Snowstorms attacked Estonia. Heavy snowfall left thousands of people without power after branches and trees broke, damaging power lines. According to the services, restoring electricity supplies may take several days. It also turned white in Latvia.
The first heavy snowfall of the season left thousands of people in Estonia without electricity. Due to the continuation of rainfall, further breakdowns and disruptions on the roads are expected, the BNS news agency reported on Tuesday.
The greatest problems with access to electricity were recorded in south-eastern Estonia, in the center of the country and in the north near the capital Tallinn. On Tuesday morning, over five thousand people reported problems with access to electricity.
Estonia. Power outage after snow storm
Because of the increasing storm many trees and branches were broken, causing disruptions in the power supply.
– We are creating additional brigades to help existing teams repair defects. Our control center is also working with an increased number of employees. However, as the snowstorm continues, we must be prepared for more problems, said Mihkel Harm, chairman of the board of Elektrilevi, the state-owned company responsible for electricity distribution in Estonia. – Based on our experience dealing with previous snowstorm-related outages, we can estimate that approximately half of affected customers will have power restored within 12 hours. However, the removal of faults that appear today may take until late Thursday evening. We will be able to provide more accurate predictions later in the day, when the situation stabilizes and the snowfall stops, Harm pointed out.
Information about power supply problems in Estonia is reported via a special application.
Due to the road being buried, a several-kilometer queue was formed on the highway connecting Tallinn with Narva in the east of the country. Emergency services managed to clear the road around midnight.
White also in Latvia
Winter weather also reached Latvia. Traveling on the streets of Riga and other regions of the country was difficult on Tuesday.
According to Lina Bagdone from the Latvian police, over 40 accidents were reported on Tuesday morning and three people were injured. – This number is slightly higher than when the weather is good – she added, quoted by local media.
There were also difficulties in public transport. In Riga, employees were instructed to work remotely.
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