Flood alerts as thousands left without electricity in Austria

Parts of Austria have been put on flood alert after a third night of storms that has left thousands without electricity in some areas of the country.

Flood alerts as thousands left without electricity in Austria
Fire service raised flood alarm in city of Steyr were warned early Thursday morning. Herbert Ortner/Wikimedia

The fire service alerted residents in the Upper Austrian city of Steyr in the early hours of Thursday morning that the river Enns, which runs through the city centre, was close to bursting its banks.

Car owners rushed to move vehicles parked near the river and shortly after the alarm at 3.45 am most vehicles along the Enns-Kai car parking zone that runs alongside the river had been moved.

Fire services report that the river is currently at 5.05 metres high and if it reaches 5.30 metres then it’s likely it will burst its banks. Whether that happens depends on the level of rain in the coming days.

Other areas have also been warned by fire services about possible flooding, including towns along the Inn and the Danube rivers.

“The situation is a little tense,” fire service commander Wolfgang Kronsteiner told the ORF’s ‘Guten Morgen Österreich’ programme on Thursday morning.

He warned that in the towns of Schärding and Mauthausen the rivers are reaching their limits and that they expect the water “will soon again exceed” the high level point.

Thousands without electricity

Around 5,000 households were left without electricity on Wednesday night after strong winds brought down electricity poles in Carinthia. As late as early Thursday morning, 600 households were still without power.

On Wednesday, firemen began clearing up the damage in a village in the district of Spittal an der Drau that was hit by a large mudslide, causing 30 houses to be evacuated.

Photo: ORF

Fallen trees and flooding also blocked the B109 road between Carinthia and Slovenia last night.

Mudslides caused by heavy rainfall over several days also hit streets in the district of Liezen in Styria last night, as well as blocking the L713 road between Admont and Trieben and the B113 near Selzthal.

In east Styria, hailstones have also destroyed pumpkin and maize crops, with the losses for agriculture estimated to be around €3.3 million.

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35C: Austria to be hit by first heatwave of 2022 over the weekend

Temperatures will rise above 30C in Austria on Saturday and Sunday, with the west of the country expected to see the mercury reach 35C.

35C: Austria to be hit by first heatwave of 2022 over the weekend

Austria will experience its first heatwave of 2022 in the next couple of days, with temperatures set to rise above 35C in the west of the country, according to the country’s meteorological agency ZAMG.

On Friday, temperatures are expected to stay above 25C for most of the day.

In the west, Vorarblerg will already feel the heat at 29C, according to the national weather agency.

Over the course of Friday afternoon, parts of Austria can expect rain and thunderstorms, but otherwise, it will be a sunny Friday across the country.

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Saturday should be sunny and dry in Austria, with temperatures rising to 34C in Tyrol.

The capital Vienna will have a maximum temperature of 29C.

The heatwave will arrive in full blast on Sunday, when parts of the country, especially Salzburg, will experience scorching temperatures of 36C.

In Vienna, people can expect 32C heat during the day. Tyrol, Salzburg, and Upper Austria have maximum temperatures of 35C forecast.

It will also be a sunny and dry Sunday, according to ZAMG.

People in Austria can expect some respite from the heat on Monday as most of the country will experience summer thunderstorms on Monday – even though maximum temperatures will continue to be above 31C.

ZAMG’s weather warning tool

Austria’s meteorologic agency has extreme heat weather warnings in place for at least the next four days.

Here’s a quick summary of the weather over the next few days:

Friday: partly cloudy in the east, rainy in Lower Austria and Styria, and temperatures will reach 29C in the west.

Saturday: mainly clear in most of the country with maximum temperatures from 28C (Western and Eastern Styria) to 34C (Tyrol). Up to 29C in Vienna.

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Sunday: mainly clear in most of the country with minimum temperatures of 12C (in Ennstal and Ausseerland) and maximum temperatures reaching 36C in Salzburg. Vienna will have a maximum of 32C.

Monday: thunderstorms throughout most of the country, except in the south. Minimum temperatures of 15C (in Osttirol) and maximums of 33C (in Burgenland).

Tuesday: partly cloudy in most of the country, but thunderstorms are expected in Salzburg and Tyrol. Maximum temperatures to reach 32C in Vorarlberg and Tyrol.