Europe: Very dangerous weather – ESTOFEX Storm Forecast: LEVEL 3! for parts of POLAND and W BELARUS Damaging wind gusts, large and very hail, excessive precipitation and SIGNIFICANT TORNADO EVENT. – Published 190715 1216z

Storm Forecast

Storm Forecast
Valid: Sun 19 Jul 2015 06:00 to Mon 20 Jul 2015 06:00 UTC
Issued: Sun 19 Jul 2015 00:01
Forecaster: TASZAREK

A level 3 was issued for parts of Poland and W Belarus mainly for the damaging wind gusts, large and very hail, excessive precipitation and significant tornado event.

A level 2 was issued for parts of Germany, Poland, Belarus, NW Ukraine and N Czech Republic mainly for the severe wind gusts, large hail, tornadoes and excessive precipitation.

A level 1 was issued for parts of S Finland and parts of Russia mainly for the large hail and severe wind gusts.

A level 1 was issued for parts of UK, Netherlands, S Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, N Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, W Hungary, Belarus and NW Ukraine mainly for the large hail, severe wind gusts and excessive precipitation.

A level 1 was issued for NE Spain mainly for the large hail and excessive precipitation.


Most of the Central, SW, S and SE Europe is covered with highly unstable warm and moist tropical air mass with dew points up to 20C. A ridge extending from Azores up to Iberian Peninsula inhibits convection in this region. Strong capping inversions are also present in the Apennine and most of the Balkan Peninsula. Weakening high is places over Black Sea while the numerous troughs are located over British Isles, Scandinavia and N Russia. Jet streak separating polar and tropical air mass is stretching from the N Atlantic trough England, N Germany and Poland up to Russia. Within this jet, a short-wave with thermal low is predicted to provide a good overlap of instability, moisture, lift and wind shear over parts of Germany, Poland and Belarus.


…Germany, Poland, Belarus, NW Ukraine…

Particularly severe weather is expected in the afternoon hours within the shortwave that will pass these countries in the forecast period and provide the great source of lifting mechanism. An overlap of SB CAPE exceeding 1000-2000 J/kg and DLS over 20-25 m/s in the large area extending from central Germany up to Poland is expected to produce widespread severe weather. Around noon, convection should start over Germany and most likely in the form of the supercell thunderstorms produce damaging wind gusts and large to very large hail. An increased 0-1km SRH over 100 m2/s2 and LLS exceeding 10 m/s cannot rule out tornado occurrence within these cells. In the afternoon hours CI should also take place in W Poland. Since these cells will form in the highly unstable (1500-2000 J/kg) and strongly sheared environment (DLS ~ 25 m/s, MLS ~ 20 m/s, LLS ~ 15 m/s, 0-3km SRH up to 300 m2/s2) with the support of the QG lift, an organized squall line is likely to form. It is likely that such a squall line will contain bow echos and the wind gusts within these may exceed 33 m/s. The transformation into derecho cannot be ruled out. Level 3 denote the area where according to the current understanding and NWP data the movement of this line is the most probable. However, models are not consistent with the direction of the MCS movement, some of them predicts propagation of the squall line to the Belarus, while some of them shifts the system more to the warm air mass. It is possible that an early-hours convection that will pass through N Poland may provide conditions more conducive for MCS turning more to the S. Due to these uncertainties, both scenarios are partially included in the level 3 area. Although the main threat are damaging wind gusts, conditions in the late afternoon hours (when the relative humidity will drop and thus the LCL) will be conducive for tornadoes, especially in the E Poland. An impressive overlap of 0-1km SRH ~ 400 m2/s2 with LLS ~ 12.5 m/s and CAPE ~ 1000 J/kg may result in a significant tornado event if isolated or embedded supercells will be present. These may be possible in the southern flank of the squall line. Within these storms very large hail is also possible. It is predicted that the MCS will enter Belarus and parts of Ukraine in the late evening hours and weaken, but still will be capable of producing severe wind gusts. If derecho will form, the system may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts also in the late evening hours, therefore level 3 is also extended to the parts of Belarus further east. Extreme values of PW (40-45 mm) may also result in a large precipitation amounts on the track of the MCS.

…parts of UK, Denmark, Netherlands, N Germany, Baltic Sea…

Although models predicts very large DLS over these areas (25-30 m/s) they are not as consistent with thermodynamic instability. Thunderstorms that will form within the short-wave may become supercells and create threat for the large hail and severe wind gusts. However, due to limited thermodynamic instability, limited boundary layers moisture content and rather low-topped convection, such a threat deserves only level 1.

…Germany, Switzerland, N Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, W Hungary, Belarus and NW Ukraine…

Locally enhanced DLS up to 15 m/s with CAPE up to 2000-2500 J/kg and rich boundary layer’s moisture (mixing ratio up to 12-13 g/kg) create threat for multicell and supercell thunderstorms where severe wind gusts and large hail are likely. DMC is forecast to start around noon and the storms should weaken in the late evening hours. In the areas where the storm motion is predicted to be very low (DLS below 10 m/s) excessive precipitation and local flash flooding cannot be ruled out, especially in the NW parts of the Italy.

…S Finland, parts of Russia…

Favorable overlap of DLS around 20 m/s and CAPE up to 400-600 J/kg create threat for supercell thunderstorms and thus severe wind gusts and large hail. Uncertainty related to CI, low thermodynamic instability, limited boundary layer’s moisture content and narrow zone where the CAPE overlaps with the favorable shear makes the threat marginal. The highest threat for the occurrence of severe weather falls on the early afternoon hours.

…NE Spain…

Low-level inflow of impressive rich boundary layer’s moisture content (mixing ratios up to 16-18 g/kg) overlapping with steep lapse rates (~ 7 C/km) locally will enhance CAPE values to 2000-2500 J/kg. If thunderstorms will be able to get through the cap, they may be capable of producing large hail. Since the storm motion in this area is predicted to be very low, given the high moisture content excessive precipitation cannot be ruled out.


