Sabine, the massive storm sweeping across Europe, swept in as expected causing damage throughout the Czech Republic today and at least one fatality was announced as high winds ripped the roofing off of buildings, toppled trees, and downed power lines.
Czech Power company CEZ reported widespread outages with close to 100,000 left without electricity for several hours this morning. The situation was rectified in most areas by the afternoon.
Authorities from the CMHU have once again stated that the storm is due to continue into Tuesday and, while the storm did not reach the level of Hurricane Kyrill which hit in 2007, they recorded gusts of up to 100km/hour and advise people to stay indoors if possible.
Beginning at midnight, the Czech fire service reported nearly 300 calls and some 1400 incidents (more than ten times the norm) for which they reported to 81 separate call-outs.
In one such incident, fire and ambulance crews were called to a playground in Praha Klánovice where two teens, a boy age 15 and girl age 14, were injured just before 2pm. Both were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries.
While Vaclav Havel International Airport remained open, a number of inbound flights were cancelled and Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Hlubuček (United Force for Prague) announced the closure of cemeteries and the Prague Zoo for security reasons, saying, “Citizens should carefully consider whether to enter parks and not stay under trees.” He also announced the closure of the Troja Footbridge and ferries across the Vltava.
The situation is expected to normalize by the afternoon on Tuesday.