Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea: I’ll file criminal complaint against those who’ve spread false information on weather advisories

On Wednesday afternoon, Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea assured Bucharesters that they have no reason to believe the City Hall is not disclosing all data on weather advisories, pointing out she will file criminal complaints against those who have spread false information.

“In recent hours, a message that transmits false, toxic information – according to which the City Hall hides information that is very useful for Bucharesters, in the sense that this evening’s weather phenomena will allegedly be far more severe than announced this morning at the Crisis Cell set up at the PMB [Bucharest City Hall] – has spread on social media. I want to ask Bucharesters to read and use only official sources, not to believe these toxic messages that were transmitted via social media. Moreover, bearing in mind that this is a very grave act, I’ll file a criminal complaint against those who have spread this false information, because the Criminal Code has an article which clearly refers to this situation – namely the spread of false information that may lead to chaos or panic among the citizens of Bucharest. They have no reason to be distraught or believe we are not offering them all information, because I repeat what I said this morning too: we have information from the ANM, they show that – and this has been confirmed several minutes ago too – the yellow code for wind gusts and storms remains in force, there are no elements to upgrade it to an orange code. This phenomenon will start after 5 p.m.,” Firea said at a press conference.

She pointed out that the critical interval in Bucharest will be from 7 to 8 p.m., according to ANM information, when wind gusts will reach speeds of 55-65 km/h.


Windspeed forecast to exceed 50 km/h, rainfall amount to reach about 25 litres/sq.m. in Bucharest


The National Weather Administration (ANM) has forecast windspeeds of over 50 km/h and a rainfall amount of about 25 litres/sq.m. on Wednesday in Bucharest City, ANM representative Gabriela Bancila told a weather command convened at the Bucharest City Hall.

She mentioned that ANM will update the current information in a Code Yellow weather advisory that will also cover the city.

“In Bucharest, atmospheric instability under the code yellow advisory would be of interest in the evening hours and in the first half of the night,” said Bancila.

She said that after 6 p.m. local time the windspeed would gradually intensify.

“We are expecting the critical interval for Bucharest to be between 20:00hrs – 01:00hrs, 02:00hrs, 03:00hrs at night, when storm clouds should emerge. Wind should intensify to about 55-65 km/h and also blow in strong gusts,” said Bancila, adding that windspeed could exceed 65 km/h in some neighbourhoods.

She mentioned that the ANM expects the amount of rainfall to reach approximately 25 litres/sq.m., but in some neighbourhoods it might go up to 30-35 litres/sq.m.

“Most of these quantities should be recorded in a short time of one hour, one and a half hours, two hours at most. After 03:00hrs, the phenomena should start to diminish in intensity. Rain should stop before the morning breaks, but wind should keep blowing in gusts that this time should no longer exceed 40-50 km/h. Therefore, even if the ANM updates the warning message issued today, some increase in windspeed should be expected the next day as well,” Bancila explained.

She added that temperatures would drop significantly.



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