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Rain causes power cuts across east Sweden

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Rain causes power cuts across east Sweden
Strong winds are battering Stockholm and the east coast of Sweden. Photo: TT
15:21 CEST+02:00
Heavy rain and wind have left thousands without electricity in eastern Sweden, with ferries also disrupted by the storm.

Vattenfall is among the worst affected areas, with 6400 people coping without power. 3000 homes around Uppsala are affected.

Stockholm's emergency services reported a surge in calls on Monday morning, as drivers reported fallen trees blocking roads around the Swedish capital.

There is no hot water in Gälve according to local newspaper Gälve Dagblad.

"We do not know if it's the weather or something else behind it," Björn Tusås, Head of Marketing and Communications at Gävle Energy, told the paper.

Ferry services between Oskarshamn and Visby have been disrupted.

Heavy rain is expected again across Östergötland and Södermanland on Tuesday, according to the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI). It has predicted up to 50 milimetres could fall in the next 24 hours.

A gale warning has also been issued around the islands of Öland and Gotland.

"It is verging on storm strength", Sofia Söderberg, duty meteorologist at SMHI told newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

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