Murtal hit – photos from above show the extent of the storm’s destruction


Fallen power poles, uprooted trees, evacuated hikers. The Murtal felt the storm particularly hard on Thursday. Cleaning was still in progress on Friday.

The Murtal was one of the epicenters of the severe storm on Thursday. In many areas, cleanup work continued through Friday. The technicians from Energie Steiermark in particular had their hands full restoring the power supply in the region.

“We’ve been on duty all night, but it will take a while. There are just as many trees hanging from the power lines”, Christian Dornik from the front line in Pöls explained to the “Krone” about the big challenge.

Households without electricity for a day
Large-scale outages could be resolved until the early hours, but some households had no power in the afternoon. Three main lines around Pöls were still out of service on Friday. “We can certainly fix one by the evening,” Dornik says.

Technicians gathered from all over Styria. For safety reasons it was still possible to work on the curved mast in Fisching.

people helped each other
The fire brigade and police, on the other hand, did not have to work night shifts. “The people in the region have also helped each other a lot,” said Spielberg’s volunteer fire brigade. Police helped with a helicopter that was actually parked in front of the MotoGP along with the “Christophorus 99” in a major evacuation operation.

In the Ingeringgraben a total of 63 hikers had to be rescued. The storm had uprooted hundreds of trees there and caused total chaos.

20 million euros in forestry damage
Styria’s forests also suffered serious damage. The forestry experts from the state of Styria estimate the amount of damaged wood after the storm at about 400,000 cubic meters. The financial damage is estimated at 15 to 20 million euros.

Source: Krone


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