Last night in Split, a new weather record was set during a brief but intense hurricane-like storm off Croatia. At around 4am, a wind gust of 176km/h (109mph) was measured. This is the strongest wind speed ever measured in the entire history of meteorological measurements on Marjan and in Split. During the storm, average wind speed was 118km/h (73mph). This is equivalent to a Hurricane Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
The cold front that passed across the Adriatic yesterday brought a significant drop in air temperature, a bit of rain, but most importantly, a powerful bura wind that ripped throughout Dalmatia.
Outside of all forecast models in Split, the official impact of the bura, which took on the nature of a raging Hurricane-like wind, measured 176 km/h.
The wind uprooted trees, damaged homes, boats and cars.
Wildfires have almost gone out of control due to the high winds.
Moreover, the weather conditions created chaos on the road, with many bridges and tunnels closing down. In order to remove trees, the Rijeka-Zagreb highway was completely closed to traffic and trucks were not allowed to drive on the Thessaloniki-Klis highway.
The last wind speed record was set during Cyclone Dorothy on November 14, 2004 at 174.6 km/h (108.5mph).