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Storm cause havoc in Sweden - Many without electricity and increased traffic problems

Monday, 28 November 2011
Nature clinched its fist last night and hit the Nordic coastline regions of Sweden and Norway leaving behind a trail of major traffic disruptions and electricity cuts.

Most severely affected in Sweden were southern provinces of Skåne and Halland where many trees fell when wind speed was recorded at about 33 meters per second. SOS Alarm rescue service reported that the situation was hectic.

At most, emergency services have been all out flat and what has happened is that a lot of trees and branches have been blown over crushing power lines. According to the National Agency for Civil Contingencies trees right now are especially vulnerable.

“We have such a weather situation in Sweden now that the trees are very sensitive. It's very wet soil and there is no frost, which means that the trees are far more vulnerable than if we had frost and a little drier ground, says Lars-Gunnar Strandberg of the National Agency for Civil Contingencies to Radio Sweden.

The winds had trees to collapse, roof tiles falling down and in some cases an entire roof was blown away by the wind. Wind speeds were recorded on average at 33 meters per second. Despite this, no serious injuries or deaths have been reported in Sweden, according to Lars-Gunnar Strandberg.

However, there were many who saw their cars, trains and air travel interrupted by the storm.
Because of the fallen trees there are still problems on the roads and rail traffic in southern Sweden.
With regard to rail traffic, there is now traffic stop on West Coast Line between Gothenburg - Malmo and between Emmaboda - Karlskrona. According to the Swedish Transport Administration the stoppage will hang on for the rest of the day. Yesterday evening's storm also caused problems in air traffic.
According to reports, the three major airports Malmo, Gothenburg and Stockholm / Arlanda have reopened now. But the impact of cancellations and diverted flights during Sunday evening is weighing heavily on both passengers and the carriers. Travellers are urged to somehow contact the airlines to get details about their journey.

According to the Swedish met office, the SMHI , the winds will continue to diminish during the day, but in some places the wind blows will still be serious according to the SMHI.

“On the island of Gotland and parts of southern Norrland, there is still a Class 1 warning and very strong gusts. It means that it can blow up to 21 meters per second in gusts during the morning, but the warnings will be removed after which the storm subsides,” says the SMHI.

Nearly 45 000 households in southern Sweden is without electricity. Most affected customers are those of have electricity company Eon which out now investigating the extent of the storm's effect.
By Scancomark.se Team


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