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Sweden braces for wrath of 'tropical hurricane'

Sweden braces for wrath of 'tropical hurricane'

Published: 12 Sep 2011 16:03 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 Sep 2011 16:03 GMT+02:00

Swedish meteorological institute SMHI has issued a class 1 warning – the agency's lowest warning level on a three-level scale – for western Sweden, warning of winds of up to 86 kilometres/hour.

The warning for strong winds covers Västra Götaland, Bohuslän, Dalsland and Värmland. The agency has furthermore warned of gales in Lake Vänern, the Skagerrak, Kattegatt and Öresund, as well as the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia.

During Tuesday Katia, which has been classified as a low pressure front, will push further up through Norrland.

Katia, a Class 1-hurricane on a five-point scale, eased off in force as it swept the north Atlantic and passed by the British Isles.

Tropical cyclones heading for Sweden are not quite as unusual as they might sound.

"Actually, it happens every now and then. But they rarely arrive as fully-fledged hurricanes. They usually die out pretty quickly when they reach the colder waters of the north Atlantic," explained Emil Björck at Swedish meteorological institute SMHI in a statement at the weekend.

After last week's hurricane Irene, Katia is the eleventh named Atlantic storm this season.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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17:24 September 12, 2011 by summo
so, the second article about the mid atlantic depression reaching Sweden and they still don't know what it's really called.

What is a tropical hurricane when it's at home?

Is Sweden really braced, or because it's just a slightly windier than normal depression, most folk will just put some stones or wood on anything likely to flap or blow away. I haven't seen any pictures of shops being boarded up, are they filling sand bags on the coast in readiness for the storm surge? Perhaps not.
18:29 September 12, 2011 by zircon
Who can spot the eye in the storm?
19:45 September 12, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
Can't the Norwegians do anything to blunt the force of this monster storm?

After all, Sweden allows them to participate in the Nobel prize awards.

They owe Sweden, this courtesy!
20:42 September 12, 2011 by zircon
I feel a temperature rise coming up...
21:16 September 12, 2011 by Rolf100
The picture is a storm coming off the African coast - the North Atlantic can not support a tropical storm! I think it is another Swedish wannabee story.
21:43 September 12, 2011 by blursd
It might have been a hurricane/cyclone at one point, but I seriously doubt it would meet the requisite characteristics to be classified as such when it reaches Sweden. It's just going to be a really bad storm in Sweden ... not a hurricane. If you've ever actually been in a hurricane you'd know how idiotic it would be to compare the two ... It's like comparing a tsunami to a fat kid doing a cannonball in the pool.
21:52 September 12, 2011 by summo
Some countries have some very fat kids these days and a lot of them! If they all jumped into the ocean on eastern sea-board of the USA, would Europe get a wash?

Similar to the if everyone jumped in the air once, would it cause an earthquake!
22:20 September 12, 2011 by graphixperson
It's passing over Skåne right now, or was. Seems like the average rainy, windy Skåne weather.
00:19 September 13, 2011 by muscle
:@ what the hell.. blekinge is always left behind in everything:@
12:14 September 13, 2011 by Twiceshy
A hurricane is a bunch of pine cones flying at 120 km/h into your windows, which can only be stopped by boarding them up with wood. Or even worse, the whole roof getting pulled out by winds, followed by torrential rains flooding the whole house...

A hurricane can cause a tsunami-like sea wave to level houses at the shore, and can fall millions or billions of trees.

That's not what we're getting in Sweden
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