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Öresund Bridge reopened after strong winds

Published torsdag 14 september 2017 kl 09.49
The scene outside of Malmö station on Wednesday.
The scene outside of Malmö station on Wednesday. Credit: Johan Nilsson/TT

Strong winds whipping through southern Sweden last night led to the temporary closure of the Öresund Bridge, connecting Sweden to Denmark, but this morning, the Swedish national weather service told news agency TT that the wind has started to die down.

The nearly eight kilometer-long bridge was closed for a couple hours, starting from 11 PM. 

Several ferries were cancelled on Wednesday evening. And an SAS plane that was supposed to land at Sturup airport outside of Malmö was rerouted to Ängelholm, where the weather was better.

Some train service has been cancelled until Thursday afternoon, replaced with bus service, due to the risk of fallen trees on the railways.

While the storm led to three fatalities in Germany, there have been no injuries reported in Sweden. And whether or not the winds in Sweden constituted a storm at all is up for debate. The winds were strongest over the sea - in the Bight of Hanö bay, and between Sweden, Germany and Poland. In Sweden, the strongest winds that the national weather service measured sailed through the beach town of Falsterbo at 28.3 meters per second.

"so, you can say that they were storm winds, in that they were over 25 meters per second. But it's a coastal station, so it's silly to say 'storm', because it's often pretty windy there," meteorologist Charlotta Eriksson told TT.

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