Summer tornadoes kill one person in Poland
July 16, 2012
Damage after tornado
One person died and ten were wounded as a wave of tornadoes ripped through the north-western part of Poland on Saturday evening leaving more than 100 houses destroyed and about 400 hectares of woodlands in Bory Tucholskie forest flattened.
The twisters hit the Kujawy-Pomerania and Wielkopolska provinces. The only fatality was a 60-year-old man in the Pomeranian village of Wycinki who was crushed by his collapsing summer cottage.
A caravan with a family of three inside was seen flying through the air in the village of Stara Rzeka and breaking into pieces upon landing, TVN24 news broadcaster reported. None of the “passengers” suffered any serious injuries,
Power lines were also downed leaving homes cut off, roads were closed and train services disrupted. Hundreds of rescuers were working to remove fallen trees.
The twisters have been categorized by meteorologists as a class two tornado with wind velocity of up to 200 km/h.