the country. Around five centimetres of snow fell overnight
in the Šumava mountains and in the Vysočina region.
Jeseníky Mountains in the north east of the country saw around ten centimetres of fresh snow and further snowfall is expected during the day.
Energy producers in the Czech Republic have tabulated that damage from
hurricane-force winds two Sundays ago, reached almost 100 million crowns.
The storm, which began at around 12 AM on October 29, and lasted throughout
the night and into the next day, brought down trees and power lines; four
people were killed by falling trees. On the country’s highest peak,
Snežka, winds reached the speed of 180 km/h. The head of energy giant
ČEZ, Daniel Beneš, said that ČEZ had seen damage worth more than 70
million crowns but said it would have no impact on company results as the
firm was insured against natural calamities of this kind.
Energy company E.ON posted damage at around 20 million crowns.
A fourth person is reported dead as a result of the severe storm that hit
the Czech Republic on Sunday. The latest victim was an eighty-year-old man
who had gone mushroom hunting in the forest. Three other people were killed
in different parts of the country by falling trees.
Meanwhile, thousands of people were still without power on Tuesday as maintenance crews struggled to fix damaged power lines. Persistent rain in some areas have made it difficult to use heavy technology.
The Karlovy Vary region has placed a number of forests and wooded areas off limits to the public for fear of more accidents. Clean-up work continues around the country and the damages are expected to reach billions of crowns.
Sunday’s high winds in the Czech Republic claimed a third life on Monday
after a man in the area of Mladá Boleslav who had been hit by a tree and
had suffered multiple injuries died in hospital.
The man, who was 58, had been transported to hospital in Liberec by an emergency helicopter and had been on life-support.
Material damage in forest and woodlands is being tabulated in the Krkonoše
Mountains, where strong winds on Sunday damaged thousands of cubic metres
of wood in the form of snapped branches and falling trees. Damage was made
worse because soil was already saturated from extensive rainfall.
Locals as well as tourists have been warned not to enter forest areas until areas are stabilised. On Sunday, wind at the Czech Republic’s highest peak, Snežka, hit a speed of 180 kilometres per hour. On Monday, some sites, such as Prague Zoo, remained closed.
The high winds that battered the Czech Republic on Sunday are dying down
and life in the country is slowly returning to normal.Several hundred
thousand households were still without power on Monday morning and trains
are not running along 22 routes that remain blocked by fallen trees.
Two people were killed by falling trees on Sunday and people have been warned not to venture into forests or wooded areas since many trees undermined by the hurricane-force winds could still fall. The material damage is expected to reach billions of crowns.
Heavy rain overnight and on Sunday has swollen rivers in north Bohemia with a flood alert in place in the Liberec and Hradec Kralove regions. Second and third degree alerts are in place in many villages along the Labe, Jizera and Kamenice rivers which have exerienced flash floods in the past. Anti-flood measures are being effected, such as bags of sand being placed along the embanments. The situation is expected to improve at the start of the week.
High winds damaged the roof of the main building at Prague’s Vystaviste exhibition grounds in Holesovice on Sunday and the entire grounds were closed to the public for safety reasons,Czech Radio reported. The emergency situation has cut short this year’s Designblok which was housed in the premises. The organizers have appologized to the public. The Prague Castle compound and Prague Zoo were also closed for the day for safety reasons.
Hurricane-force winds have been battering the Czech Republic, taking lives,
bringing down trees, power lines and damaging property. The worst problems
are reported in the western and central parts of the country where two
people were killed by falling trees and thousands of homes are without
The power utility CEZ has declared a calamity situation in seven regions. Many roads and rail tracks are blocked by fallen trees and emergency crews have been responding to hundreds of calls since the early hours of Sunday.
Peope have been advised to take extreme caution and not leave their homes if possible. In the mountain regions the force of the wind may reach 160 km per hour. A high wind warning is in force until midnight.
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