posted on Nov, 18 2013 @ 12:34 PM
Autumn storm Eino blows in, plunges over 200,000 homes in darkness
In the Häme and Tampere regions each upwards of 41,000 households were left in the dark as autumn storm Eino blew into Finland Sunday. In central
Finland another 36,000 customers also suffered power outages, while the number of households affected in the Savo region passed 95,000 altogether.
That was maybe strongest storm I have ever experienced. Its amazing how that storm developed really fast so people didn't have much time to prepare.
It is titled as "3rd strongest storm of the century". Before the storm arrived here, it was known as Hilde in Norway and Sweden. It was deep low
pressure that developed in Norway Sea. And another proof of climate change: Out of 4 strongest storms in Finland, 3 are from this century.
It wasn't ordinary autumn storm, the record wind speeds were 34 m/s (76mph, 122 km/h). As the wind was westerly, it gathered the water to coasts and
it rose to flood levels. The waves were high too.
My experience: When I woke up at 9:00am, there was no electricity, apparently it went off around 8am. I expected the electricity to come back soon,
but had to spend whole day without electricity. That is some experience. After I woke up, we went to check the damage, though it was still windy.
There was fallen trees everywhere. Even some young trees fell, some with roots. It was because the ground isn't frozen yet, as winter is late as
usual. It looked like there was some downbursts too, as all trees in certain areas were cut, in a row. Because the water was pretty high, it flooded
many cottages, so it was costly storm for them. The electricity came back around 9:45pm, so we had to spend 13 hours without it.
Some pictures (not mine):
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