Strong winds, rain prompt ‘code orange’ weather alert in Bulgaria

A code “orange” weather warning has been issued for seven districts in northeastern Bulgaria on October 1 because of the strong winds and expected heavy rain, the country’s meteorology institute has said.

The areas affected are Varna, Dobrich, Rousse, Turgovishte, Shoumen, Silistra and Razgrad districts; code “orange” warnings are issued when weather conditions pose risk to health and property.

The total rainfall in the areas covered by the weather alert are expected to reach 50 litres/square metre.

The weather alert has closed the port of Varna, Bulgarian National Television reported. Strong winds over the past 24 hours have toppled trees in the city, causing minor property damage, but no injuries, the report said.

Another nine districts were issued the lesser code “yellow” weather warning – Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Lovech, Gabrovo, Veliko Turnovo, Sliven and Bourgas. In those districts, rainfall is expected to reach up to 20-30 litres/square metre.

This is the first code “orange” weather alert in Bulgaria since the beginning of September, when a warning was issued because of strong winds.

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