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Mesoscale Discussion

Mesoscale Discussion
Valid: Sun 19 Jul 2015 11:00 to Sun 19 Jul 2015 14:00 UTC
Issued: Sun 19 Jul 2015 11:51

At 11 UTC a warm front was located along a line from near Leipzig to Poznan to Warsaw. An MCS / area of convective rain over NE Germany has created an outflow boundary that stretches from Berlin to Leipzig.

Along the warm front distinct surface convergence is taking place and low-level humidity is rather high with 18-21 C observed dew points. With 26-30 C surface temperatures, around 1000 – 1500 J/kg of MLCAPE should already be in place.

The Bayreuth, Lindenberg and Doksany profilers and Poznan radar confirm that 20-25 m/s WSW winds are in place at 3-4 km AGL, implying that strong to very strong wind shear is present.

Storms, probably elevated have formed in the Leipzig area and further south across the Czech Republic. It is expected that these storms will move eastward and become surface based. It is possible that storms will rather rapidly develop into a squall-line and that the wind risk will increase rather quickly.

In addition, more storms may form further to the east along the warm front after 13 UTC. Any isolated storms that manage to form will quickly turn into powerful supercells with a risk of large hail and severe wind gusts.

The high (about 300 m2/s2) SREH and anticipated strengthening low-level shear that is in place along and slightly to the north of the warm front suggests that tornadoes cannot be ruled out. However, in most places, the LCL height is rather high for tornadoes with T/Td spreads around 10 C, limiting this risk. An exception is a small area along the warm front where prior rainfall occurrs before the arrival of storms, cooling and moistening the boundary layer.


Europe: Very dangerous weather – ESTOFEX Storm Forecast: LEVEL 3! for NW France & BENELUX for very large hail, damaging wind gusts, tornadoes & excessive precipitation – Published 080614 2310z


ESTOFEX Storm Forecast

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Storm Forecast
Valid: Mon 09 Jun 2014 06:00 to Tue 10 Jun 2014 06:00 UTC
Issued: Sun 08 Jun 2014 22:31
Forecaster: PUCIK

A level 3 was issued for NW France and BENELUX for very large hail, damaging wind gusts, tornadoes and excessive precipitation.

A level 2 was issued for much of France and NW Germany mainly for very large hail and damaging wind gusts.

A level 1 was issued for England mainly for severe wind gusts and large hail.

A level 1 was issued for E Germany and Poland mainly for large hail and severe wind gusts.

A level 1 was issued for parts of Russia and Ukraine mainly for large hail and severe wind gusts.


In between of the deep low over the Atlantic and the ridge over Central Europe, strong southerly to southwesterly flow will advect hot airmass characterised by steep mid-level lapse rates from N Africa towards France, Germany and then around the ridge towards Poland. Potentially dangerous situation will evolve over France, BENELUX and NW Germany just ahead of the diffuse, wavy frontal boundary that will remain quasistationary close to French coastline during the most of the day. Another low will slowly dig SE-wards across NW Russia. Moderate to strong NW-ly flow is simulated at its southwestern flank. With prevailing low geopotentials over much of Eastern Europe, so scattered DMC is expected also there, albeit severe threat will be smaller than in case of France / BENELUX.


… France towards BENELUX and NW Germany …

Very dangerous setup will develop over the region by the late afternoon hours. With pronounced overlap of low-level moisture and steep mid-tropospheric lapse rates, models agree on the development of high to extreme CAPE values, with Central France towards BENELUX and NW Germany having the highest odds of seeing 3000 J/kg of MLCAPE by the late evening. As 500 hPa winds between 15 to 25 m/s overlap with backed low-level flow thanks to the presence of the surface trough, strong DLS (20-25 m/s) is forecast. By the late evening, with the enhancement of the low-level wind field with deepening trough, SREH values will increase especially over NW France / BENELUX (with values over 300 m2/s2 possible). Such setup will be very conducive for intense supercells / bow-echoes, capable of very large hail and damaging wind gusts. Towards the evening (beyond 18 UTC), as LLS strengthens, tornadoes will become a threat as well, especially if isolated supercells manage to persist into this time frame.

However, models do not simulate any pronounced QG forcing to rapidly reduce CIN. This will, on one hand, allow for CAPE to build-up steadily towards the late afternoon. On the other hand, it is highly questionable how many storms will initiate and where exactly. There is considerable disagreement by individual models. Overnight / morning convection, along with the outflow boundaries laid by these may be crucial in this setup. Current thinking is, that the foci for late afternoon initiation will be NW France, along the surface convergence zone, with storms spreading into BENELUX. It is likely that these storms will be isolated supercells at first, with subsequent clustering resulting in a fast forward propagating bow-echo. Towards the night, Southern to Central France may see convective initiation, with another possiblity of MCS travelling north towards N France.

Level 3 was introduced for the region, where the highest probability of high storm coverage is forecast and where high density of extremely severe events is most likely. With that in mind, any spot in the Level 2 may see extremely severe storms in these highly favourable conditions, provided storms can initiate.

… England …

Models show that somewhat warmer, moist airmass should advect over E England as the wave in the frontal boundary propagates towards northwest. However, edge of the EML plume should remain to the east, so that MLCAPE values will stay on the order of hundreds of J/kg. As strong flow ovespreads the region, over 25 m/s of DLS is forecast. All models agree on initiation along the lifting warm wave of the boundary. There will be a potential for isolated supercell development, which would be capable of large hail and severe wind gusts. However, lack of steep mid-level lapse rates may limit the hail threat, so that a high-end Lvl 1 instead of Lvl 2 is issued.

