After a series of 6 tornadoes in central Poland on early Thursday, 17. February 2022 /https://mkweather.com/5-destructive-tornadoes-hit-poland-injured-people-and-destroyed-homes-the-strongest-should-have-the-power-of-ef2// and the next tornado in Mladá Boleslav, Czechia /https://mkweather.com/mlada-boleslav-czechia-scared-a-tornado-tornadoes-should-appear-in-the-north-sea-and-baltic-sea-region-until-the-end-of-march-2022//, such as an extreme Windstorm Eunice /https://mkweather.com/severe-windstorm-eunice-hits-nw-europe-with-wind-gusts-100-140-km-h-rarely-180-km-h// Mkweather is bringing the next very bad news from the region.
A powerful tornado (its strength is still considered) hit only 3-5 hours after a devastating outbreak in central Poland a metropolitan area in southern Poland – directly in Krakow, leaving dead, injured, and widespread material damages.
The arrival of the extreme vortex was captured in the videos below.
In the first video, widespread havoc during extreme wind gusting is evident just in the streets of Krakow, with life-threatening flying large objects (building material).
The second video captured a falling crane behind the first scene, unfortunately with deadly impact on workers in the crane and the next injured.
On ESWD site is written: “A crane was overturned by a brief tornado. Two people died (a crane operator and a construction worker on the ground, 63-year-old and 23-year-old), two other people were injured. A roof of a Biedronka supermarket on Półłanki street was also damaged. Some cars were damaged by fallen elements of the roof.” /https://eswd.eu/cgi-bin/eswd.cgi/
More references from the Polish media are telling these statements: “Przewrócony dźwig budowlany przy ulicy Domagały w Krakowie. Dwóch poszkodowanych nie żyje. WIDEO”, Radio Kraków, 17 FEB 2022. “Kraków Domagały 45 Żuraw wypadek”, Eyewitness report (on Youtube), 17 FEB 2022. “Kraków. Żuraw budowlany przewrócony przez wiatr. Dwie osoby nie żyją, dwie są ranne”, TVN24, 17 FEB 2022. “Wichura zerwała dach ze sklepu Biedronka”, dlahandlu, 17 FEB 2022. “Kraków. Wichura zerwała dach z Biedronki przy ul. Półłanki”, Kraków Naszemiasto, 17 FEB 2022. Eyewitness report via Łowcy Burz Południe – małopolskie i śląskie (on Facebook), 17 FEB 2022. Polscy Łowcy Burz (on Facebook), 17 JAN 2022.”
An incident happened at 8:05 in the morning, 17. February 2022 (+/- 5 minutes).
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About the possibility of tornado outbreaks during strong NAO+ phases in early spring (or late winter) we just wrote the following article: https://mkweather.com/mlada-boleslav-czechia-scared-a-tornado-tornadoes-should-appear-in-the-north-sea-and-baltic-sea-region-until-the-end-of-march-2022/.
Update of seasonal forecast you should find here: https://mkweather.com/hot-and-dry-march-cold-and-stormy-april-and-may-long-term-forecast-for-europe-sees-a-return-of-cold-and-weather-patterns/ (Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 forecast for Europe are available here: https://mkweather.com/spring-2022-forecast-for-europe-early-dry-late-stormy-very-warm/; https://mkweather.com/summer-2022-forecast-for-europe/).
Until Saturday, 19. February will be in continental and NW Europe careful, because the next severe winds 100-140 km/h, rarely up to 180 km/h are predicted (link above), and tornadoes still not fully excluded.
Illustration picture – Source: https://www.facebook.com/metkep.met/videos/341777791174034