Czechia hit by strong storms. River levels could rise, meteorologists warn

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“In the Czech Republic and in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, severe thunderstorms will occasionally occur in the afternoon and evening, accompanied mainly by torrential rainfall with totals of around 45 mm,” warned the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. “Locally, torrential rain is expected with a unique distribution of small streams, flooding of underpasses, underpasses, cellars, etc. Wind gusts can break tree branches. Lightning can be a danger, and to a lesser extent hail and gusts of wind, ”he adds.

Shortly after noon, the CHMI clarified its warning. He even declared a high degree of danger in the Moravian-Silesian and Olomouc regions. “In some places, we expect heavy rain with a total of over 40 millimeters in six hours or a total of 60 to 90 millimeters,” experts explain. According to them, this can lead to flooding of roads and their clogging with dirt, worsened drainage of water through sewers and, in extreme cases, to waterlogging and subsequent landslides and reduced stability of trees.

According to meteorologists, people should pay particular attention to the danger of lightning strikes and falling branches or trees. “When driving in a storm, people should reduce their speed and drive very carefully,” adds CHMI.

Danger of floods

The storms could continue in the coming days. In the outlook for the period from Monday to Wednesday, meteorologists expect “in some places heavy rain with a total of up to 60 millimeters, occasionally even more.”

In connection with heavy rain, the levels of especially smaller streams may rise, especially in the south of Bohemia, in the areas of the Bohemian Forest, the Šumava Mountains, the Novohradské Mountains and the south of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. From Monday, river levels in the Moravian-Silesian and Olomouc regions may rise. According to the CHMI, in the Jeseníky and Beskydy Mountains they could rise to the second flood stage.

Fire warning

However, a fire warning still applies in most areas. Meteorologists recalled it only in the northwestern half of Bohemia. “As a result of the drought, there is a risk of fires and consequent damage, or even life-threatening,” experts say, advising “not to start a fire in nature and especially in forests, not to burn grass, throw cigarette butts, do not use portable stoves and other sources of open flame.” .

The reason is the heat and drought that prevailed in the Czech Republic in the previous days. Even on Sunday, according to meteorologists, temperatures rise to 31 degrees Celsius.

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