… Poland …

As EML is advected around the ridge towards east, overlap with modest low-level moisture will contribute to the development of moderate instability, with MLCAPE values above 1000 J/kg. Vertical wind shear should be moderate, between 10 to 15 m/s of bulk shear in the 0-6 km layer, increasing NEwards to between 14 and 20 m/s. Some strong multicells (or perhaps even brief supercells) may initiate along the ill-defined warm front with attendant threats of large hail and severe wind gusts.

… Russia …

With the progressing cut-off low, a plume of steep lapse rates will be pushed southeastwards, but still, the extreme eastern part of the forecast area may see some stronger multicells capable of large hail and/or severe wind gusts. Wind shear should be weak to moderate, perhaps limiting the supercell threat (and very large hail risk).

Mesoscale Discussion

Mesoscale Discussion
Valid: Mon 09 Jun 2014 10:00 to Tue 10 Jun 2014 15:00 UTC
Issued: Mon 09 Jun 2014 09:48
Forecaster: PUCIK

Abundant DMC activity is already ongoing in the morning hours. Most of this activity is likely elevated with risk for large hail in the environment of steep lapse rates. The first cluster is now situated over Belgium moving towards Netherlands. Second one is located over NW France with similar movement direction. As daytime heating continues ahead of these clusters with easterly to southeasterly moist surface flow (dewpoints between 18 and 20 ーC), this activity may eventually become surface-based, especially at the eastern flank of the systems. That would rapidly increase chances for supercellular convection capable of very large hail and damaging wind gusts.

To the east and south of the ongoing convective systems, diurnal heating along with backing low-level flow is observed. Further backing of the low-level flow is forecast as surface pressure falls over Southern France. Current thinking is that despite this early activity, best conditions will still develop by the late afternoon with high CAPE values and strong DLS.


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Europe: ESTOFEX Storm Forecast: Level 2 for NW France, S Germany, Czechia, N Switzerland and N Austria mainly for severe convective wind gusts and tornadoes. Valid until 281013 06:00 UTC – 271013 1000z

Storm Forecast



Storm Forecast
Valid: Sun 27 Oct 2013 06:00 to Mon 28 Oct 2013 06:00 UTC
Issued: Sun 27 Oct 2013 05:14
Forecaster: VAN DER VELDE

A level 2 was issued for northeastern France, southern Germany, Czechia, northern Switzerland and northern Austria mainly for severe convective wind gusts and tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for parts of France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, as well as Ireland, mainly for severe convective wind gusts and tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for western France and southern UK for severe convective gust and tornado chances after midnight.


A large depression centered west of Scotland has transported a broad plume of relatively warm low level air deep into Europe. A sharp shortwave trough dramatically visible in IPV fields is racing from western France to eastern Poland during the period. Together with a northwesterly jet axis left exit region, it forces rising air with steepening lapse rates between central France and the Netherlands in the morning, which shifts into Germany during the afternoon and Czechia/Poland in the evening. Thedynamic tropopause(PV)/jet axis intersection region moves just north of the Alps. There is a strong wind field with a corridor over southern Germany with >30 m/s winds in the lowest kilometers.
Late in the night, a side disturbance of the main low arrives in the English Channel region with signs of rapid cyclogenesis en-route to Denmark, producing gale conditions on Monday.



In the first 6 hours of the period, convection and conditions of strong low-level winds and shear 15-20 m/s are present. The jetstream passes over the southern half of Ireland. Expect some convective gusts greater than 25 m/s. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out as well.

…western France, southern UK…

This region will be affected by two disturbances in 24 hours. At 06Z, unstable air under the influence of the shortwave trough is present as well as 25 m/s mean winds in the low levels, and some 20 m/s 0-1 km shear. Mesoscale convective development is not yet expected to begin, but these conditions combined with low LCL heights can lead to tornadoes, aside from severe wind gusts.
After 00/03Z, the cold front of the second low comes in. It seems to become somewhat convectively active, likely as a forced convective line (there is little CAPE and EL at only -15), this time with 30-40 m/s mean winds in the low levels over NW France capable of producing damaging gusts at the ground. The front bends back over the southern UK with less strong wind field but enhanced shear and instability sufficient for a tornado or two. The 00Z GFS run predicts the low to take a much more northerly and faster course with more stable conditions than the 18Z run.

…northeastern France to southwestern Poland…

Synoptic and mesoscale lifting appears to increase in tyhe GFS model over northern France and enhance CAPE to about 200 J/kg. A linear PV intrusion is likely to shape the convection as a line, although WRF models suggest more cellular/short line segment modes instead. Indeed even in the GFS model there is a large region of deep convergence but no sharp line at the surface. The jet exit region affects most directly the zone immediately north of the Alps. In entire southern Germany more than 20 m/s of 0-1 km shear should exist, which aids tornadogenesis (with >250 m²/s² of 0-3 km SREH also predicted) and bow echoes with strong to very strong gusts during convective storms. The 00Z GFS run predicts the same timing as the 18Z run but with the PV intrusion displaced slightly to the north, as well as more positive rather than negative tilt.

Germany: War crimes probe into 40 more Nazi Auschwitz guards – 280813 0950z

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Probe into 40 more Nazi Auschwitz guards

   Published: 27 Aug 2013 15:20 CET

German investigators into Nazi war crimes will send the files of more than 40 former Auschwitz death camp personnel to state prosecutors from next month, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Most of the suspects are aged in their nineties and they live in across Germany including in the former communist East, chief investigator Kurt Schrimm told newspaper the Tageszeitung.

The list of alleged guards at the concentration and extermination camp in what was Nazi-occupied Poland initially contained 50 names, but some of them have since died.

“These accused have so far not been informed that they are now in the crosshairs of justice”, said Schrimm, senior prosecutor at the Central Office for Resolving National Socialist Crimes.

More than 6,000 SS personnel served at Auschwitz, where about 1.1 million Jews, Roma and Sinti and members of other persecuted groups died in gas chambers or of forced labour, sickness and starvation.

