Strong wind will give Slovakia a hard time

Bratislava zoo is closed, visits to the woods around the capital not recommended.

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Nearly all Slovakia will be hit by strong wind on Thursday.

The Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ) issued the highest, third-level warning against weather warning against strong wind for the mountainous areas in northern Slovakia, where the wind might be as strong as 110-130 kilometres per hour, which already represents a really strong gale. In terms of gusts, wind speed may even reach 180 kilometres per hour.

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“The expected wind speed at this time of the year and area is extremely high and represents a great danger for people’s activities, particularly hiking and mountain climbing,” the SHMÚ has warned.

The third-level warning will stay in place until 15:00, and will then be moderated to a second-level warning lasting until 2:00 of February 18.

The entire western Slovakia and selected districts in the Orava and Turiec regions should get ready for a second-level warning with an average speed of 90-150 km/h, with the warning staying in place until midnight. The rest of Slovakia, except for the southeastern districts, will be hit by wind with an average speed of 45 km/h, which represents a first-level warning.

In some areas, strong wind might continue during Friday, February 18. Some districts in northern Slovakia should prepare for snowdrifts.

At the same time, the SHMÚ issued a first-level warning against floods caused by melting snow for the districts of Prievidza and Turčianske Teplice.

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Wind in Bratislava closes a zoo

Given the second-level wind warning, the city of Bratislava has warned its inhabitants of visiting parks, cemeteries and woods.

“Such wind speed is above the average, and represents a higher risk for people’s activities,” the city wrote on Facebook, as quoted by the SITA newswire, adding that there is a higher probability of damages.

The zoo in the capital decided to close its gates as well, in order to protect visitors.

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