Sunday's hurricane left behind two victims in the Czech Republic
Gale-force wind that blew at the speed of some 200 kilometres per hour in Western and Central Europe over the weekend, left behind two victims in the Czech Republic. According to Czech meteorologists, it was the strongest wind the country experienced in more than 20 years.
Meteorologists have compared the gale-force wind to carpet bombing. Travelling from west to east, the high wind broke telegraph poles, which resulted in electricity cuts, and trees which blocked roads and railway lines throughout the country and caused many car and train accidents. Also many roofs were blown away.
Meteorologist Frantisek Sedlacek from Hradec Kralove explained the main cause of the hurricane:
"It was caused by the passage of a cold front combined with a low air pressure area above the Czech Republic which came here from the Baltic region, accompanied with unusually cold air. The air pressure dropped substantially and the combination of these factors usually causes high winds."
Jan Havelka from the Czech Meteorological Institute in Prague says that the damaging hurricane came to Europe from America, which usually happens in spring and autumn. Although on its way to Europe it was loosing power, it was still strong enough to cause frequent torrential rain and thunderstorms, says Mr. Havelka. He says another hurricane is not expected to come back within the next 10 days.