For over 60 years German courts only prosecuted Nazi war criminals if evidence showed they had personally committed atrocities, but since a 2011 landmark case all former camp guards can be tried.

In that year a Munich court sentenced John Demjanjuk to five years in prison for complicity in the extermination of more than 28,000 Jews at the Sobibor camp, where he had served as a guard.

The investigative office, set up in 1958, has carried out more than 7,000 probes but has no powers to charge suspects itself. Instead it sends case files to regional prosecutors who then decide whether to pursue suspects, who must also be judged fit to stand trial by the courts.

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Europe: ESOFEX Storm Forecast for #Europe until Thurs 250713 0600Z – 240713 1445z

Storm Forecast

Storm Forecast

Valid: Wed 24 Jul 2013 06:00 to Thu 25 Jul 2013 06:00 UTC
Issued: Wed 24 Jul 2013 06:40
Forecaster: PUCIK

A level 1 was issued for Ireland mainly for severe wind gusts and tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for Morocco to Algeria mainly for severe wind gusts and large hail.

A level 1 was issued for Eastern BENELUX, Eastern France, Western Germany and Alpine area mainly for excessive precipitation and marginally large hail.

A level 1 was issued for Northeastern Poland, Lithuania and Belarus mainly for excessive precipitation.


At mid and upper troposphere, synoptic-scale pattern will feature one broad cyclonic vortex over the Eastern Atlantic and another one over Western Russia, its trough stretching towards Turkey. In between of these two vortices, an ill-defined ridge will cover parts of Central Europe and Western Scandinavia. Most of Europe will remain under rather weak steering flow, only between 10-15 m/s at 500 hPa. Closer to the surface, weakening frontal system will move from France towards Germany and further eastwards. With broad and shallow low pressure centers over the Atlantic and Russia, front itself will move in a very weak pressure field, featuring some mesoscale lows.

Generally speaking, no pronounced severe weather activity is forecast because of the lack of sufficient CAPE / strong deep layer wind shear overlap. Nevertheless, there are a few areas that deserve closer inspection and those are detailed below.


… Ireland …

Ahead of the short-wave trough rotating around the main cyclonic vortex, warm air advection regime will establish over the region. With rather cool mid-level temperatures it seems that at least marginal CAPE build up is plausible. Weak CAPE might be compensated by quite strong forcing. Enhanced low level shear (locally over 10 m/s in the 0-1 km layer) and SREH is simulated by models in response to the WAA. However, deep layer shear will stay marginal at best, decreasing potential for supercellular convection. All in all, situation looks to be on the low-end Level 1 scale with some stronger multicells possibly capable of isolated severe wind gusts and/or weak tornado.

… Morocco to Algeria …

Deep and dry boundary layer, along with very steep mid-level lapse rates will provide a good background for storms with high cloud bases, lots of potential for evaporational cooling of downdrafts and with most of CAPE realized in the subfreezing temperatures. Despite the vertical wind shear being moderate at best (DLS around 15 m/s), stronger multicells could be well capable of downbursts and large hail.

… Eastern BENELUX, Eastern France, Western Germany, Alpine region …

In the weak steering flow, decaying cold frontal system is forecast to push across the region. Ahead of the front, moister airmass, characterized by mixing ratios of up to 14 g/kg will advect over the region. With only modest mid-level lapse rates, one can not expect very high CAPE values with the likely range being 500-1500 J/kg. The highest values will likely be observed over the southern extent of the area, where lapse rates will be the steepest. However, synoptic-scale “forcing” will likely be most pronounced over the northern part with the passage of a subtle short-wave, as suggested by enhanced potential vorticity fields. DMC initiation should be confined to the frontal area itself and then also with the local convergence zones or outflow boundaries left by the overnight / early morning convection.

Rather weak vertical wind shear will limit the storm organisation, with multicell cluster being the most likely convective mode. Of course, local low pressure centers with backed surface flow might slightly augment the wind shear degree. Rapid clustering of storms along the frontal boundary, weak storm motion and sufficient low-level moisture point to the fact that primary threat should be the excessive precipitation. Still, a marginally severe hail event is not ruled out with some stronger cells, especially over NW Italy and S Germany.

… Belarus, extreme NE Poland, Lithuania …

A confluence in the low-level flow is simulated by the NWP with quite moist low-levels and mixing ratios between 10 and 12 g/kg. Synoptically speaking, WAA advection at the NW sector of the low should easily spark DMC development with the aid of an isentropic lift. Smolensk Tuesday 12 UTC sounding shows moderately moist environment with northeasterly flow. All in all, situation looks to be potent for a few excessive precipitation events with slow moving thunderstorms training along the confluence zone.

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Czech Republic: Major flood risk remains for Bohemia; 8 dead and 19,000 evacuated. Prague city water level stabilised – 050613 2335z

The Vltavas bend in Prague 17 November 2011 (Photo:

On Tuesday, at least 10 people were confirmed dead in Czech Republic.

About nine others are reportedly missing.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state of emergency on June 2 and promised relief aid.

The Czech Republic capital, Prague, is preparing for more flooding as the Vltava river is continuing to rise.

Tuesday, 04 June, 2013 at 08:32 UTC RSOE

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Vltava Basin, meteorologists not to blame for floods – Czech PM

Zleva ministr dopravy Zbyněk Stanjura, premir Petr Nečas a ministr zemědělstv Petr Bendl vystoupili 5. června v Praze na tiskov konferenci po jednn vldy.

vydno: 05.06.2013, 16:35 | aktualizace: 05.06.2013 16:59

Prague – Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas said today the flood-related problems can be blamed neither on the Vltava Basin management nor meteorologists and Agriculture Minister Petr Bendl (both Civic Democrats, ODS) echoed his opinion.

They were reacting to various critics of the flood situation.

Bendl said he will submit an analysis of the steps taken by the Vltava Basin management during the flooding to the government.

