STA, 7 July 2020 - Storms raged across swathes of Slovenia last night as fierce winds uprooted trees and unroofed buildings and heavy rain flooded premises and roads in particular in central and eastern parts of the country.
Firefighters were busy throughout the night, including in Ljubljana, where the railway underpasses in Celovška and Drenikova streets and Šentvid were flooded, leaving three cars stranded in Šentvid.
According to the duty meteorologist at the notification centre of the Civil Protection and Disaster Relief Administration, the Ljubljana Bežigrad weather monitoring station recorded 28.84 millimetre of rain per half an hour and winds gusting at speeds of up to 90 kilometres an hour. The Moste station recorded 23.5 millimetre of rain per half an hour.
Almost as high rates were measured at the monitoring stations in Logarska Dolina in the north of the country and Sora Suha in the north-west.
Flash floods disrupted traffic not only in Ljubljana but also in several other areas, with reports of floods closing down roads in the north-east of the country.
The winds ripped off the roofing and toppled trees on cars in several communities across the country, there have been reports of landslides and flooded premises, including at a police station and the Slovenj Gradec hospital.
A lightning struck a house in the Slovenj Gradec municipality, uncovering the roof. Despite some smoke there was no fire.