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Fierce western Romania windstorm kills five, injures at least 30

Fierce western Romania windstorm kills five, injures at least 30”

Emergency workers stand around a vehicle that was destroyed by a traffic sign blown over by heavy winds, in Timisoara, Romania, during a violent storm on September 17, 2017.

Ferocious winds have peeled off a giant sheet of roofing from a multi-storey apartment building and blown it away like a piece of paper as a deadly storm batters Romania.

With gusts that reached almost 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour, the storm pounded the area around the western city of Timisoara before heading north toward Ukraine.

A storm packing powerful winds ripped off roofs and toppled trees in Romania last night, killing eight people and injuring dozens more, authorities and witnesses said. One man was hit by a falling tree, another by a billboard. In Timisoara, a woman died after being hit by the branches of a tree at the city zoo. She says many homes were without electricity. Roofs were damaged on hospitals, schools and apartment buildings, and dozens of towns and villages were left without electricity.

The storm, bearing winds of 100 kilometers an hour, also caused property destruction in neighboring Serbia, and in Croatia.

Mihai Grecu, head of the emergency department at Timis County Hospital, told national news agency Agerpres that 30 people were receiving treatment for injuries from flying objects.

Romania's emergency services urged people to shelter indoors and avoid going near trees or power lines.

The storm followed several days of high temperatures.



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