Necas said the Vltava Cascade and the Vltava Basin were proceeding correctly based on the prognoses of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMU).

“I want to stress that it is weather forecasting, that it is not even possible to blame the CHMU for not having guessed the amount of precipitation, it is really a very complicated thing, even though scientific and based on mathematical models,” Necas said after a government meeting.

Bendl said the cascade maximally used its retention capacities when a huge quantity of water arrived within a short time.

He said the worst situation is when the quantity of water no longer allows the regulation of outflow from water cannons.

Bendl said this did not happen this year, it happened during the devastating floods in 2002.

“In every stage we were in a situation where we were able also through you (journalists) to say how much water will flow through dams and when approximately,” Bendl said.

He said it is up to people and offices beneath the dams what steps to take.

Necas said the government will not say everything was excellent, but it is convinced that people did their work as well as they could, which does not mean that something may be improved.

The flood danger still persists in 25 places in Bohemia. The floods have claimed eight lives and firefighters have evacuated over 19,000 inhabitants. The damage is estimated at billions of crowns.

($1=19.689 crowns)

Autor: ČTK

(Photo: AFP/ Emergency services build anti-flood barriers on june 2 2013 in Prague

Prague evacuated because of flooding

Daily Mail Monday, June 03 2013

Flooding in Prague

Prague residents began to evacuate parts of the historic Czech capital before dawn today, hours before the worst flood in over a century was expected to hit the city.

Prague authorities ordered the evacuation of up to 50,000 people, faced by an approaching tide of water after days of rainfall swelled rivers in the south of the central European country and killed seven people.

Shop owners worked overnight to save their goods. Soldiers along with hundreds of volunteers were filling bags with sand and building walls to protect the picturesque medieval quarter of Mala Strana.

Torrential rains have also hit neighbouring Germany and Austria and floods in Russia killed dozens of people, bringing the death toll from European storms to more than 70 in a week.

Prague Mayor Igor Nemec told a news conference that parts of Mala Strana would be flooded by the afternoon because heavy rain in the south forced dams on the river Vltava, which flows through Prague, to open their gates.

We will sound sirens between six and seven oclock to start the next phase of evacuation, he said. People who are affected should prepare for about a four-day trip.

Nemec said the 14th-century Charles Bridge, one of Pragues main tourist attractions decorated with statues of saints, would be closed to the public to allow cranes to remove tree trunks and other debris carried along by the rapidly flowing river.

Water was already overflowing the Vltavas banks in some communities on the outskirts of Prague, especially in the south, and the rain continued to fall.

Jiri Friedel from Povodi Vltavy, a state company managing dams on the Vltava, said Prague had not since 1890 seen the river as high. He said water may rise to one to two metres in some residential areas.

He said he expected the mass of water splashing through the city to reach 20 times the average for this time of the year.

A hospital on the Vltava bank was evacuated. The mayor asked psychologists to help at shelters for evacuees and ordered 3,000 young men enlisted for civic duty to help rescuers.

There was no panic on the streets in the early hours today and many residents appeared to be planning to wait a few more hours to leave their homes.

We are going to a store where I work, then we will go to our relatives, said 75-year-old Arnost Hartman, who was leaving the working-class quarter Karlin, the largest evacuated area, with his wife.

Irena Hrubantova, a 33-year-old waitress at a gambling bar in Karlin, said she had not heard about the evacuations until a friend phoned her four hours after they were ordered.

But now my boss is telling me over the phone I must not leave and guard it here, she said, adding that she was afraid she would lose her job if she left.

Mayor Nemec tried to soothe fears about possible looting, saying police and soldiers would guard all the emptied areas.

The Prague Zoo Garden begun evacuating some animals, including birds and monkeys whose cages could be submerged.

Jan Cervencl, 25, was helping to move goods out of a fitness equipment store where he works and loading them into a van.

We will probably not be able to get all we need out. We found out about it too late, he said.

Thousands of Czechs were already evacuated from the south, including the regional capital Ceske Budejovice, home to Czech Budweiser beer, and Cesky Krumlov, another popular tourist destination. Forecasters said rain would continue.

Prague, Central and South County floods Source: ČTK. Author: Government / Jakub Stadler June 2, 2013

Floodwater is threatening parts of the Czech Republic.

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Rising waters have been triggered by heavy rain following a wet spring.

Eight deaths were recorded in the Czech Republic according to a European Commission update on Tuesday evening.

The water level has stabilised in the capital Prague, where there had been fears of a repeat of disasters in 2002 and 1997.

Floodwater is threatening parts of the Czech Republic. in recent days as floodwater threatened to overwhelm flood barriers.

In the low-lying industrial city of Usti nad Labem, the River Elbe spilled over the 10m-high (33ft-high) metal flood barriers.

The main rail link connecting Prague and Berlin in Germany have been underwater, with trains being diverted.

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Czech emergency services work round the clock to evacuate flooded villages

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Published on 5 Jun 2013

Days of heavy rain have forced emergency services to work round the clock trying to evacuate residents from flooded villages in the Czech Republic.

The village of Krivousy, 30 kilometres north of Prague, has been inundated by the river Vltava.

Some locals who lived through the 2002 floods refuse to leave this time. For Krivousy Mayor Jana Koberov it’s a problem:
“The floods this year aren’t so devastating but we won’t be able to get to some the villages until next week.”

That means hardship for those cut off – many of the villages such as Krivousy and Neratovice have no electricity or drinking water.

Over the last few days thousands have sought shelter at relatives’ homes or in schools. For resident Eva Bittnerova it is especially heart breaking.

“We had just built our new house here in Zalezlice after the 2002 floods. Now that has been flooded we will have to start all over again.”

The same village could have been spared this time if a protective dike had not been delayed by a dispute over land. Yesterday the semi-finished dike gave way to an under the onslaught of in pouring of muddy water

Floods Wreak Havoc in Czech Republic and Austria

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Flood Waters Wreak Havoc Across Czech Republic

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Floods Threaten Czech Chemical Factory

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Published on 5 Jun 2013

A chemical factory near Prague is under threat from floodwaters which are also causing problems in neighbouring Germany.

