Tornado sweeps through a village in Eastern Slovakia

Damage was reported to four family houses, a tornado carrying away the roofs

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Kateřina Motyčková, Czech News Agency
In this photo provided by Weld County Government a tornado touches down in a largely rural area of northern Colorado on Monday, June 7, 2021, near Firestone. Authorities said the twister damaged at least one home and brought down power poles and lines. No injuries were reported. (Jennifer Finch/Weld County Government via AP)

A tornado swept through the village of Petkovce in Eastern Slovakia on Thursday late afternoon, causing damages to several houses, some ending up without a roof.

“Damage was reported to four family houses, a tornado carried away the roofs. Trees are broken, and the power line is torn down,“ said the operational officer of the regional fire brigade in Prešov, according to the Teraz.sk server. According to the imeteo.sk portal, the tornado touched the ground for only a few tenths of a second.

“You could see the wind spinning and lifting everything up. It carried parts of the roofs perhaps up to 100 meters away. It passed only the lower part of the village. It took maybe a minute, but it demolished everything, and now there is a mess,“ said mayor Pavol Hybala. According to him, the description of the damage caused by the tornado is preliminary. Luckily, no inhabitants were injured.

The road remained impassable after the tornado raged. Firefighters and electricians then intervened on the spot, cutting down trees and clearing the way. By around 8 pm, the lower part of the town was traversable. According to the mayor, the telecommunications and radio poles remained broken.

“Anyone who can helps us, the villages of Skrabské and Bystré also promised to help us. I hope we can do it together. I have never experienced anything like this,“ added the mayor of Petkovce.

According to the imeteo.sk website, the tornado also affected the village of Skrabské. “Shortly after 5 pm, a storm formed east of Prešov in the Beskydy foothills, which began to move north,” the website reported.

Title image: In this photo provided by Weld County Government, a tornado touches down in a largely rural area of Northern Colorado on Monday, June 7, 2021, near Firestone. Authorities said the twister damaged at least one home and brought down power poles and lines. No injuries were reported. (Jennifer Finch/Weld County Government via AP)

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