Heavy rain pounds certain parts of the country

Ljubljana, 28 August - Storms with heavy rain started pounding the west of Slovenia in the morning. Moving eastward, they caused quite a few problems in areas already affected by early-August floods as well as places that were spared at the beginning of the month.

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The Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief reports that around noon, firefighters were busy dealing with flooding in the western parts of the country, in the areas of Tolmin, Nova Gorica and Sežana, as well as in certain places in the eastern half of the country, including Zagorje ob Savi, Laško, Velenje, Celje, Slovenska Bistrica and Kungota.

Power outages and flooded streets have been reported in the coastal area, which was first hit by storms coming from the west and now faces another wave from the south. Low-lying areas on the coast have been flooded, with the sea inundating squares in Izola and Koper. In just about 15 minutes, the amount of rainfall reached some 40 litres per square metre, 24ur.com reported.

The storms were accompanied by strong gusts of winds snapping branches and causing damage to buildings and, in some places, hail. Further inland, in Ajdovščina, hail stones were reportedly as big as eggs.

The biggest amount of rainfall is expected in the area between Snežnik Mountain in the south and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the north.

A red alert, the highest possible, has been issued for heavy rain for the northern half of the country for today. At noon, a red hailstorm alert was put in place for the south-west. The remaining areas are under orange alert.

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