Storm brings flash floods to western city of Pori
Cellars under water, cars stranded in the streets as skies open and deliver two weeks' rain in a couple of hours
Heavy rain caused flooding in many places in the western city of Pori on Sunday evening. The streets in the city centre were swamped, and traffic slowed down to walking speed as cars crawled through twenty centimetres of standing water.
In the city centre and for example in the district of Toejoki, the traffic was completely interrupted.
Underpasses became filled with water, and vehicles parked nearby sustained severe damage.
Along Antinkatu, restaurant owners were seen scooping water out of their establishments.
Flooded basements, in turn, kept the entire emergency services manpower occupied for the whole evening.
The emergency centre phone lines were soon jammed and a plea was announced that people would refrain from calling. In many buildings electricity was also cut off.
In the space of around three hours, no less than 50 millimetres of rain was dropped on the city. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, this is a lot to deal with by anyone's standards, given that the entire month's precipitation for August is usually in the region of 60-90 mm.
A football match between Porin Palloilijat and Grankulla IFK was also cancelled because of the severe weather.
Many other places in southwestern Finland also received 25-30 millimetres of rain as the thundery weather front swept across the area. The Hämeenlinna housing fair visitors were soaked to the skin, and in Kalvola’s Rimminkylä a lakeside summer cabin burned beyond repair. The fire is believed to have been caused by lightning.
According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the unsettled weather - with possible heavy downpours still to come - will continue in the western parts of the country at least for the first half of the week. Nevertheless, the showers are unlikely to be quite as heavy as the cloudburst experienced on Sunday.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Summer temperature record broken on Tuesday (8.8.2007)
Finnish Meteorological Institute