Almost 40,000 customers reported power outages after strong winds and rain hit Lithuania on Thursday evening. Around 3,000 households were still without electricity on Friday morning.
The highest number of outages was registered in the districts of Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Panevėžys, and Kaunas, according to the electricity and natural gas distributor, ESO.
Lithuanian firefighters were also called 87 times last night to remove trees and their branches broken by strong winds. Three of the trees fell on cars.
According to the Fire and Rescue Department, trees fell on parked cars in Kaunas and Kėdainiai, while one tree hit a moving vehicle in a northern Lithuanian town of Biržai. People were not injured in the incident.
Klaipėda’s port also restricted shipping on Thursday evening due to strong winds. Restrictions were still in place on Friday morning.
“Currently, four ships cannot leave the port due to poor weather conditions. Four other ships cannot enter the port,” said Ignė Rotautaitė-Pukenė, a representative of the Port of Klaipėda.
On Thursday night, gusts of wind reached 28 metres per second in Klaipėda. On Friday morning, gusts of 24 metres per second were recorded. The height of the waves in the sea has stayed around five meters throughout the night.
The Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service forecasts that the windy conditions will continue on Friday.