Orange Code weather alert for floods in 7 counties ends today


Temperatures dropped to below zero in some mountainous areas, causing snowfall.

The devastating effects of recent heavy rain episodes were also visible yesterday in almost all regions of the country. Southern areas of Romania and certain parts of central and eastern Romania were particularly affected by rain and occasional electrical discharges and short-term wind set-ups. Water quantities exceeded 15 to 20 liters per square meter, and on a restricted perimeter, particularly in Arges, Dambovita, and Valcea counties, approx. 25 liters of rainwater per square meters have accumulated.
The Orange Code weather alert for floods issued at 2 p.m. will be in effect until today at noon in Dolj, Arges, Dambovita, Giurgiu, Valcea, Prahova, and Olt counties, according to a new weather alert issued by the National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management (INHGA).
The following counties were under Yellow Code weather alert for floods and storms until Monday, 9.00 a.m.: Mehedinti, Caras-Severin, Buzau, Sibiu, Hunedoara, Timis, Alba, and parts of Arad, Bihor, Cluj, Salaj, Maramures, Bistrita-Nasaud, Suceva, Brasov, and Vrancea.
Ten localities in Arges County, including Pitesti, Campulung, and Curtea de Arges, have been ravaged by rain in recent days with dozens of houses flooded and thousands of households deprived of electricity after the supply network broke down in a number of areas. In Pitesti municipality, firefighters helped evacuate the water onto three streets and the most severely affected neighborhood was Gavana. Moreover, road traffic on the Podul Viilor – Pitesti beltway bypass was closed down as a precautionary measure because the area is frequently flooded. Floods took their toll on three other localities in Dambovita, as firefighters intervened early yesterday to evacuate the water accumulated behind the Moreni Town Hall.
Flooded streets and
passageways, fallen trees, and layers of hailstones in Bucharest
Following late Sunday’s heavy rain, multiple streets, passageways, and houses in Bucharest were flooded and some areas were covered by a three centimeters thick layer of hailstones. For two hours, the capital city was under a Yellow Code weather alert. From 6.30 p.m. downpours occurred in Bucharest, resulting in approx. 20 liters of water per square meter and small and medium-sized hailstones in certain areas of the city. A layer of hailstones about three centimeters thick formed on a few-thousand-kilometer radius in the Unirii area.
ISU crews intervened to remove a tree that had collapsed on a car in the Brancoveanu area and a tree knocked over by heavy wind on the tram line around 11 Iunie Street. Help was requested from emergency services to remove water from households in multiple areas of Bucharest. There were also reports of plaster coming off apartment buildings. According to the spokesperson of ISU Bucharest, the bad weather did not result in casualties.
Snowfall and three centimeters of snow at Harghita-Baths resort
Temperatures dropped to below zero in Harghita County yesterday morning causing the rain to turn into snowfall. The layer of snow scattered by the strong wind at Harghita-Baths resort was three centimeters thick. The lowest temperature in Harghita County, minus 1.4 degrees Celsius, was recorded early Monday at the Bucin weather station. The snowfalls and bad weather took tourists by surprise. “We arrived yesterday and organized an outdoors barbecue and now we don’t know how to protect ourselves from the cold; we’ll be leaving in snowy weather,” a Hungarian tourist who spent the May 1 mini-holiday at the resort stated for Mediafax.
Ponta: As long as adverse weather persists I leave election campaign to others
Premier Victor Ponta said on Monday that he would suspend campaigning for the May 25 European elections in order to travel the country to the areas hit by bad weather and make sure that all the necessary actions are taken. ‘This morning I had a meeting at the Government headquarters with Vice Premiers Gabriel Oprea and Liviu Dragnea, and with the other factors in charge, who have responsibilities in addressing bad weather situations (…) As long as adverse weather persists, I leave the election campaign to others,’ said Victor Ponta, adding that during the day he and Deputy Premier Liviu Dragnea would go to Mehedinti County, severely affected by floods. (…) I won’t be able to travel to all the affected areas and on the other hand, it won’t be necessary for me to personally travel on site to all these areas. I will go to Drobeta-Turnu Severin, because Dolj, Caras, Mehedinti and Gorj is the hardest hit area, just to see if concrete support is required for the next period,’ said the Premier.

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