Swedish forest companies demand 10bn crowns

Södra Skogsägarna says that the state must inject 10 billion crowns to help protect fallen trees from being destroyed. The organisation representing forest owners in the south of Sweden welcomes government proposals to help those affected, and has come up with the figure of 10 billion crowns to show how much money is needed for PM Göran Persson to live up to his promises.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Industri


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‘Hurricane’ Katia fells trees, disrupts traffic

Trees were felled to the ground, train traffic was halted, and thousands were left without power as the remnants of Hurricane Katia swept through Sweden on Tuesday.

'Hurricane' Katia fells trees, disrupts traffic

The storm winds from Katia will linger in northern areas even on Wednesday, although meteorological office SMHI has downgraded its class one weather warning.

The storm swept in as expected over Sweden’s west coast on Tuesday morning.

Strong winds brought down trees across rail tracks and overhead power lines. Well into Tuesday evening continued Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) working furiously to restore power and to get delayed trains back in the storm track.

Road traffic was also affected in some areas after trees fell across roads.

The wind also caused thousands of power outages in areas spanning Västra Götaland, Värmland, Örebro, Östergötland and Södermanland.

“When there are a lot of interruptions which succeed each other, it may eventually lead to congestion on the lines and that cause new disruptions,” said Mary Lydzell at energy firm Vattenfall’s press service.

The windy weather was expected to persist on Wednesday.

“It is moving quite slowly and quite deep. But it is going to ease off out by the west coast and then continue to slowdown as it pushes across the country, further east,” said Emil Björck, meteorologist at SMHI.

Tuesday’s storm peaked at around 3pm on the west coast with some islands experiencing average wind speed at 80 kilometres per hour with gusts up to 105 kilometres per hour.

The storm peaks at 90 kilometres per hour and a hurricane is defined as being above 115 kilometres per hour.