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Tatra Mountains. The wind ripped off the roof of the iconic shelter. The damage is extensive

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Strong wind tore off a fragment of the roof of a shelter in the Valley of Five Polish Ponds. The incident took place on the night from Sunday to Monday. As the Tatra National Park warns, conditions in the mountains are difficult for tourists.

On Monday in Tatra Mountains hurricane winds are blowing. Around 10 a.m., gusts reaching 126 kilometers per hour were recorded at the top of Kasprowy Wierch. They apply in the Tatra County IMWM warnings against strong winds.

“Winter is not kind to us”

On the night from Sunday to Monday, the wind ripped off a fragment of the roof of the shelter in the Valley of Five Polish Ponds. Photos of the damaged building appeared on social media. “Once again, winter is not kind to us… this time the wind attacked us. The damage is considerable,” said the shelter’s guardians.

Strong winds also suspended the cable car to Kasprowy Wierch and the chairlifts in the Goryczkowa and Gąsienicowa Valleys. As Tomasz Zając from the Tatra National Park said, due to snowfall and strong winds, the avalanche danger is expected to increase from the second to the third degree.

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– Hurricane winds blow only in the peak parts of the Tatra Mountains, while in Zakopane it’s quite calm. At night, gusts of up to 40 km/h were recorded, and on Monday before noon up to 30 km/h – added Zając.

The Tatra National Park announced on Monday that there are very difficult conditions for tourism in the Tatra Mountains. In addition to strong winds, slippery trails and poor visibility pose a significant challenge. The snow on the trails is hard and frozen in the higher parts of the Tatra Mountains, and heavy and wet elsewhere. In addition to ice, there is also standing water and slush on the lower trails – it is very wet.

PAP, TPN, Five Ponds Shelter

Main photo source: Five Ponds@Facebook

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