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Storm brings southern Sweden to standstill

Published tisdag 27 december 2016 kl 10.48
Storm Urd
A flooded street in Helsingborg in the trail of Storm Urd. Credit: Björn Lindgren/TT

The Öresund Bridge was closed for traffic and trains were cancelled in the south of Sweden before Storm Urd reached its peak early on Tuesday morning.

Storm Urd, known as Storm Conor in the UK, reached its highest wind speed of 122 km/h west coast due to high water levels, and some 3000 homes were affected by a power outage. Around 2000 homes in the Götaland region still lacked electricity on Tuesday morning.

Apart from material damage, the storm was milder than expected, and there have been no reports of people being injured.

The southern region of Skåne saw wind speeds of around 90 km/h, and the Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden was closed for traffic until 2:40 AM on Tuesday. Trains were cancelled as a safety precaution, but started running again in some western parts of the country, while trains in the southernmost parts could remain cancelled until 3pm, according to the Swedish Transport Administration. 

The storm reached its peak around midnight, and although the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) lifted its previous weather warning, a new class 1 warning was issued for strong gales along the west and Baltic coasts, and for strong wind and drifting snow across large parts of Norrland. 

“It’s mainly southern Norrland that could be windy for most of today, and also the Lapland mountains and Gotland. But apart from that we expect the winds to subside. After that we will have a high-pressure ridge approaching, with rather calm wind conditions,” Eva Strandberg at SMHI told Swedish Radio.

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