Wednesday 13 December 2017

Deadly wave of 125mph tornadoes hit Poland

AMATEUR footage captures a tornado, with wind speeds of up to 125mph, moving through the Polish town of Sztum.

One person was killed and 10 others were injured when a wave of tornadoes ripped through northern Poland, Polish media reported on Sunday.

The hardest hit localities were in the Baltic region of Pomerania and two neighbouring provinces.

Throughout the affected regions, trees were uprooted, buildings damaged and power lines downed, and 400 hectares of woodlands in the Tuchola Forest area were flattened.

Some 1,200 rescuers have been working round the clock to remove fallen trees, unblock roads and restore utilities.

The only known fatality was a sixty-year-old man crushed to death by a collapsing building in the village of Wycinki.

Meteorologists have categorised the storm as a class two tornado with wind velocity of up to 200 kilometres per hour, Polish TVN24 news channel reported.

Hailstorms, gales, cloudbursts and flash floods have hit Poland since the start of July.

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