Autumn's first storm lashes southeast coast

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Storm Knud has people in Västra Götaland county preparing for high winds and rains as the first storm of the autumn makes its way toward the southeast coast.

The storm, which is moving in from the UK and Ireland, is expected to make landfall on Friday afternoon and continue inland throughout the evening and into Saturday.

As of Friday morning, the national weather service SMHI has issued class 2 warnings - its second highest on a three-point scale - for the city of Gothenburg and parts of Västra Götaland county. The rest of southern and central Sweden are under a class 1 warning, the agency's lowest.

The strong winds could pose a problem for traffic and electric lines in the area. Already several rail lines have been affected and ferries between Denmark and southeast Sweden have been cancelled or seen their departures pushed back several hours.

Jon Jörpeland, a meteorologist at SMHI, tells Radio Sweden that people in the path of the storm should be careful when going outside.

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