Levoča hit by a supercell storm

A supercell is very common in the USA and can cause a tornado.

The D1 highway got flooded after a supercell hit Levoča in eastern Slovakia this June.The D1 highway got flooded after a supercell hit Levoča in eastern Slovakia this June. (Source: Tomáš Mitašík)

A supercell thunderstorm, which causes heavy hail, damaging winds and even tornadoes, is most common in America, but the Slovak town of Levoča (eastern Slovakia) was hit by one on June 19, as reported by the imeteo.sk website.

Heavy rain flooded several roads, including the D1 highway and others in the city and its vicinity. Following that, firefighters had to clear the fallen trees off the roads in Levoča.

What is a supercell?

Supercells are caused, unlike other storms, by a rotating updraught, also called a mesocyclone. It can be up to several kilometres wide, and it drives the supercell until cool air cuts the storm off its energy, The Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ) explained.

“We can observe the so-called hook echo, which is one of the most characteristic features of the supercell,” imeteo.sk added.

SHMÚ issued a weather warning against storms for all the regions of Slovakia earlier in the day.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Igor Matovič (left) and Richard Sulík (right) in May 2020.

The far-right is falling, SaS stays ahead of OĽaNO

Za Ľudí would return to the parliament, according to the latest poll.

7 h
Illustrative stock photo

Gov't approved stricter Covid measures. If ineffective, hard lockdown will follow

FFP2 respirators will be obligatory, some schools will close again.

21 h
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use in the EU on January 29, 2021.

We need to talk about AstraZeneca. Without curse words

If you can’t deliver — fine. Then don’t say you can.

28. feb