Alarm sounded due to strong wind and rain

Ljubljana, 29 October - Authorities have issued a red weather warning for western and central Slovenia due to strong afternoon wind, whose speed could exceed 100 km/h. Heavy rain is expected in the evening and during the night and could bring flooding on the coast as well along the Drava river in the northeast.

Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Due to strong tidal fluctuation, alarm was sounded in the coastal town of Piran at around 11:30 AM this morning. The population has been urged to follow the instructions of the Civil Protection and Disaster Relief Administration and other services.

Strong winds have also led to a partial closing of the port of Koper, where berthing permits are being issued on a case-by-case basis.

The sea level is expected to rise significantly after 11 PM this evening, "by up to 40 cm, meaning there is a chance of a similarly high tide as on 6 December 2008", hydrologist Janez Polajnar has warned.

Experts are also worried about the state of the Drava river, fearing that over 100 buildings, mostly in the Maribor and Ptuj era, could be in peril on Tuesday afternoon.

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