Charles Bridge in Prague Flood 2013

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Prague residents assess flood damage as water recedes

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Published on 5 Jun 2013

In the Czech capital Prague there is relief that the water has stopped rising in the River Vltava

Prague floods 03.06. 2013

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FLOODING in PRAGUE! HORROR!! (vom 31.05 bis 04.06.2013) HOCHWASSER in PRAG!

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Flood waters from Czech dams bear down on Prague

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Prague flood (Praha zaplavy) 3.06.2013 13:50-15:35

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Published on 3 Jun 2013

3.06.2013; 13:5015:35 hours by local time
Prague, along Vltava river. Flood.
Praha podĂl Vltavy, záplavy, povodně.

Evacuation in Prague, state of emergency as floods grip Czech Republic

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Published on 3 Jun 2013

The historical center of Prague is under threat as the worst flood in decades cause chaos, claiming the lives of at least five people. Almost 2,700 people from low-lying areas of Czech Republic were evacuated, schools closed and transportation halted.

River Vltava Prague 3rd June 2013

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Published on 3 Jun 2013

River Vltava reached third-degree flood warning levels around noon today(2nd June)

Czech Republic Two Dead As Flooding Hits

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Published on 2 Jun 2013

Czech Republic Two Dead As Flooding Hits
Prime Minister Petr Necas declares a state of emergency for much of the Czech Republic as swollen rivers threaten historic Prague.
3:29am UK, Monday 03 June 2013

Video: Flooding Hits Historic Prague
Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas has declared a state of emergency for most of the nation because of severe flooding as swollen rivers threatened Pragues historic centre.

Authorities evacuated low-lying areas in the Czech Republic and limited public transport in the capital as water from the Vltava River burst its banks.

The floods have killed at least two people and several people are missing across the country.

Mr Necas pledged 300m Czech Koruna (Ł10m) for relief efforts and said another 2,000 troops were ready to assist in putting up temporary barriers and sandbags in Prague.

He said: The government approved the declaration of a state of emergency which will enable a more effective rescue effort.

The historic area of Prague is a Unesco heritage site boasting hundreds of well-preserved buildings, churches and monuments dating back centuries, including the Charles Bridge straddling the Vltava which was closed due to high water.

A Prague hospital and parts of the zoo were also evacuated.
Floods in Prague, Czech Republic Firefighters put up temporary barriers in the Czech capital

Rory Pattison, an expatriate worker living in a village just outside Prague, said: The water is about 50 metres from my house but its only 1 or 2 metres from other houses.

We havent had an evacuation notice yet but everyone is making preparations just in case.

In 2002 floods killed 17 people, forced tens of thousands from their homes and caused several billion pounds of damage across the country.

Water levels have not reached that point yet but weather forecasters predict the rain will continue for several days.

Several people have also died in flooding in Germany, Switzerland and Poland.

In neighbouring Austria, torrential rain caused widespread caused widespread flooding and landslides and forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.

News agencies in Germany, where at least four people have died or are missing, said large stretches of the Rhine, Main and Neckar rivers have been closed to ship traffic and several cities including Chemnitz, Passau and Rosenheim have issued disaster warnings.

In 2002, 17 people were killed in flooding in the Czech Republic which also caused billions of dollars of damage.

Following that disaster, the Czech government spent $150m (Ł99m) on installing an anti-flooding system to protect Prague.

Czech Republic Two Dead As Flooding Hits

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Prague floods (Praha záplavý) 2.06.2013; 13:50-16:15 h

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Published on 2 Jun 2013

2.06.2013; 13:5016:15 hours by local time
Prague, along Vltava river. Floods.
Praha podĂl Vltavy, záplavy, povodně.

Floods in Prague GoPro Street View: Podoli, Kampa, Charles Bridge

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Published on 2 Jun 2013

Heavy rain and begging of floods in Prague gopro street view video shooting cycling from Podoli Podolske nabrezi Rasinovo nabrezi Jiraskuv most Janackovo nabrezi Most legii Smetanovo nabrezi to Charles Bridge

This last video show the Czech Air Force showing off their Search and Rescue helicopter flying skills yesterday, hopefully these skills will not be needed in earnest.

Open Day ŚĂˇslav 2013 W3A Sokol Czech Air Force display Search and Rescue

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Czech (Google translation)

V ter bylo nejmně 10 lid potvrzeno mrtv v Česk republice.

O devět jin jsou dajně chyb.

Česk premir Petr Nečas vyhlsil stav nouze dne 2. června a slbil, e humanitrn pomoci.

Česk republika Hlavn město Praha se připravuje na dal zplavy jako řeka Vltava stle roste.

term 4.6.2013 v 08:32 UTC RSOE
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Vltava Povod, meteorologov nenese vinu za povodn – Česk premir

Zleva ministr DOPRAVY Zbyněk Stanjura, Premier Petr Nečas a ministr zemědělstv Petr Bendl vystoupili 5. června v Praze na konferenci po jednn Tiskov vlady.

vydno: 05.06.2013, 16:35 | aktualizace: 05.06.2013 16:59
Praha – Česk premir Petr Nečas dnes řekl, e problmy souvisejc s povodněmi můe bt obviňovn ani na vltavskm povod ani meteorologov a ministr zemědělstv Petr Bendl (oba ODS) zopakoval svůj nzor.

Byli reagovat na různ kritiky povodňov situace.

Bendl řekl, e předlo analzu kroků, kter povod Vltavy při povodnch vldě.

Nečas řekl, e vltavsk kaskdy a Vltavy Povod postupujeme sprvně na zkladě prognz Českho hydrometeorologickho stavu (ČHM).

