Hungary - Heavy storm hits Budapest

Hungary - Heavy storm hits Budapest
Hungary - Heavy storm hits Budapest

In a short time, emergency services were raised on alert in almost 50 districts of Budapest and its environs as a result of a strong storm that came on Monday morning. Several lines of the Budapest Public Transport Company (BKK) had to be canceled. Meanwhile, a significant flood wave on the Danube is expected to reach Hungary around Tuesday or Wednesday.

A violent storm hit the Hungarian capital early Monday morning. Emergency services were alerted to broken branches, flooded basements and garages. Several lines of the Budapest Public Transport Company (BKK) are currently out of service, including trams No. 4 and 6 on the Grand Boulevard (Nagykörút), one of the most central and busiest parts of Budapest.

In addition, numerous traffic lights do not work, the underpass at Nyugati Square was flooded, and the lighting was also turned off there. Several trains going to Budapest and back run with a delay of 10-20 minutes. As a result of the hurricane on the eve, eight buildings were damaged, in 43 cases basements and basements were flooded.

With the exception of Hajdu-Bihar and Szabolcs-Shatmar-Bereg counties, the hurricane affected all regions of Hungary. In Yoshwafe municipality in Borsod district, the Baradla River overflowed its banks, forcing local residents, together with the fire department, to install 5,000 sandbags.

The Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ) announced a grade 1 yellow hazard on Monday due to severe weather, but cloud cover has resulted in a grade 2 orange hazard in most counties in the country.

While in Western Europe the level of most rivers is already receding, a huge flood wave is approaching Hungary along the Danube. According to the forecast, it could reach the country around Tuesday or Wednesday. While the Danube level at Komarom and Esztergom is of the first degree of readiness, it can reach the second degree at Nagybaich, where the readiness of the first degree exists until further notice.

In the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, the water level has risen by one meter per day, where readiness of the first degree is currently in effect. Events over the next few days will be determined mainly by weather conditions in Austria.

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