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'Tropical hurricane' Katia batters Sweden

TT/The Local/dl · 13 Sep 2011, 17:04

Published: 13 Sep 2011 17:04 GMT+02:00

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Rail traffic in western Sweden was delayed on Tuesday, with several trains brought to a standstill after several trees were blown down over the tracks, according to the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket).

Winds from the storm were so strong that they blew a car off a road and into the ditch near Tjörn on Sweden's west coast.

“It's really blowing here and there is an open field so he may have been surprised by the sudden gusts,” Jörgen Simonsson of the Tjörn emergency services told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The young driver of the car was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Katia, which was previously classified as a hurricane before heading across the Atlantic, is expected to move north across Sweden on Tuesday night.

Several hundred households had lost power by Tuesday, a number of bridges on Sweden's west coast were closed due to high winds, and several areas reported minor flooding in Katia's wake.

Around lunchtime on Tuesday, the town of Såtenäs on the south coast of Lake Vänern in central Sweden was measuring wind gusts of up to 60 kilometres/hour.

However, there remains a risk that winds could get even stronger, according to Swedish meterological agency SMHI.

“They're going to increase, with the strongest winds likely to come during the afternoon or evening,” SMHI meterologist Lovisa Andersson told the TT news agency.

According to the local Bohusläningen newspaper, the Bohusbanan train line in western Sweden has been blocked due to down trees. In addition, a number of other routes have been canceled.

Motorists have also been warned against driving large vehicles like campers and trucks that may be sensitive to gusty winds over the Öresund Bridge, which connects Sweden to Denmark in the south.

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Early on Tuesday, a man escaped with minor injuries after strong winds from Katia's remnants blew a tree down over the car he was driving between Gislaved and Anderstorp in Småland in south central Sweden.

The car, however, suffered major damage and needed to be towed from the site.

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

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Your comments about this article

17:54 September 13, 2011 by summo
and it's still a Tropical Hurricane, are the local's editors just teenage computer geeks? Come on, get a grip.

BREAKING NEWS out of ten of thousands of commuters in Scandanavia a car has been blown off the road and another had a tree land on it. This is truely shocking, I fully expect this to be headlined on CNN and Sky News around the world !!
21:57 September 13, 2011 by blursd
Judging from the melodrama (and gross exaggeration) in this article the only conclusion I can come to is that the entire Local staff is populated by teenage girls.

Stay tuned for coverage of the "Great Stockholm Earthquake" ... actually just Gaspar, a 200 kilo man, falling out of his bed ... but it's all the same thing, right?
22:01 September 13, 2011 by summo
yeah I imagine that the insurance companies are also bracing themselves for a barrage of claims, this is easily the windiest day we have had since Monday.
23:17 September 13, 2011 by wxman
"Tropical hurricane"? First of all, all hurricanes are tropical. Secondly, this storm is no longer tropical, but what is called "extra-tropical", since it had moved into the mid and upper latitudes over cooler water. Further, its winds are no where near hurricane strength any longer. Therefore, this storm is neither tropical or a hurricane. Media journalista hype from the one's at university that couldn't understand math or science. You remember them, don't you? Now, move along.
03:23 September 14, 2011 by MarcAmerica
This is beyond belief, to see a hurricane in your part of the world. We here on the east & southern coasts of the USA have this every August & September. I always thought that in a much more northern area this type of weather couldn't happen.
07:51 September 14, 2011 by isenhand

Does happen, but not as often as in the US. Last hurricane force storm hit in 2007 and we had one in 2004.
19:44 September 14, 2011 by J Jack
H a Ha H a! Hurricanes are not called tropical because they are already duh. Tropical storms are weaker than hurricanes and don't have an eye. So how can a publication seriously call something a tropical hurricane? The weather bands from Katia that reached Northern Europe were only that and not even tropical. You can't call something a hurricane if it doesn't have an eye but you can use 'hurricane force, to describe any wind over 74 mph (33 m/s). Katia on the West coast of Sweden was average 17 m/s. No wonder the weather people in Sweden always get the forecast wrong. The Local also got the after-cast wrong. It was good for the windsurfers :-)
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