“Chci zdůraznit, e je předpovdn počas, e to nen ani mon vinit ČHM za to, e uhdl mnostv srek, to je opravdu velmi komplikovan věc, i kdy vědeck a na zkladě matematickch modelů,” uvedl Nečas po zasedn vldy.

Bendl řekl, e kaskdy maximlně vyut jej retenčn schopnosti, kdy obrovsk mnostv vody přiel v krtk době.

Řekl, e nejhor situace je, kdy mnostv vody ji umoňuje regulaci odtoku z vodnch děl.

Bendl řekl, se to nestalo v letonm roce, to se stalo během ničivch povodn v roce 2002.

“V kad fzi jsme byli v situaci, kdy jsme byli schopni i přes vs (novinři) řci, kolik vody proteče přehrad a kdy přiblině,” řekl Bendl.

Řekl, e to je jen pro lidi a kancelř pod přehradami, jak kroky přijmout.

Nečas řekl, e vlda nebude řkat ve bylo vynikajc, ale je přesvědčen, e lid dělali svou prci tak, jak by mohla, co neznamen, e něco, co lze zlepit.

Povodňovho nebezpeč přetrvv v 25 mstech v Čechch. Povodn tvrd osm ivotů a hasiči evakuovali vce ne 19.000 obyvatel. kody se odhaduj na miliardy korun.

($ 1 = 19,689 Kč)

Autor: ČTK

(Foto: AFP / Pohotovostn sluby vybudovn protipovodňovch zbran na 02.6.2013 v Praze
Praha evakuovali kvůli zaplaven

Daily Mail Ponděl 3.06.2013

Zplavy v Praze

Praan začali evakuovat čsti historickho hlavnho města Česk republiky před svitem dnes hodiny před nejhor povodně v průběhu stolet byl čekal, e zashla město.

Praha řady nařdily evakuaci a 50.000 lid, kterm čel blc se přliv vody po dnech detě zvětila řeky na jihu centrln evropsk země a zabil sedm lid.

Shop majitel pracoval přes noc, aby si zachrnili zbo. Vojci spolu se stovkami dobrovolnků plnili pytle s pskem a stavět zdi k ochraně malebn středověk čtvrti Mal Straně.

Přvalov detě zashly tak sousedn Německo a Rakousko a zplavy v Rusku zabili destky lid, čm se počet obět z evropskch bouře na vce ne 70 v tdnu.

Prask primtor Igor Němec, řekl na tiskov konferenci, e někter čsti Mal Strany budou zaplaveny odpoledne, protoe siln dť na jihu nucench přehrad na řece Vltavě, kter protk Prahou, otevřt sv brny.

“Budeme znt sirny est hodin a sedm hodin zahjit dal fzi evakuace,” řekl. “Lid, kteř jsou postieni měli připravit asi čtyřdenn vlet.”

Němec řekl, e 14. stolet Karlův most, jeden z hlavnch praskch turistickch atrakc jsou vyzdobeny sochami světců, bude uzavřen pro veřejnost, aby jeřby odstraněn kmenů stromů a jinch nečistot unet rychle tekouc řeky.

Voda u přetk Vltavy v banky v některch komunitch na okraji Prahy, zejmna na jihu a dť nadle klesaly.

Jiř Friedel z Povod Vltavy, sttn podnik řzen přehrad na Vltavě, e Praha u neměl od roku 1890 vidět řeku tak vysoko. Řekl, e voda můe vzrůst na jedna-dvam v některch obytnch oblastech.

Řekl, e očekv, e mnostv vody střkajc přes město k dosaen 20 krt průměr pro toto obdob roku.

Nemocnice na břehu Vltavy byl evakuovn. Starosta podal psychology vm na přstřeky pro evakuovan osoby a nařdil 3000 mlad mui zajistil pro občanskou povinnost pomoci zchranřů.

Tam byl dn panika na ulicch v časnch rannch hodinch dnes a mnoz obyvatel zřejmě v myslu čekat několik hodin opustit sv domovy.

“Jedeme do obchodu, kde pracuji, pak půjdeme k naim přbuznm,” řekl 75-let Arnot Hartman, kter opout dělnick čtvrtlet Karln, největ evakuovali oblast, s jeho enou.

Irena Hrubantova, 33-rok-star servrka v herně baru v Karlně, řekla, e nikdy neslyel o evakuaci a přtel zavolal j čtyři hodiny pot, co bylo nařzeno.

“Ale teď můj f mi řk do telefonu, e nesmm opustit a hldat to tady,” řekla a dodala, e se boj, e ztrat svou prci, kdy odela.

Starosta Němec se pokusil uklidnit obavy z monho rabovn, řk policie a vojci by střeit vechny przdnmi prostory.

Prask zoo Zahrada začala evakuovat někter zvřata, včetně ptků a opic, jejich klece můe bt ponořen.

Jan Červencl, 25, pomhal pohyb zbo z obchodu, fitness zařzen, kde pracuje, a jejich vloen do dodvky.

“Jsme pravděpodobně nebude moci zskat vechno, co potřebujeme ven. Zjistili jsme o něm přli pozdě, “řekl.

Tisce Čechů ji byly evakuovny z jihu, včetně krajskho města Česk Budějovice, kter je domovem česk pivo Budvar a Česk Krumlov, dal populrn turistick destinace. Meteorologov řekl, dť bude pokračovat.

Praha, Středn a Jin County povodně Zdroj: ČTK. Autor: Vlda / Jakub Stadler 02.06.2013
Povodně hroz čst Česk republiky.

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Osm mrt bylo zaznamenno v Česk republice podle Evropsk komise aktualizaci v ter večer.

Hladina vody se stabilizoval v hlavnm městě Praze, kde byly obavy z opakovn katastrofy v letech 2002 a 1997.

Tisce lid opustili sv domovy v theFloodwater hroz čst Česk republiky. v poslednch dnech jako povodně hroz přemoci protipovodňovch zbran.

