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'Hurricane' Katia fells trees, disrupts traffic

TT/The Local/pvs · 14 Sep 2011, 07:29

Published: 14 Sep 2011 07:29 GMT+02:00

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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.

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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.

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

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Your comments about this article

09:39 September 14, 2011 by Pont-y-garreg
Another "Google Translate" article full of Swenglish.

Who writes this stuff?
10:22 September 14, 2011 by blursd
Maybe the wind is strong enough it will push the entire country of Sweden to someplace that actually has REAL hurricanes, then the Local staff will learn how stupid they sound when they make it sound like this is Katrina hitting New Orleans.
11:28 September 14, 2011 by summo

It's appalling, the context, past and present tense is all over the place. Missing words here and there too. Like a school magazine or student rag.

What gets me is those involved in these article or folk who write blogs on here, seem to think they are literature experts or cutting edge hacks.
13:04 September 14, 2011 by hatim
Shame on you The Local editors. Shame on you.
17:14 September 14, 2011 by Opinionfool
@pont-y-garreg and @summo

More like English as she is spoke than the lexically weird level of the (old) Gaurniad.
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