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Meteorologists warn about strong wind gusts; SFRS urges people to prepare for a storm

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn the night to Saturday, December 13th, there will be very strong wind gusts in Latvia, meteorologists warn. Latvian State Fire and Rescue Service also urge residents to be careful.

Latvian Environmental, Geology and Meteorology Centre reports that wind speed will rise dramatically at the end of the week, reaching 20-24 m/sec.

Wind speed in Kurzeme and Vidzeme will likely reach 27032 m/sec.

Meteorologists say, however, that the wind will calm down closer to the evening.

SFRS urges residents to prepare for strong wind gusts accordingly, and reminds about safety precautions during a storm.

In order to be safe during a storm, SFRS provides some recommendations:

-make sure your cell phone is fully-charged. Storms often leave homes without electricity, making the only way to reach rescuers in the event of an emergency by means of a cell-phone;

-prepare pocket flash-lights in case of power outage;

-residents of multi-apartment buildings should make sure there are no things kept in the balconies that can be blown away by the wind. Things that cannot be carried indoors should be secured;

-owners of private houses and countryside residents should make sure all of the light objects kept outside their house are properly secured to make sure they cannot be blown away by the wind;

-if you have a car, be sure to park it somewhere that does not have trees growing nearby,

In order not to get hurt during a storm, SFRS also provides several recommendations:

-try to remain indoors whenever possible. Leave your home only if it is absolutely necessary;

-if you absolutely have to leave during a storm, avoid staying under trees, advertisement billboards and other tall objects. Avoid walking on bridges;

-be sure to close all doors and windows;

-when indoors, do not come close to windows: falling trees and branches can break through the glass;

-do not use an umbrella during a storm – it will only reduce visibility for you and could potentially harm other people;

High tides often form in the sea as a result of the storm. This is why SFRS urges people to stay away from waterfronts and other places situated close to large bodies of water.


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