February 6, 2020 – The bura came back with a vengeance this week, blasting its way through Dalmatia with up to 270 km/h winds in some parts.
After a relatively mild offseason with temperatures in the teens, the harshness of winter hit in the form of hurricane-like bura winds on Wednesday. The already dead Dalmatian towns turned even more ghost-like as the powerful winds swept through the towns.
As expected, the traffic stopped, ferries came to a halt, and the damage was inevitable.
In Makarska, for example, a crane toppled at the Romana Hotel, construction material flew, and trees were cut from their roots. A similar scene could be found on the city beach, where pines fell to the ground. The wind even caused two traffic accidents and blocked traffic in the city center, but luckily no one was hurt.
Wednesday’s storm caused extensive damage to the Star Village Mosor observatory in Gornji Sitno. The large dome of the observatory was completely destroyed and the large telescope housed beneath it was damaged. Because of this, the observatory will not continue to receive visits on Fridays and Saturdays, the Mosor Star Village Facebook page announced.
Photojournalist Matko Begovic visited Biokovo on Wednesday, where he made it to Sv. Jure, just about a hundred meters from the top.
A little lower, on the platform that will one day be the glass skywalk, the bura howled.
The boats rocked in the nearby Baska Voda.
Not even buildings could withstand the bura’s force. Namely, Dalmacija Danas reported that the Tugare Community House in Srednje Poljice saw a lot of destruction, as parts of its roof 3 meters wide flew through the sky.
And it wouldn’t be bura if it didn’t come with a bit of fun. Like this trash bin flying through the busy streets, on its way to find work in Ireland…
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