Two people died over the weekend in storms in Bulgaria and Romania, which caused downed trees and power outages on the Black Sea coast.
A woman was crushed by a tree
On Saturday evening, a 43-year-old woman was crushed to death by a tree in the eastern city of Varna, Bulgarian police announced. Two rescuers were also injured when broken branches fell on them.
A 65-year-old driver was killed in Sofia when a tree fell on the car he was in. His wife was hospitalized in serious condition.
Strong wind and high waves on the Black Sea
Although the weather situation in the capital is calming down today, eastern Bulgaria is still exposed to strong winds, which blow at a speed of more than 100 km/h, and rough seas, with waves of more than five meters.
The coastal city of Varna declared a state of emergency, as did eight other towns in the region, and residents were asked to stay at home.
Snow chaos also reigns in the northeast of the country, from where the police received dozens of calls from drivers in trouble. Air and rail traffic were suspended.
Chaos in Romania too
The same storm hit neighboring Romania. There, the Black Sea ports are closed for navigation.
The Meteorological Service issued the highest, red warning for the provinces of Constanta and Tulcea. There, tens of thousands of homes remained without electricity, and firefighters removed 140 trees that fell on the road. About forty vehicles were also damaged.
Tens of thousands of homes were left without electricity there, and firefighters removed 140 trees that fell on the road. About forty vehicles were also damaged.