Fog continues to hamper air and road traffic


The National Meteorological Administration (ANM) has been issuing fog warnings for weeks. Western Europe is devastated by violent storms and powerful floods.

Thick fog has been persisting almost throughout Romania for the past three weeks. Yesterday was no exception, with Bucharest and almost all counties (Ilfov, Ialomita, Calarasi, Dambovita, Prahova, Teleorman, Giurgiu, Braila, Buzau, Arges, Valcea, Gorj, Mehedinti, Dolj, Olt, Bacau, Vrancea, Botosani, Galati, Neamt, Vaslui, Iasi, Alba, Mures, Harghita, Covasna, Brasov, Sibiu) being under a fog warning issued by the ANM for most of the day.
At the same time, on the national roads and highways A1, A2 and A3 visibility fell below 200 meters and below 50 meters in small areas of Dobrogea, as well as in Maramures and Cluj counties. In some areas of the aforementioned counties fog was associated with sleet and frost.
The unfavorable weather has affected five internal and external flights at the ‘Avram Iancu’ International Airport in Cluj, four of them being delayed and one redirected to the airport in Targu Mures. The representatives of the ‘Avram Iancu’ airport stated for Mediafax that the flights were to and from Bucharest, Eindhoven and Vienna. According to the airport’s representatives, other flights were delayed, canceled or redirected on Thursday.
Likewise, a Blue Air flight from Sibiu to Stuttgart with 78 passengers onboard was postponed yesterday morning because of the fog. According to the representatives of national airports, many flights were rescheduled for after 2 PM when the fog was expected to lift, however some of the fog warnings were extended up to 5 PM.
Fog has hampered air and road traffic since the start of the week. On Wednesday five external and internal flights were canceled at the ‘Avram Iancu’ International Airport in Cluj because of the fog, and three others registered delays. Hundreds of passengers waited on Wednesday for the fog to lift and the aircraft to take off. Some of the passengers, who had waited up to eight hours in the airport, complained that they were given no information about the resumption of flights.

On Tuesday ten flights that should have taken off or landed at the aforementioned airport were affected by fog, many of them being canceled.
Considering that fog is increasingly frequent at this time of year, traffic policemen have asked all drivers to drive cautiously in order to enhance traffic safety. Fog is a weather phenomenon that calls on all traffic participants, drivers or pedestrians, to be cautious when using public roads. Drivers have to drive slowly and permanently adapt their speed to road conditions and every maneuver has to be performed with utmost care. Policemen point out that overtaking is the most dangerous maneuver while there is fog.
For the time being Romania is only dealing with fog. Western Europe however is devastated by violent storms. Western France and Spain are dealing with strong floods, while in Great Britain the weather has been causing havoc for almost a week. Thousands of homes have been destroyed and the situation does not seem to be improving at all.

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