Winter storms kill one, interrupt roads and electricity lines ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

A Rescue Board unit working to clear a street in Tallinn, Jan. 7, 2018.
A Rescue Board unit working to clear a street in Tallinn, Jan. 7, 2018. Source: (Nõmme komando/Päästeamet)

Due to the current winter storms the Rescue Board's units were called out almost a hundred times throughout Sunday afternoon and the night to Monday. Calls still kept coming in on Monday morning, with Rescue Board personnel as well as volunteers trying to get the damage under control.

The lion's share of the calls concerned trees or large tree branches interrupting roads and overhead electricity lines, the Rescue Board reported. But there are also cases of billboards and traffic signs damaged by strong wind.

One example was a railway crossing in Tartu the barriers of which had been ripped off and carried away by the wind, Rescue Board press spokeswoman Annika Juhanson told ERR.

In Tallinn's Lasnamäe district a large traffic sign had come loose and dropped on a car. In Kalamaja in North Tallinn a tree had fallen onto a car, Juhanson said.

Though most roads have been cleared, there could still be smaller tree branches on roads and streets, and drivers are advised to be cautious, Juhanson added.

One death was reported as well. Shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, a 69-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree in Pihali, Rapla County.

The weather on Monday morning is calmer, with a lot of snow in the eastern parts of the country and drier weather along the west coast. In some areas surface winds remain strong, which means snow drift can be expected.

Wind speeds are 12-15 m/s farther inland, and 17-20 m/s on the coast. The air temparature is between -2 and 2°C.

During the day the weather in most parts of Estonia is expected to clear up, locally some more snow might fall. Expected wind speeds during the day are 7-12 m/s, with gusts and coastal winds of 15-18 m/s.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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