Storm Aftermath: Clean-up, Travel Delays, Power Cuts

Tree damage after summer storm Kiira on 12.8 / Credit: News Now Finland

Emergency crews responded to hundreds of alarm calls overnight, as damage from summer storm Kiira continued to be assessed.

In Helsinki, the rescue department dealt with 280 call-outs during the night. In Western Uusimaa region there were 85 call-outs. Authorities says they have no reports of anyone injured by the storm, but trees feel and tiles came off roofs during hundreds of lightning strikes, heavy rain, and strong winds that gusted at times up to 30 metres per second.

Authorities urge people to remain cautious, for example, when they move to Helsinki’s parkland areas. Members of the public can report fallen trees that are causing a hazard, to emergency services.

Train Delays

Trains are delayed due to ongoing storm damage clearance work, according to train operator VR. Passengers can expect up to one hour delays on routes to and from Lappeenranta, Lahti and Kouvola.

The commuter train to Helsinki Airport is operating a reduced service due to the clearing and repair work on the route.

Electricity Cuts

Most of the electricity grid damage caused by summer storm Kiira has been repaired in southern Finland according to electricity companies.

However on Sunday morning more than 4,500 people in Kymenlaakso were still without power in the aftermath of the storm.