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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…)