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Czech Republic: 20,000 homes without power due to strong winds

Prague, Czech Republic – More than 20,000 homes throughout the Czech Republic had no power on Monday morning after strong winds battered the country during the night and early hours of the day, reported the Czech News Agency (ČTK).

Most of the homes left without power, mostly due to trees and branches that fell on electric and power lines, are located in the Central Bohemian region, according to Soňa Holingerová, a spokeswoman for the state-owned energy producer ČEZ.

According to preliminary reports, no one has yet been injured from the strong winds and fallen trees on roads and railway tracks.

Local authorities have been working hand-in-hand with emergency crews to clear the roads and tracks from the fallen trees, which have caused the cancellation of some lines and forced Czech Railways to introduce alternative bus routes.

Czech authorities had already issued over the week-end a strong wind meteorological warning, which should stay in place for the rest of the day, according to early reports.

Quoted by local media, Czech meteorologists pointed out that the intensity of the strong winds is expected to peak around 1 pm in the Czech Republic today.

Citizens have been encouraged to take appropriate precautions if needed.

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