Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
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These images show the huge Adriatic storm battering the Croatian coast which has seen record waves recorded and cruises cancelled in Brit tourist hot spots in Croatia.
A red alert has been issued in the south of Croatia as high winds and waves hit the Adriatic coast affecting cities such as Dubrovnik, Split, and Pula.
The storm saw winds of 142kph hitting the tourist city of Dubrovnik and the city’s authorities issued a special warning for citizens.
The Croatian Hydrographic Institute reported a record wave in the Adriatic which they measured at a maximum height of 10.87 metres (35.66 feet) in the waters off Dubrovnik near St Andrew’s island.
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In the videos, waves can be seen crashing onto the coastlines accompanied by strong winds.
One of the clips shows a restaurant’s terrace completely flooded by the storm with tables and chairs being thrown around by the waves.
No injuries have been reported but houses and roads were reportedly flooded and a number of cruises and ferry trips were reportedly cancelled.
According to the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, mareographers recorded a sea level of 162 centimetres, the highest sea level in recent years.
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In Split reports state that the cellar of Diocletian’s Palace was flooded during the night. Teams of firefighters and employees have been removing water from the cellar since early morning, with heavy rain continuing to fall. The cellar is closed to visitors today.
The storm is expected to continue through today (Thursday).
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