Sofia Hardest Hit by Hurricane WindsSofia Hardest Hit by Hurricane Winds
Strong southern winds that have been advancing in Bulgaria the whole of Wednesday have left a large number of towns and villages without electricity and caused many damages.
The Disaster and Accidents Ministry reported its special units have received more than 70 signals for damages all over the country.
The most signals were received in the capital Sofia, where civil defence units worked all day to remove fallen branches, trees, roof plates and dangerous billboards from the streets.
The Black Sea port Burgas is closed because of the strong winds, which were on the verge of hurricane in the eastern town Dobrich - 22 m/s. The winds are expected to reach hurricane power, meteorologists said. At some places winds may reach 80 km/h.
More than 150 rescuers participated in the repair works. Luckily the strong wind has not taken any victims yet, except some minor injuries.
Dozen of villages were left in the dark. The wind keeps on tearing off wires and there is little servicemen can do, because circuit-breakers go off automatically when the winds are strong.
In January 2007 temperatures in Bulgaria have reached record high degrees, keeping the mercury around 15-20 degrees, which highest for the last hundred years.