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The storm slowly winding down

Updated söndag 11 januari 2015 kl 13.50
Published söndag 11 januari 2015 kl 10.44
Egon, storm, Öresundsbron
The Öresund Bridge was closed for seven hours, Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The storm Egon has moved on from southern Sweden, and roads and bridges are reopening, suspended rail and ferry traffic resuming. Floods, heavy snowfall, and strong winds caused major problems. At lunchtime Sunday some 40,000 households were still without electricity.

Swedish Radio News says the storm winds reached hurricane strength, and a Class 2 wind warning is still in effect for the Baltic islands of Gotland and Öland, which means possible threats to the public, major material damage and major disturbances in important public services. But the winds are expected to ease during the afternoon.

Heavy snow is still expected along the Uppland coast and the county of Gävleborg, and there is still a Class 1 alert there, with some risks for the public and disturbances in some public services.

Denmark’s Ritzau news agency report at 2:45 AM Sunday morning that traffic had resumed over the Öresund bridge, after a seven hour closure. Both the Uddevalla Bridge and the Älvsborg Bridge in Gothenburg were closed during the height of the storm. Some 30 cars were reported to be under water because of the flooding in Uddevalla.

A number of flights to Gothenburg’s Landvetter airport and Skavsta airport outside Nyköping were diverted to other airports. Rail lines are resuming, but on a restricted schedule.

Roads in southern Sweden have been blocked by fallen trees.

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