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Storm Alexander milder than feared

Published lördag 13 december 2014 kl 11.08
Photo: Johan NIlsson /TT
A pedestrian fought against the wind yesterday in Malmö. Photo: Johan NIlsson /TT

Storm Alexander, which rolled in over southern Sweden on Friday night, ended up being less severe than feared, according to meteorologist Sandra Andersson from the Swedish national weather service.

The storm ended up taking a more southern route than what meteorologists had first predicted, and this is why it ended up having a milder effect, according to news agency TT. In fact, only one weather station, Hanö, recorded sustained storm-strength winds.

Andersson says that there were very few traffic disruptions and that no big roads needed to be closed off, nor any in the smaller road networks.

However, the Jönköping area got a lot of snow, which did create some problems.

Some train trips had to be cancelled when a tree fell onto an overhead contact wire on the line between Nässjö and Jönköping. There were also planned cancellations, due to safety concerns, in southern Sweden, including in Malmö, Ystad and Simrishamn, and the trains will gradually return to servicing those routes on Saturday.

This morning, Storm Alexander was heading east, away from Sweden.

"It's still windy out on Gotland, but the wind will subside when the low pressure moves away from us," says Andersson.

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