“In three days, as much rain fell as normally falls in three months,” said Goran Mihajlovic, of Serbia’s Meteorological Institute. “Statistically, such rainfall happens once in 100 years,” he added.
Today, Serbian rescue crews are feverishly working to protect a power plant threatened by the flooding, writes the Associated Press.
The historic rain event originated from an unusually strong area of low pressure extending from the surface to high altitudes. The spiraling weather system drew large quantities of moisture from the Mediterranean and hit a major atmospheric roadblock that forced it to stall and dump heavy rain on the same locations for two days.
More photos of the storm’s terrible toll can be seen in the gallery below….