Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Slovenia in Ice Grip
When the weather turns bad
It's been the fifth day of the ice grip that has crippled Slovenia. The bitter grip of ice is expected to remain until Wednesday. In places, the ice coating is more than 5cm thick, causing trees and power lines to break.
Tens of thousands of homes across the country are still without electricity and around 75% of schools and kindergartens were closed on Monday and Tuesday due to traffic and power disruptions.
An estimated 150,000 households and other consumers are still without electric power supply. Thousands of homes are still cut off. Many roads are closed due to ice or fallen trees.
Sleet and fallen trees are also causing trouble in railway traffic, according to the national operator Slovenske železnice.
"Zled", the dreaded ice storm comes periodically, about once in a decade, but was never so extensive and the damage to the forests so severe as this time.
Below are few of the photographs I have taken near my home in Ljubljana. The streets have been cleared of ice and fallen branches and the ice coating has already melted a bit.