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West Sweden faces rush hour chaos after storm

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West Sweden faces rush hour chaos after storm
Train services in west Sweden have been delayed. Photo: TT
08:20 CET+01:00
Several train routes in west Sweden were facing severe delays on Monday after a heavy storm - known as Egon - hit the region over the weekend, while thousands remained without power.

Energy companies admitted that around 5500 people in west Götaland were without electricity on Monday morning, with 4000 affected in northern Halland.

Busses were replacing trains on several lines during the morning rush hour including connections between Uddevall and Boras and Boras and Varberg. There were also delays to services connecting Gothenburg and Malmö and Gothenburg and Alsingsås.

Fallen trees were also causing havoc on roads in southern Sweden.

A new school being built in Färjestaden on Öland collapsed in the storm on Sunday night, according to local radio station P4 Kalmar.

“The first walls were built before the weekend, but Egon destroyed them like a house of cards,” one journalist at the station reported.

There were also reports of roofs blowing off churches and the Swedish Employment Service’s office in Småland.

Emergency services in Stockholm reported sixteen injuries linked to the windy weather.

About 55 people were evacuated from their homes in Denmark after Egon and Dagmar, the storm which preceded it, pushed sea levels in parts of the country to the highest levels ever recorded. 

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