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The storm Egon hits southern Sweden

Updated lördag 10 januari 2015 kl 17.46
Published lördag 10 januari 2015 kl 10.29
En ögonblicksbild från Rv55 mellan Strängnäs och Enköping. Foto: Petter Sand/Sveriges Radio.
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The storm Egon hits Highway 55 between Strängnäs och Enköping, Photo: Petter Sand/Sveriges Radio

A storm, called by the weather authorities Egon, has moved into southern Sweden, with heavy winds along with rain or snow. The Swedish weather service SMHI has extended its Class 2 storm warning  to the entire southern region of Götaland, as well as in Dalarna and Gävleborg, north of Uppsala, in expectation of heavy snowfall.

Many traffic accidents have been reported, and a number of roads and bridges have been closed. Flooding has been reported in the center of Uddevalla, where gt.se says around 30 cars are under water.

Rail service on several routes in southern and western Sweden has been closed, including the lines between Varberg and Borås, Helsingborg and Kävlinge, Uddevalla and Strömstad, and Halmstad and Värnamo. The Swedish Transport Administration says traffic is expected to resume on Sunday.

Rail traffic between Gothenburg and Malmö is also being disrupted, with delays, and possibly buses replacing trains on some sections.

The Stena Line  has suspended its ferry service between Trelleborg and Sassnitz in Germany.

Power companies have also brought in extra personnel to deal with expected problems.

A Class 2 warning means possible threats to the public, major material damage and major disturbances in important public services.

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