Wind and Heavy Snowfall Leave Thousands of Czech Households Without Power

The Czech Republic was hit by strong winds and heavy snowfall on Friday, which caused power outages for almost 100,000 households. The outages were mainly caused by fallen trees and branches that damaged high and low voltage systems. CEZ reported over 130 defects on high-voltage networks and around 70,000 clients without electricity, with the most adverse situation in Moravia-Silesia and the Central Bohemia Region.

Energy utility crews were having difficulties repairing the grid due to the wind and snow, but they were trying to resume supply as quickly as possible. The EG.D distributor, a part of the E.ON group, reported around 70 high-voltage defects and over 20,000 clients without electricity, mainly in the southern parts of Moravia and Bohemia.

The adverse weather also paralyzed road and rail traffic and caused damage to zoological gardens, leading to closures in Ostrava and Liberec. A young Przewalski horse was also killed by a fallen tree in Liberec. Meteorologists predict that the wind gusts and black ice will gradually subside.
Article by Prague Forum

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