The Älvsborg bridge in Gothenburg on Friday. Photo: Adam Ihse / TT
The Älvsborg bridge in Gothenburg on Friday. Photo: Adam Ihse / TT

Heavy winds leave thousands without power

"The winds are very severe and the gusts are about 25 meters per second."
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A storm hit southwestern Sweden on Friday, leaving thousands of people without power, disruptions in rail and road traffic and closed bridges.

A scaffolding in Gothenburg fell due to the strong wind and left one person injured.

"The winds are very severe and the gusts are about 25 meters per second. This means for the traffic that some of the big bridges in the western part of Sweden are closed because of the wind," Gülsen Bergsdal, traffic reporter at Swedish Radio, tells Radio Sweden.

SMHI, the Swedish weather service, has issued a class 2 warning for heavy winds in Västra Götaland, Östergötaland, and Örebro country, and is also warning about winds in Södermanland and Stockholm county.

There is also a warning of heavy snowfall in northern Värmland, Dalarna, and parts of southern Norrland.

UPDATE: At around 19:00, SMHI withdrew the class 2 warnings across the entire country. At around 18:30 there were around 50,000 households without power and Swedish Radio News reported that at 20:15 there were 35,488 housholds without power.

At 20:00, SJ's press spokesperson Dan Olofsson announced a stopping of trains heading south and west from Stockholm's Central Station, but that trains along the west coast have started running again.

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