Deputy mayor: Tallinn workgroup ready for rapid elimination of storm damage

  • 2019-12-18
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The City of Tallinn workgroup for the elimination of consequences of difficult weather conditions is ready to rapidly tackle the potential aftermath of the storm that according to weather services is about to hit the region later on Wednesday, Deputy Mayor Kalle Klandorf said.

Before noon on Wednesday, regular observation of weather forecasts and water levels will continue, spokespeople for the city government told BNS.

"Water levels in the bays around Tallinn are monitored with the help of relevant surveillance systems," Klandorf said. "We advise residents against venturing onto piers or the sea coast out of curiosity to enjoy high waves, as this is dangerous and may result in  additional work for rescuers and the police."

The city government is reminding residents to properly shut the windows and doors of their dwellings and not park their cars under trees. It also has to be made sure that advertising stands and other temporary structures are properly fastened.

Residents are urged to remove all items that may start moving as a result of strong winds from their balconies and have a supply of batteries at home for the event of a potential power outage.

At construction sites the stability and fastening of scaffolding has to be checked and lighter building materials hidden away from the wind.  

The city's emergency phone number for technical assistance and assistance in situations where urgent interference by technical crews is required is 1345. Messages can also be sent by e-mail to 1345@rescue.ee .

To call an ambulance, the rescue service or the police, a call must be made to the emergency number 112.

The national weather service has issued a storm warning cautioning that starting from the afternoon, the wind will be blowing at speeds of 15-20 meters per second, gusting up to 25 meters per second and up to 30 meters per second in coastal areas. The wind direction will be south and southwest from the afternoon, changing to west and northwest in the evening.