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Storms cut the power in 150 localities of south-eastern Romania

Reactor shuts down at Cernavoda NPP, because of storm.

In the counties of Constanta, Tulcea, Calarasi and Ialomita, almost 150 localities were without electricity Monday, after violent storms damaged power lines in south-eastern Romania. According to officials of Enel Distributie Dobrogea, wind gusts cut dozens of high and medium voltage lines, and hundreds of substations, mostly in the counties of Constanta and Tulcea. Repair teams intervened during the night and in the early hours of the morning to fix part of the damages, in accessible areas, but almost 150 localities were still left without electricity.In the Calarasi and Ialomita counties, electricity supply was interrupted in 10 localities. One of the two operational nuclear reactors of the Cernavoda NPP shut itself on Sunday night, because of the storm. “The situation is being analysed and the operations in view of restarting it are under way. We estimate it will be restarted in the morning of Thursday, December 6,” Nuclearelectrica, the operator of the power plant announces in a press release.

Heavy rain flooded the Unesco Cultural Centre ‘Ionel Perlea’ of Slobozia, a kindergarten and several apartments in the same town, while at Urziceni a hotel had its basement flooded. Monday morning.Two national roads were blocked, yesterday morning, in Braila County, after the violent storm fell or uprooted several trees. Problems also affected traffic on several national roads in Constanta County, and several localities were left without running water.Also Sunday night, a number of automobiles were damaged by trees felled in storm, in the town of Constanta and throughout the homonymous county. Wind was so strong that it took away even some roofs, forcing the emergency crews of the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations to respond to dozens of calls all night long.All Black Sea ports were closed Sunday night because of storm, starting midnight, and barge traffic was restricted through the Danube-Black Sea Canal, through the Agigea lock to the river port of Constanta Sud.In Harghita County, road traffic was hampered yesterday by a 3 cm thick snow layer covering the roads.Weather services yesterday issued code orange wind warnings for Dobrogea and code yellow rain warnings for Muntenia and Moldavia, as wind speed might reach 90 km/h in some areas.

Winter is coming

According to the ANM forecast for the next two weeks, temperatures will drop under the freezing point, with highs around -2 degrees Celsius. Precipitations will remain generally weak, mostly as sleet and snow. Starting Tuesday, weather becomes colder, with snow conditions in western regions. Wednesday will bring snow in the west, center and north, mixed precipitations in Muntenia and Moldavia, and rain in Dobrogea.  Bucharest too will see some sleet.

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