V nzko poloench průmyslovho města st nad Labem, řeka Labe přelila do 10 m vysok (33 stop vysok) kovov protipovodňovch zbran.

Hlavn elezničn spojen spojujc Prahu a Berln v Německu byly pod vodou, s vlaky jsou odkloněny.
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Dny siln dť donutil zchrann sluby pracovat čtyřiadvacet hodin denně se sna evakuovat obyvatele ze zatopench obc v Česk republice.

Obec Krivousy se 30 km severně od Prahy, byl zaplaven řeky Vltavy.

Někteř mstn obyvatel, kteř ili po povodnch v roce 2002 odmtaj opustit tento čas. Pro Krivousy primtora Jana Koberov je to problm:
“Povodně v letonm roce nejsou tak zničujc, ale nebudeme schopni se dostat do některch vesnic a do přtho tdne.”

To znamen, e utrpen pro ty, odřznutch – mnoho z vesnic jako Krivousy a Neratovice nemaj elektřinu nebo pitn vody.

Během několika poslednch dnů tisce lid hledal kryt v domcnostech přbuznch nebo ve kolch. Pro rezidenty Eva Bittnerov je zvltě lmou srdce.

“Zrovna jsme se postavili nov dům tady v Zlezlice po povodnch v roce 2002. Nyn, kdy bylo zaplaveno budeme muset začt znovu.”

Stejn obec by byli uetřeni tuto dobu, ochrann hrz nebyl zpoděn o sporu o pozemky. Včera polotovar hrz ustoupila pod nporem na lit bahnit vody
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Orgny evakuovno nzko poloen oblasti v Česk republice a na omezen veřejn dopravy v hlavnm městě jako je voda z řeky Vltavy vylila z břehů.

Zplavy zabily nejmně dva lid a několik lid chyb po cel zemi.

Pan Nečas slbil 300m Česk koruna (Ł10m) pro humanitrn sil a řekl, dal 2000 vojků byli připraveni pomhat při uveden do dočasn překky a pytlů s pskem v Praze.

On řekl: “Vlda schvlila vyhlen vjimečnho stavu, kter umon činněj zchrann sil.”

Historick čst Prahy je pamtkou UNESCO se můe pochlubit stovky dochovanch kostelů, budov a pamtek se datuje stolet, včetně Karlova mostu rozkročit Vltava, kter byla uzavřena z důvodu velk vody.

Nemocnice Praha a čsti zoo byly evakuovny.
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Rory Pattison, emigrant dělnk ije ve vesnici, nedaleko Prahy, řekl: “Voda je asi 50 metrů od mho domu, ale je to jen 1 nebo 2 metrů od ostatnch domů.

“Neměli jsme evakuačn oznmen, ale zatm vichni, aby se přpravky jen v přpadě.”

V roce 2002 povodně zabil 17 lid, nucen destky tisc ze svch domovů a způsobil několik miliard liber kody po cel zemi.

Hladiny vody nedoshli tohoto bodu, ale zatm meteorologov předpovdaj dť bude pokračovat po dobu několika dnů.

Několik lid tak zemřelo v zplavy v Německu, vcarsku a Polsku.

V sousednm Rakousku, přvalov detě způsobily rozshl způsobily rozshl zplavy a sesuvy půdy a přinutil stovky lid opustit sv domovy.

Zpravodajsk agentury v Německu, kde se nejmně čtyři lid zemřeli, nebo chyb, řekl velk seky Rn, Mohan a Neckar řek byly uzavřeny, aby provoz lodi a několik měst, včetně Chemnitz, Pasově a Rosenheim vydaly varovn katastrofy.

V roce 2002 bylo 17 lid zabito v povodn v Česk republice, kter tak způsobila miliardy dolarů pokozen.

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Dramatic rescue: 25 crew abandon container ship after explosion and fire mid Atlantic – Updated 15 July 2012 1040 GMT/UTC

Crew on board a container vessel were forced to abandon their ship after an explosion and subsequent fire in a cargo hold mid Atlantic.

MSC Flaminia last known position at 13.07.2012 17:48 was in 47 52N 30 44W. Vessel was en route from Charleston US East Coast to Antwerpen Belgium, ETA July 17
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Crew on board a container vessel were forced to abandon their ship after an explosion and subsequent fire in a cargo hold mid Atlantic.

At 10:07 yesterday (Saturday), Falmouth Coastguard received the relayed mayday broadcast from the German registered MSC Flaminia reporting that the crew on board had abandoned the vessel.

Falmouth Coastguard broadcast an alert to all vessels in the area and the nearest vessel which could provide assistance was the oil tanker DS Crown which immediately changed course to intercept the MSC Flaminia.

Six other merchant vessels also proceeded to the location to help with the search and rescue operation but were more than six hours from the location.

Rescue helicopters do not have the endurance required to attend an incident of this nature because the vessel is approximately 1,000 miles from land mid way between the UK and Canada.

DS Crown arrived on scene to confirm that the MSC Flaminia was still burning and recovered 24 people from a lifeboat and a liferaft.

Four crew had suffered injuries. The injured crew have been transferred to the vessel MSC Stella which will take them to the Azores.

One crew member is missing.

The MSC Flaminia is a large container vessel of 75,590 gross tonnage and had 25 people on board.

Crew of the MSC Flaminia include German, Polish and Filipino nationals.

Weather conditions on scene were winds force 3-4 with a one metre swell. – MCA

Update 15 July 2012 1139BST:

One man dies and three injured in Atlantic ship fire

Falmouth coastguards are co-ordinating the rescue of a crew from a German container ship after an explosion in one of its holds in the North Atlantic.

One man died from burns and three were injured as members of the crew tried to tackle the fire on Saturday.

Three people from the vessel were taken to the Azores for treatment and the remaining crew will be brought to Falmouth on a ship in the area. – BBC News