UPDATED: Strong wind caused problems around Slovakia

A fallen tree killed a schoolboy in Nitra.

A tree fell on Podunajská Street in Bratislava.A tree fell on Podunajská Street in Bratislava. (Source: TASR)

Strong wind complicated situation around Slovakia and even claimed a life. In Nitra, a fallen tree killed a 14-year-old boy and injured several other pupils, the police informed on Facebook.

More than 200 interventions by firefighters were needed in all Slovakia by 19:00 on Monday. Zuzana Farkasová from the Firefighter and Rescuer Presidium stated that the most intervention was needed in the Nitra region, altogether 52 times, especially in the counties of Nové Zámky, Nitra and Komárno.

In the Trnava region, their intervention was needed in 47 cases, 37 times in the Banská Bystrica region, 35 times in the Bratislava region, 14 times in the Žilina region, eight times in the Trenčín region and the Košice region, and 4 times in the Prešov region. About 250 firefighters were out in the field.

The strong wind also caused problems with electricity. About 6,000 households remained without electricity until about 18:00, stated the spokesperson of Stredoslovenská Distribučná energy distribution company, Miroslav Gejdoš.

“Our electricians succeeded in remedying some malfunctions but as the wind is still blowing, there have been some more,” he said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. Most of the malfunctions were caused by fallen trees and broken branches near electric lines.

Several routes in Bratislava affected

Strong winds have affected railway transport. Many train delays started from one hour, even 100 minutes, especially on southern routes. Some trains were cancelled. International EC trains from and to Budapest were also affected.

Several incidents occurred that complicated local transport in Bratislava. For example, a tree fell on the trolley wires on Štefániková Street, affecting the routes of the 207 and 212 lines.

“We had to cut Hodžovo Námestie square and its surrounding from electricity, and trolleybus number 6857 is blocking a crossroad there,” the Dopravný Podnik Bratislava (DPB) public transport company reported, as quoted by TASR, adding the fire brigade has already arrived on the scene.

Both lines are now passing through Šancová and Legionárska Streets to Záhrádnícka Street.

Another accident occurred on the 29 line where a branch broke the windshield of the bus. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported.

Since Devínska Cesta remains impassable, the 29 line will probably be rerouted through Dúbravka, TASR wrote.

A fallen tree has also blocked access to Ovsište in Petržalka. As a result, the 98 line is not running to the area.

Warnings in place

The Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ) has issued warnings for the entire country that will be in place for the afternoon of September 30.

The second-level warning against strong wind was issued for Bratislava and some towns in Trnava and Nitra Regions until 15:00. Another warning was issued for the Tatra mountains in northern Slovakia, where it will be in affect until 21:00.

SHMÚ issued a first-level warning for the rest of the country. It will be in place until 19:00 in most of the regions, with the exception of Banská Bystrica, Košice and Prešov Regions, where it will last until midnight.

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