• Sweden edition
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 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.

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

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

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

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.
Today's headlines
Police turn blind eye to Swedish 'slave trade'
File photo: TT

Police turn blind eye to Swedish 'slave trade'

Police in Gothenburg have confirmed that sex trafficking in the city has developed into a full-blown slave trade - but that they lack the resources to do anything about it. READ  

Pirate Bay inmate claims religious persecution
Photo: TT/The Missionary Church of Kopimism

Pirate Bay inmate claims religious persecution

Peter Sunde has complained to prison authorities that his religious rights have been impinged after he was refused permission to contact a representative of a church inspired by the keyboard shortcuts for cut and paste. READ  

Stockholm 'bomb man' jailed and deported
Police at the scene of the threat in June. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Stockholm 'bomb man' jailed and deported

The 43-year-old man who threatened Stockholm's Gamla Stan with a bomb in June was sentenced on Friday to two years in jail, followed by deportation. READ  

Swedish police: 'We're sweaty all the time'
Swedish cops are unhappy with the heat. Photo: Håkan Dahlström/Flickr

Swedish police: 'We're sweaty all the time'

Swedish weather agencies say the summer's warmest day is yet to come, but police in the north have decided that they can't take the heat - and filed a report about the own stifling police station. READ  

SAS resumes flights from Stockholm to Tel Aviv
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

SAS resumes flights from Stockholm to Tel Aviv

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has resumed flights from Stockholm to Tel Aviv after the airline completed a 'thorough security analysis' of the situation in Israel. READ  

Swedish man stabs woman and kills himself
A Stockholm police car. File photo: TT

Swedish man stabs woman and kills himself

A man and a woman, reported to be both 45-years-old, were found dead on Thursday in an apartment on Lidingö in Stockholm with police suspecting a murder and suicide. READ  

Police fear arson after Sweden mosque fire
Central Norrköping in eastern Sweden. Photo: Stefan Vilcans

Police fear arson after Sweden mosque fire

Swedish police suspect arson after buildings at a mosque in Norrköping in eastern Sweden burned down in the early hours of Friday morning. READ  

'Moving wasn't a choice, Sweden called to me'

'Moving wasn't a choice, Sweden called to me'

Caught in an identity limbo and surrounded by often apathetic "love refugees", The Local's resident Swedophile Solveig Rundquist wonders if she's the only expat who moved to Sweden for the culture alone. READ  

Swedish inmates to receive digital tablets
Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

Swedish inmates to receive digital tablets

Sweden's Prison and Probation Services are beginning a project in which suspected criminals will be given surf tablets to look at evidence against them. READ  

Snake hunt after man claims playground bite
The Swedish adder. Photo: Piet Spaans

Snake hunt after man claims playground bite

A man claimed to have been bitten by a poisonous snake at a paddling pool in Gothenburg on Thursday prompting a hunt which ended without a trace of the offending reptile. READ  

Swedes voted 'most beautiful' in the Nordics
Business & Money
Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax
Swedish organic sales enjoy 'amazing' growth
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
What's On in Sweden
People-watching July 23
Blog updates

24 July

Sharing our Pride: Celebrating Love & the LGBT Community! (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"It’s mid- July in Stockholm, and with much of the city on vacation, things can seem a little quiet – the streets, the bus, and the grocery store. One thing that has not paused for a summer break, though, is preparation for Stockholm’s Pride Festival, which will take place from July 28 to August 2...." READ »


22 July

Det (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! “Det” is a personal pronoun that can be used in many ways, and it might me confusing if you always translate “det” to English “it”. In this article I will do my best to guide you to how to use “det”. Det replacing a word, a phrase or a clause Let us begin with the less confusing..." READ »

Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'
Business & Money
New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
People-watching Båstad
Business & Money
Sweden falls to third in global innovation index
Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch
Photo: Andreas Nordström/Image Bank Sweden
Top ten Swedish beach hot spots
Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Finest.se
People-watching July 15-16
Photo: Ola Ericson/Image Bank Sweden
What's On in Sweden
Photo: Lisa Mikulski
Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner
Princess Estelle steals limelight at mum's birthday
Swedes risk infants' lives by covering up prams
Swede runs for office just using Bitcoin funds
People-watching July 11-13
Malmö mayor slams Danish beggar ban
Swedish anti-abortion midwife sues county
Swede's salary chopped for Facebook use
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at: