Falling trees killed five people in Austria in two separate incidents on Thursday, as storms reached the Alpine country in the afternoon.
Authorities revealed that storms that battered the Mediterranean Sea’s northern shores earlier in the day made their way to Austria, causing trees to fall down.
Police said two girls, 4 and 8, died when trees on the edge of a lake near the town of St Andrae in southern Austria, close to the border with Slovenia, collapsed.
Some wild storms today here where i live 👀
We were lucky to find shelter, during our hike. Wind speeds up to 139km/h were recorded, 5 people killed by falling trees pic.twitter.com/oasc3kdgME
— KonteDraco (@KonteDraco) August 18, 2022
The heavy storm with gusts of more than 100 km appears to have surprised bathers cooling off at the lake on a hot day, despite two people having been killed in Italy earlier in the day when storms felled trees there.
Furthermore, they led to power outages that forced Austria’s national rail company OBB to halt all train services in much of the southern provinces of Styria and Carinthia, which border Slovenia and Italy, according to OBB’s statement.
Also, many roads in Styria and Carinthia were also closed. A police spokesman noted that three people were also killed by a falling tree in the area of the town of Gaming in Lower Austria, the province that surrounds Vienna.
Nevertheless, he said it was unclear whether the tree was felled by lightning or strong winds.