Strong storm winds expected Thursday and Friday

Latvia is likely to experience strong storm conditions on Thursday and Friday, according to a warning issued by the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center.

The storm is likely to arrive on Thursday afternoon from the southwest with the wind gradually gaining strength and but the strongest winds expected overnight into Friday.

By the Baltic Sea and the Kurzeme coast gusts will reach 25-29 meters per second. 

Wind gusts in most areas of Latvia are expected to be 20-23 m / s. Forecast information so far indicates that the greatest wind impact is expected in the southern part of the country and the public is advised to be ready. Damaged trees, unsecured objects or debris could cause damage and there may also be damage to power lines leading to blackouts.

The wave height in the Baltic Sea will reach 3.0-5.5 m, but in the Gulf of Riga 1.5-2.5 m. Strong winds are also expected to raise water levels in coastal areas. For up-to-date forecast information on winds, wave heights and water levels, follow the portal.

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