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Storm ‘Emil’ barrels north over Sweden

Storm ‘Emil’ barrels north over Sweden

Published: 04 Jan 2012 06:52 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Jan 2012 06:52 GMT+01:00

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI, issued a Class 2 warning for western and southern Sweden on Tuesday evening, as the new storm approached.

“The warning is limited to the west coast during Wednesday morning and the remainder of the area over the course of the day,” said forecaster Annette Berglund to news agency TT.

A Class 2 warning is classified as weather which could pose a danger to the public, cause major damage to property and major disruptions in essential services.

When the storm reached Sweden’s west coast overnight, it was in such strength that the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) immediately closed two bridges in the area.

By then, the winds had reportedly reached 31 metres per second in Uddevalla and Gothenburg.

“The wind will lose in force, but it will be windy all day while the low pressure area moves east,” Berglund said.

Ferry traffic between the Baltic island of Gotland on the east coast and the mainland was halted already on Tuesday as a precaution.

At midnight, rail traffic on eleven routes in Skåne County in the south were closed, and the transport administration is on alert to close more, should it be deemed necessary.

In Denmark, Emil reached unexpected force late on Tuesday evening, where winds of 31.2 metres per second were noted; the strongest winds in Denmark since 2005, according to local paper Ekstrabladet.

Sweden’s three main power companies; Eon, Vattenfall and Fortum announced around 5am on Wednesday that more than 15, 000 customers had their power cut off in southern and western Sweden, due to the storm felling trees over power lines.

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11:43 January 4, 2012 by gabeltoon
This storm left SCOTLAND without power and bridges closed for most of Tuesday.Many trees were blown over . This is about the fourth storm to hit this winter.Seems we are going to see more of this weather in the future.
14:43 January 4, 2012 by skogsbo
yeah, all to do with the jet streams location this winter, no big stable high pressures, just one low pressure system after the next!
00:58 January 5, 2012 by mcarroll1
This is global warming and will get worse. It is the sea that is warming up not the earth. The warmer sea pushes huge volunes of moisture into the air which form clouds which drop the pressure increase the winds and deluge us in rain. Unfortunately each year the sea will retain one or two degrees more than last year after winter and the process will continue to deteriorate until it gets totally out of hand. We have had continuous storm force winds blowing over the North British Isles and the North Sea for two months now with no sign of a let up. You have the mildest Dec in God knows how many years in Sweden. We are in big trouble in our neck of the woods here folks.
07:43 January 5, 2012 by karex
@mccarroll

Agree with you partially. The use of the term "global warming" is not ideal however. When we get two winters in a row with sub-arctic temperatures starting as early as October, folks just scoff it off saying "where's the global warming?". Of course they know not what they are talking about. In any case, "global climate change" I think reflects the reality better as it brings about extreme weather conditions - on both sides of the spectrum. That's how we have experienced colder than normal winters, followed by a warmer than normal winter. This is just the beginning and it wil get worse over the years.
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