Violent hailstorm paralyzes the city of Gniezno, Poland

Violent hailstorm paralyzes the city of Gniezno, Poland

A severe hailstorm caused significant flooding in the western Polish city of Gniezno on Monday, May 20, 2024. The storm, part of a series of violent weather events sweeping across the country, left streets inundated and disrupted daily activities.

Footage captured residents depicted chaotic scenes of vehicles and pedestrians navigating through the flooded streets, with massive hail accumulations visible across the city.

The storm’s intensity overwhelmed local drainage systems, leading to widespread water accumulation.

Private meteorological stations measured rainfall accumulations between 60 and 80 mm (2.3 – 3.1 inches) within 2 hours, according to Skywarn Poland.

Poland’s weather agency has issued warnings that the severe weather conditions will persist into Tuesday, May 21. The western and southeastern regions are expected to experience further hail, heavy rain, and strong winds.

Residents in these areas are advised to remain cautious and prepare for potential disruptions.


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