A number of 29 localities in Moldova were not supplied with electrical power at 4pm, according to Premierenergy. The power supplier in a press release said the failures were mostly caused by downed trees and branches that fell onto overhead power lines, IPN reports.
The company noted the reconnection to the power supply will take place gradually, together with the decrease in the intensity of the wind.
The General Inspectorate for Emergencies said 66 settlements were partially disconnected from the power supply in the first half of the day. The districts of Criuleni, Cimișlia, Orhei, Telenești, Călărași, Anenii-Noi, Hâncești, Râșcani, Florești, Edineț, ATU Găgăuzia, Ștefan Vodă and the municipality of Chisinau were the most affected ones.
In Chisinau, rescuers removed parts of a metallic roof from a five-story apartment building located on Nicolae Zelinschi St as these posed a threat to the people nearby.
The State Hydrometeorological Service issued an orange code advisory for high winds for February 24, until 8pm. The northwestern wind was forecast to intensify to 17-22 m/s, in parts to 23-25m/s.