8 dead, dozens injured as fierce storm strikes western Romania

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Cornel Putan/ AP FILE Emergency situation employees stand beside a fallen tree in Timisoara, Romania, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, following a lethal storm that affects the west part of the country. Authorities state 6 people have passed away and at least 30 were hurt during a storm in western Romania that produced winds of approximately 100 kilometers (60 miles) an hour.

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017|12:56 p.m.

BUCHAREST, Romania– A violent storm in Romania that produced winds of as much as 100 kilometers (60 miles) an hour left a minimum of eight individuals dead and dozens more injured Sunday, authorities stated.

Among the earliest reported deaths was a male who passed away in the city of Timisoara after he was struck by a signboard, while a woman was eliminated by a falling tree, Elena Megherea, a General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations spokesperson in Timis County, said.

Two more individuals, one of whom was hit by a tree, passed away in the western town of Buzias. After the storm moved north, a 50-year-old male died in the northwest city of Bistrita after he was struck by a branch during a walk in the park, emergency circumstance officials stated.

The country’s Inspectorate for Emergency Situations more than doubled the number of individuals hurt to 67 on Sunday night. It stated the storm tore roofs off schools, health centers and homes, rooted out trees and harmed automobiles.

Elena Tarla, an Emergency situation Situations spokesperson for Caras-Severin County, says the storm removed trees and downed power lines. She states numerous homes lacked electrical energy.

Mihai Grecu, head of the emergency department at Timis County Healthcare facility, informed national news agency Agerpres that 30 individuals were getting treatment for injuries from flying objects.

Authorities warned citizens to remain at house or take shelter, to eliminate appliances from sockets, and to keep away from power transmission towers.

Sunday’s storm followed days of high temperatures.

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