Strong winds in Bulgaria on November 22 left thousands of people in various regions of the country without electricity, and brought down trees, awnings and billboards.
Two aircraft were diverted from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv Airport A third flight was diverted to Romania’s capital Bucharest. Reports quoted passengers whose flights were diverted to Plovdiv as complaining that they spent several hours there because the airport was unprepared for the unscheduled landings.
The power cuts affected several districts of Sofa, and there were power outages in Elin Pelin, Svoge and several villages in the municipality of Dupnitsa. More than 6000 households in the Vratsa region were left without power.
Damage in Sofia included a tree falling on a car near South Park.
The day before, a “Code Orange” hazardous weather warning had been issued for 14 regions of Bulgaria because of expected strong winds, with the lesser “Code Yellow” potentially hazardous weather warning issued for other areas, including Sofia and Plovdiv.
(Photo: Pal Cson