Authorities count the cost of Sabine

Storm Sabine, also known as Ciara, continued to sweep over Poland on Tuesday damaging 250 buildings and snapping hundreds of trees, the State Fire Service (PSP) said on Wednesday.

Of the 250 damaged buildings, nearly 170 were residential houses, the PSP reported. A spokesman for the Chief Commander of the PSP said that 1,246 interventions were reported in the country. The highest number of call-outs were in the Silesia province, southern Poland, however, no one was killed or injured, the PSP added.

In total, 7,525 firefighters were engaged in the clear up process. Between Sunday and Thursday, 12 people were injured. But it was on Monday that Storm Sabine hit Poland with winds of up to 100 km/h killing 3 people in the southern mountain town of Bukowina Tatrzańska.

Shortly before 11 am high winds tore the roof off a ski equipment hire centre. The roof collided with 4 people, killing a 40-year-old woman and her daughter on the spot. The other two casualties received treatment, mountain resort Zakopane police spokesperson told Poland’s Press Agency (PAP). One of the hospitalised individuals could not be saved.

Winds settle, waters rise

At noon on Wednesday, Poland’s Met Office (IMGW) website showed half of the country’s territory on first-degree alert. A second-degree alert was maintained for central, northwestern, western and southwestern parts of the country, meaning that the potential risk of dangerous weather phenomena exists.

The torrential rains brought by Sabine increased the water level in seaside rivers. For this reason the IMGW issued a second-degree hydrological alert for the northern province of Pomorskie. The water level remains below alarm conditions. Northeastern Polish territorial waters were marked with a gale alert, meaning winds west to southwest of the force of 8 to 9 Beaufort-scale. The state of sea was at 5 to 6 on the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) code, meaning wave heights oscillating from 2.5 to 6 metres (13 to 20 ft).

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