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Violent Storm Kills Eight in Romania; Serbia, Croatia Also Hit

A 24-year-old man was killed after a billboard fell on his car in Timisoara on September 17.

At least eight people were killed and 67 others injured as a violent storm ripped through western Romania on September 17.

Winds of up to 100 kilometers an hour also brought devastation to parts of Serbia and Croatia, officials reported.

Road and rail traffic was disrupted by trees blown down by the heavy winds, and roof damage was reported by hospitals, schools, and apartment buildings. Dozens of towns and villages were left without electricity.

Nicolae Robu, mayor of the western city of Timisoara, told local TV station Digi24 that there “are dozens of trees on the ground, roads blocked. We are out of electricity and water. There are roofs torn off houses, apartment buildings. There are overturned trucks. I've never seen anything like this."

Emergency officials in the city said a man died after he was hit by a billboard and a woman was killed by a falling tree.

Two people were killed in Bistrita-Nasaud county in northern Romania, one of them hit by a tree in the city’s park.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, Romania-Insider, and VOA