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Tropical hurricane heading for Sweden

TT/The Local/cg · 11 Sep 2011, 13:16

Published: 11 Sep 2011 13:16 GMT+02:00

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Katia, a Class 1-hurricane on a five-point scale, is predicted to hit the British Isles in the beginning of the week, and from there move on to Sweden on Monday or Tuesday.

The worst of the storm looks to have petered out by the time it reaches Swedish shores, however.

"No hurricane-strength winds will remain when Katia comes here," reassured Emil Björck, meteorologist at meteorological institute SMHI, to news agency TT.

"There may be gale winds on Swedish waters, and hard wind along the coast, but it looks as though Norway will be receiving most of the rain," said Björck.

Tropical cyclones heading for Sweden is not quite as unusual as it 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 Björck.

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

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

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Your comments about this article

15:37 September 11, 2011 by burhanh
Is there a general assumption that the hurricane is going to touch the whole of Sweden? Can there be a clearer map/description of the impact route of the hurricane? For example, will it be passing through the Oresund's region?
16:40 September 11, 2011 by Rick Methven
"will it be passing through the Oresund's region? "

Very unlikely, it will come from the southwes and mostly will effect Norway more than Sweden
22:03 September 11, 2011 by summo
so is it a tropical storm or hurricane? well neither actually, the winds are slower. More duff head lines.
23:19 September 11, 2011 by lewni
What's between "the beginning of the week" and "Monday or Tuesday" ? :x
02:47 September 12, 2011 by old git
depends on your religion...
08:38 September 12, 2011 by karex
I'm not one to complain about the articles here, but this one is full of confusing information. There is a difference between a hurricane, a cyclone and a tropical storm (though the difference between the two latter is somewhat academic). All three words are used to describe the phenomenon in the article.

Moreover, many people can't see a difference between "beginning of the week" and Monday-Tuesday as #4 lewni pointed out. I expect that the use of the two in the article is due to the fact that in Sweden the week starts on Monday and in the US for instance, it starts on Sunday (most likely England too by the looks of the article). Still, to use regional popular knowledge is not a good call for a news article. Particularly popular knowledge from another region than the one where the article was published.
10:00 September 13, 2011 by Scandastic
Katia may be first class but Emil assured us that Katia will not cause a stir when she comes.
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