251 settlements in seven regions of Ukraine cut off grid due to harsh weather

Source : 112 Ukraine

Buffeting winds and wet snow are what currently defines the nature of weather in this country
09:29, 24 February 2020

Massive blackouts are observed in seven regions of Ukraine, mostly in the western and the northwestern regions. The State Emergency Service reported that on February 24.

"251 settlements in seven regions (...) were cut off the electric grid due to the activation of the automatic protection system of power lines", the message said. In Lviv region, the number of such settlements made 70, in Ivano-Frankivsk region - 69, and in Ternopil region - 65. In Volyn, Chernivtsi, Zhytomyr and Rivne regions, the numbers are smaller. 

Emergency crews are involved in the repair works. In most cases, the local car traffic has not been impaired.

Related: Weather forecasters warn of significant avalanche in Carpathians

Tough weather conditions are observed in Ukraine on February 24, as the active cyclone moved from the west; in the daytime, the wind speed makes 25-28 meters per second. Major precipitations (rains and wet snow) are expected in left-bank Ukraine. Wind gusts are observed in the Carpathians (25-30 m/s on the average, up to 40 m/s). The roads are covered with black ice.

The average daily temperature makes up to +10 degrees by Celsius.

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