Rīga port closed due to strong wind

The Riga port is still closed for marine traffic due to strong wind, the Riga Freeport informed LETA Monday.

The port has been closed since December 4, and as the wind is expected to hit more than 23 m/s on Monday the port will probably continue to be closed for traffic throughout the day. Changes can be expected around midnight.

The only traffic running on these days are Tallink ferries, the port said.

Meanwhile, operations of the Riga International Airport have not been affected and the flights are running according to schedule, the airport reported.

The strong winds are expected to subside on Monday afternoon, the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center reported.

On Monday morning there were gusts of wind at 20 m/s in Kurzeme and Vidzeme, and up to 25 m/s on the coastal regions.

About 13,000 households in Latvia were without electricity on Monday morning as strong winds had damaged the power lines.

Water levels had risen, with the Rīga canal overflowing - though not dramatically - and the Lucavsala recreational complex partially submerged.

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