Freak storms cause damage in Carinthia
The Local · 16 Jul 2015, 10:31
Published: 16 Jul 2015 10:31 GMT+02:00
- Fierce storms cause havoc across Austria (09 Jul 15)
In the Villach and St. Veit areas substantial damage was caused by the storm, with fallen trees blocking roads. The hailstorms were slightly smaller than last week’s but still big enough to cause damage.
Firefighter crews were called out to around 200 locations in the province to clear fallen trees and flooded cellars - around half of those in the capital, Klagenfurt.
In Gegendtal several cars were buried under fallen trees. An entire forest clearing was uprooted close to the Kastral Landstrasse (L38). One 47-year-old woman who was caught in the storm and parked her car at the side of the road was lucky to escape uninjured after several trees fell on her vehicle.
A family of four who were driving towards Puch were also hit by fallen trees but were not injured. The L38 road was later closed to traffic to avoid any accidents.
Power lines were downed by falling trees around the village of Kras. The roof of an apartment building in Maria Saal was struck by lightning and caught fire. Firefighters said that all 11 residents were evacuated to safety and the fire was extinguished within half an hour.