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Sweden counts cost of Storm Gorm's damage

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Sweden counts cost of Storm Gorm's damage
The clear-up operation after Storm Gorm ripped through Sweden. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
15:33 CET+01:00
A powerful storm unleashing its force on Sweden this week was expected to leave behind a several million kronor bill in its wake after authorities began to take stock of the damage.

Gorm the Storm recorded wind speeds of up to 32 metres per second when it ripped through southern and western Sweden on Sunday night, leaving a trail of destruction.

Tens of thousands of customers were left without power, while residents reported everything from broken window panes to entire roofs blowing off and walls collapsing.

Major insurance company Länsförsäkringar told The Local on Wednesday afternoon that it had received around 1,300 reports of damage by customers hit by the strong winds – around half the number reported following a similar autumn storm ('Simone') in 2013.

"But we don't know the extent of the damages yet. We estimate that it's going to cost around 40-50 million kronor, probably closer to 50 million ($5.74)," said spokesperson Ingemar Helgesson.

IN PICTURES: Storm Gorm wreaks havoc in southern Sweden

A massive clear-up operation was still under way three days after the storm, named 'Gorm' by Danish meteorologists, toppled around 2.5 million cubic metres of forests in the Skåne, Blekinge, Halland and Småland regions, predicted to rack up a costly bill for authorities.

"Storm-felled forest almost always means a financial loss," said Stig Hermansson of the Swedish Forest Agency, the national authority in charge of woodland maintenance.

The figure beats the storm Simone (named 'St Jude' in the UK and 'Christian' in Germany), which tore through the same area on October 28th-29th two years ago, tearing down between 1.5 and 2 million cubic metres of forest.

However, both remain far behind Sweden's most powerful storm in the past decade, 'Gudrun', which laid waste to a whopping 75 million cubic metres when it swept through the country back in 2005.

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