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Cyclone Ulf. 12 on the Beaufort scale, waves up to 11 meters. A crisis management team has been convened in Pomerania

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Strong winds of up to 125 kilometers per hour are forecast on Friday and Saturday in coastal districts. As the authorities of the Pomeranian Voivodeship remind, such strong gusts pose a threat to people and infrastructure. Waves in the Baltic Sea can reach up to 11 meters in height.

Strong gusts of wind are forecast across the country overnight from Friday to Saturday. Red alerts have been issued in the northern part of the Pomeranian and Zachodniopomorskie voivodeships IMGW, and in the coastal zone the wind will blow at speeds up to 125 kilometers per hour. Synoptics indicate that the strongest gusts of wind will occur on the night from Friday to Saturday and on Saturday morning.

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Risk of significant damage

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Director of the Security and Crisis Management Department of the Pomeranian Voivodeship Office, Zbigniew Kmiecik, pointed out that the wind blowing at such a speed poses a threat to people. – There is a risk of damaging buildings, breaking roofs or power lines – he explained. He also pointed out that there may also be damage to the tree stand and significant difficulties in communication due to tree branches falling on the roads. “With such a wind, there may be backwater in the Baltic Sea and raised water levels in rivers,” added Kmiecik.

According to the scale published by the IMGW, trees are uprooted with the wind blowing at a speed of 89 to 102 km/h. When the wind reaches speeds of 103 to 117 km/h there is a threat to life and extensive damage is to be expected. On the other hand, wind blowing at speeds above 118 km/h causes destruction and havoc as well as fatal accidents.

The head of the Security and Crisis Management Department assured that all services of the Pomeranian Voivode are on full alert. – We have our own procedures, a number of actions have been taken, a crisis management team was convened today at noon. Notices have been sent to all counties. Radio communication has been checked.

He added that functionaries in starosties must remain in constant contact with the Provincial Crisis Management Center during the storm. “Policemen and firefighters are on high alert,” he said.

IN Gdansk a crisis management warehouse with appropriate equipment and devices is prepared, as well as materials such as tarpaulins to protect damaged roofs.

He also appealed to residents not to leave their homes during the storm and to secure small items. – It is also worth remembering about cars, so as not to park them next to scaffolding, construction sites or under trees – emphasized the director.

Wind speed and force – as we define themPAP/Adam Ziemienowicz

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Dangerous in the Baltic Sea

Winds of force 11 and 12 on the Beaufort scale are also forecast in the Baltic Sea. – This means that the wind will blow at a speed of 28 to over 30 meters per second [czyli od 100 do 108 km/h – przyp. red.] – explained the spokesman of the Maritime Search and Rescue Service Rafał Goeck. – The waves can reach from 10 to 11 meters in height, the maximum deviation up to 16 meters, but then the wind would have to blow non-stop with the forecast force for more than three or four days – he explained.

He emphasized that in the Baltic Sea the wind had been blowing with such force many times, including 30 years ago, when the ferry Jan Heweliusz crashed.

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