Clean up starts after storm

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Clean up starts after storm

Hurricane winds reaching speeds of up to 140 kilometres per hour drew in over the southern part of Sweden on Friday leaving thousands of households without electricity and 19,000 without telephone.


50,000 household remained without electricity on Saturday morning as the clean up began. Train services remained disrupted and many roads remain blocked as 2,000 fallen trees littered roads in the region.

Customers of the utility Eon were the worst affected. It was unclear on Saturday morning when normal service would be resumed.

"We shall head out during the morning to look for and repair damage. Only then will we have a better overview of the situation," reports Jan-Erik Olsson at Eon.

A number of streets in Gothenburg were flooded due to rising water levels in the harbour. By Saturday morning water levels had returned to normal.

The Swedish Road Administration (Vägverket) was forced to close Uddevalla Bridge due to strong winds. The administration reported that fallen trees had blocked up to 40 roads during the night although no deaths were reported.

Rail operator SJ reported on Saturday morning that there are currently no services between Nässjö and Hässleholm, Gothenburg and Kalmar, Gothenburg and Karlstad and on several other routes. SJ was unable to give a specific forecast as to when services would resume as normal.

Meteorological agency SMHI had issued a storm warning for the entire Götaland region on Friday. The strongest winds eased off across much of the region by late evening. The agency warned that winds would remain strong over the weekend.

"It's going to be windy on Saturday too, although it won't be as bad as today. Winds will however pick up again on Saturday night and Sunday morning," said the agency.


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