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High winds, snow hit southwest Sweden

Published onsdag 10 december 2014 kl 08.55
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High winds and rain in Gothenburg on Wednesday morning. Photo: Margareta G Kubista/TT.

Strong winds are sweeping across Sweden Wednesday morning and have left thousands without power in the southwest.

In Västra Götaland and Värmland counties, high winds have knocked down trees and thrown branches across roadways. Swedish Radio News reports that roughly 3,000 people in Värmland's Hammarö municipality were without power.

The national weather service SMHI has also issued a class-1 warning for the area saying that snowfall combined with strong winds can cause hazardous driving conditions in the southwest as well as in the northern mountains.

A class-1 warning indicates weather conditions that could involve some risks for the public and that could disrupt some infrastructure.

The wind has created traffic problems outside the small municipality of Gislaved, where a truck rollover on a highway and stopped traffic.

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