Storms hit Poland causing power cuts to thousands

Fire departments intervened as many as 2,000 times over the past 24 hours to deal with the results of storms and powerful winds that tore through Poland.

The southern Polish town of Kaniów was struck by a tornado but no one was hurt in the disaster.

“I have talked with the Sląskie provincial governor @JWieczorekPL and the Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński about the situation in Kaniów. The storm winds damaged 22 buildings, 8 of which incurred serious damage. No one was hurt. The payout of disaster relief funds will commence soon. The Interior Ministry will ensure further necessary help,” Poland’s President Andrzej Duda tweeted on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in the eastern town of Siedlce, a warehouse caught on fire, possibly as a result of a lightning strike.

The National Fire Service Headquarters announced that by 10pm Sunday as many as 22,318 electricity customers were affected by power cuts, 18,114 in Mazowieckie province, 2,267 in Łódzkie province and 1,027 in Podlaskie province.

On Monday morning, the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMGW) reported that “storms no longer prevail in Poland. The largest rainfall was reported in the northern city of Gdańsk over the past hours. Increased river levels were recorded. For the time being eight water level control stations reported water levels exceeding state of alerts.”