GALLERY: Storm leaves thousands of households without power

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    Storm damage at Pärnu beach (Kristjan Endrikson)

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12/7/2015 10:44 AM
Category: Environment

Last night's storm left tens of thousands without power supply and seawater submerged streets in coastal towns.

The storms that hit Estonia over the weekend saw gusts of wind of over 30 meters per second and the sea rise to critical levels in several parts of the country.

The rescue services responded to 158 storm-related calls on Sunday.

Fortunately, the seawater levels did not reach the predicted +190 centimeters, staying at around +160, which in Pärnu marks the critical level. Several streets were submerged in Pärnu and Haapsalu, where the water also flooded the ground floor of a seaside spa hotel. In Rohuküla harbor, cars were evacuated to a higher ground from a submerged parking lot.

Cars stranded in a submerged parking lot in Rohuküla harbor (Photo: Triin Palts/ERR).

The largest number of power cuts, mostly due to trees falling on power lines, were in Pärnu, Saare, Viljandi and Harju counties. Power companies hope to return power to all households in two-three days.

According to the met office, strong winds of up to 28 meters per second will continue until this evening. The seawater level will stay at around +70-120 centimeters on average.

Storm warnings still apply to the entire country, especially to the coastal areas.

Storm warnings (orange - 2nd degree; yellow - 1st degree) for Estonia (Source: ilmateenistus.ee).

M. Oll

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