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May 16, 2022

Snowfalls, gales, and blizzards in several mountainous areas

Although spring has arrived in most areas of the country, winter seems intent on staying in some regions of Romania.
The Tihuta Pass in Bistrita-Nasaud experienced snowfalls and blizzards throughout the night. Road workers were forced to intervene by pouring fifty tons of anti-skid material and traffic was slow. Likewise, traffic was slow late Sunday on all national roads crossing over high-altitude areas in Harghita County due to snowfall and blizzard. Snowfalls had stopped yesterday, but high-intensity wind continued to blow. Sunday afternoon, the National Meteorology Administration issued Yellow Code weather alerts for strong wind that could reach up to 80 or 90 kilometers/hour in speed for multiple counties in Transylvania, including Harghita.
As a result, over 600 consumers in three localities from Harghita were left without electricity yesterday, after the supply networks were damaged by snowfalls and strong wind. In the Harghita-Baths resort, the snow is 30-centimeters high. Alina Ciobotariu, spokeswoman for the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU) of Harghita, stated that parts of the following localities have no electricity because the supply network cables were torn by gales and snowfalls: Sicasau, Varsag, and Liban. Approximately 400 households in Alba and multiple localities in the Apuseni Mountains and Sebesului Valley also had no access to electricity due to damaged electricity supply networks as a result of gales.

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