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Tornados in Poland? Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Calendar, Countries, Current News, Geography

People sometimes ask me: “Do tornados happen in Poland?”

Not often, but they do.

One person was killed and 10 others were injured when a wave of tornadoes ripped through northern Poland, Polish media reported last Sunday.

The hardest hit localities were in the Baltic region of Pomerania and two neighbouring provinces.

Throughout the affected regions, trees were uprooted (drzewa były wyrwane z korzeniami), buildings damaged and power lines downed (budynki zostały zniszczone i linie energetyczne strącone), and 400 hectares of woodlands (lasy) in the Tuchola Forest area were flattened (spłaszczone).

Some 1,200 rescuers have been working round the clock to remove fallen trees, unblock roads and restore utilities.

The only known fatality was a sixty-year-old man crushed to death by a collapsing building in the village of Wycinki.

Meteorologists have categorised the storm (sztorm, huragan, burza) as a class two tornado (tornado, cyklon) with wind velocity of up to 200 kilometres per hour, Polish TVN24 news channel reported.

Hailstorms, gales, cloudbursts and flash floods have hit Poland since the start of July.

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew up in Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.