VIDEOS: Thunderstorms hit South and East Estonia, outages affect more than 19,000 households ({{commentsTotal}})


The weather service issued a level one storm warning on Sunday. Heavy rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds brought down trees, knocked out electricity lanes, and flooded roads and town centers in South and East Estonia.

In the Ida-Viru, Jõgeva, Järva, Lääne-Viru, Põlva, Tartu, Valga, Viljandi, and Võru counties, wind speeds reached more than 20 m/s. The Rescue Board reported that among a whole series of other accidents, cars had been hit by falling trees in Valga and Võru County.

In East Estonia, more than 10,000 households were without electricity. In the southern counties of Põlva, Võru, and Tartu, outages affected some 9,400 households. Other countries were affected as well, though on a smaller scale.

The Rescue Board cautioned people to spend as little time out in the open as possible. The storm did its worst damage in the southernmost region of the country, where the otherwise quiet lakes around Pühajärve were stirred up so violently that boats capsized and sank.


Video taken in Pühajärve:


Reader videos of the thunderstorms that hit the South, and the damage done:



Some of the Rescue Board's Twitter feed of Sunday, Jul. 3:

Editor: Editor: Dario Cavegn

+{{cc.replyToName}} {{cc.body}}
No comments yet.
Logged in as {{user.alias}}. Log out
Login failed

Register user/reset password

Name needs to be fewer than 32 characters long
Comment needs to be fewer than 600 characters long

Independence Day: Estonia’s way into the future isn’t a race

There is a lack of connection between the Estonian state, and the people who live here. While it expects a lot of the state, Estonian society doesn’t seem ready to contribute, writes Viktor Trasberg.

Lotman: Security academy would be crucial Estonian identity point in Narva

In an opinion piece published by Eesti Päevaleht, Tallinn University professor Mihhail Lotman found it important to overcome the mental barrier separating Ida-Viru County from the rest of Estonia.

About us

Staff & contacts | Comments rules

Would you like to contribute an article, a feature, or an opinion piece?

Let us know: