6 dead, 30 injured as fierce storm hits western Romania

AP News
Posted: Sep 17, 2017 2:51 PM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Six people died and at least 30 were injured during a violent storm Sunday in western Romania that produced winds of up to 100 kilometers (60 miles) an hour, authorities said.

One person died in the city of Timisoara after he was hit by a billboard, while a woman was killed by a falling tree, Elena Megherea, a General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations spokeswoman in Timis County, said.

Two more people, one of whom was hit by a tree, died in the western town of Buzias. After the storm moved north, a 50-year-old man died in the northwest city of Bistrita after he was hit by a branch during a walk in the park, emergency situation officials said.

Timisoara Mayor Nicolae Robu said the storm tore off roofs and overturned trucks.

Elena Tarla, an Emergency Situations spokeswoman for Caras-Severin County, says the storm ripped out trees and downed power lines. She says many homes were without electricity.

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.

Officials warned residents to stay at home or take shelter, to remove appliances from sockets, and to stay away from power transmission towers.

Sunday's storm followed days of high temperatures.