On Monday afternoon the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMGW) issued a third degree warning regarding hailstorms for the provinces of: Małopolska, Podkarpackie, Lubelskie, Świętokrzyskie and several southern points of Mazovia. The heavy wind may cause tornadoes at those locations.
According to this alert, storms with rainfall of 50 mm to 60 mm and wind gusts up to 120 km/h are expected. Hail may fall in places, the possibility of a whirlwind is not excluded.
IMGW published a second degree alert against heavy rain and thunderstorms for the Silesian and Podlasie provinces, the rest of Mazovia and the eastern poviats of the province of Warmińsko-Mazurskie.
The provinces of Opolskie, Łódzkie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie and the rest of the province Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship also issued a first degree warning against rain and storms. IMGW in this area forecasts moderate and heavy rainfall. The amount of precipitation may reach 30 mm with storms winds of up to 70 km / h.
There is 80 percent probability of the alert levels occurring.
Hailstorms in Podkarpackie
This was a rough weekend for the southern Podkarpackie province hit by a torrential downpour and rainstorms that saw over 11,000 firefighters on duty answering nearly 2,000 emergency calls.
The first units rushed into action on Friday when the first heavy rain swept through Podkarpackie province. Water broke into houses and farm outbuildings, inundated roads, schools and Voluntary Fire Service (OSP) outposts, also making wells overflow. When the water receded, a great deal of damage was revealed.
“We have evacuated a total of 155 citizens. These were some really tough evacuation conditions with strong water currents but we managed regardless,” Assistant Commissioner of the State Fire Service (PSP) Andrzej Babiec told the Polish Press Agency, adding that “no one was hurt although material losses couldn’t have been avoided.”
Commissioner Babiec also reported that nearly 2,000 emergency calls were received by the Fire Service and that firefighters were in action at 29 localities in more than seven districts. He said that over 1,000 professional firefighters of the PSP and over 10,500 OSP counterparts took part in the operation.
"It is a very high number" – the Commissioner noted and added, there were firemen from all over the region, not only the neighbouring sites.
Firemen from Podkarpacie were supported by their colleagues from Małopolskie, Świętokrzyskie and Mazowieckie – thanks to a decision made by the Chief of the General Fireman Department.
The commander of the Podkarpackie firefighters also reported that currently intensive actions are still taking place in the following counties: Jasielski, Krosno, Przeworsk, Łańcut and Przemyśl. These are - he said - typically cleaning activities, such as: pumping water from buildings, helping residents clean the bypass, clearing road culverts.
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