Record snowfall cuts off electricity, railways in southern Austria
Record snowfalls in southern Austria cut off power supplies for 2,500 homes and blocked several railway lines on Friday, including connections to Italy, dpa reported.
In the Carinthia province, the heaviest snowfall in the last 80 years was recorded, as up to 2 metres of snow fell over the last 48 hours.
Emergency services were having a difficult time getting through to villages to repair damaged electricity lines, Austrian media reported.
Train lines running to the Italian towns of Udine and San Candido were blocked by trees that fell on the tracks, Austrian railway company OeBB said.
Children in Carinthia benefited from the weather, as many schools were closed due to the snowfall.