Bura Wreaks Havoc in Dalmatia, Split Records Strongest Winds Ever!

Daniela Rogulj

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On Friday morning at around 4 am, the strongest bura wind in the history of meteorological measurements in Split was measured at Marjan. At that time, the brutal bura reached 176 km/h (48.9 m/s), which is the highest known wind speed ever measured in Split, reports Index.hr on February 23, 2019. 

The average winds at that time were 118 km/h (33 m/s). The bura wiped out numerous trees and branches on Marjan, as is evidenced by the scenes near the former zoo, which you can see at Dalmacija Danas

It is officially the strongest bura since November 14, 2004, when the strongest winds reached 174.6 km/h (48.5 m/s) during the cyclone Dorothy.

Three fires even broke out on Friday night. The first fire hit Split on Friday night, followed by one in Makarska. At about 5 am this morning, another fire occurred in Solin. The winds also ripped off the roof of a greenhouse in Solin over the night, which flew into busy traffic. Fortunately, the object was quickly removed and the traffic normalized.

The Split Police sent out an announcement this morning in response to the many calls they received over the night. 

“During the night in the area of Split-Dalmatia County, and especially in the City of Split, we recorded many reports about trees on the roads, vehicle damage, damage to windows on buildings, and the like, all because of the strong winds. The police officers, together with the firefighters, were on the ground all night and acted on alerts. At this moment, we have not received a notification or know that anyone has been hurt during the event. We assume that throughout the morning we will receive further reports of material damage to objects and vehicles during the night.”

The bura also wreaked havoc on the roads. 

Due to strong winds, the following roads are closed for all groups of vehicles:

Highway A1 between Posedarje and Sveti Rok, DC27 and DC50 via Karina, Obrovac and Gračac, the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb highway between Kikovica and Delnice, DC3 – old road through Gorski Kotar, state road DC54 Maslenica – Zaton Obrovački, Dr. Franjo Tudjman bridge near Dubrovnik, Mokošica-Komolac-Dubrovnik.

The following roads are open only for passenger vehicles: 

Highway A6 Rijeka-Zagreb between Čavle and Kikovica, Adriatic Highway (DC8) between Novi Vinodolski and Senj, Karlobag and Svete Marije Magdalene, Pag bridge (DC106).

On the fast road Solin-Klis (DC1), the A7 motorway Draga-Šmrika, the local road Križišće-Kraljevica (LC58107) traffic for buses, caravans and motorcycles (Group I) is prohibited. On the Adriatic highway (DC8) between Bakar and Novi Vinodolski and Senj and Karlobag, there is a ban on delivery vehicles and vehicles with covered cargo spaces (Group I and II).

Due to a fire on the Adriatic Highway (DC8) at Jasenovo, only one lane is open.

ZC6246 Drniš-Roški slap is closed for all traffic due to trees on the road. 

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