Swedish woman on morning walk killed by lightning

A 51-year-old woman died on Saturday after she was struck by lightning during a storm near the city of Eskilstuna.

Swedish woman on morning walk killed by lightning
Photo: TT

The victim had gone for a walk in the municipality of Kvicksund – a fifteen-minute drive from the city of Eskilstuna (Södermanland County)- when she was caught out in the open by a heavy thunderstorm.

“Once the (Saturday morning) storm had passed, relatives began to worry why the woman hadn’t returned home and went out to look for her,” police officer Martin Detterström told Swedish news agency TT.

The woman’s family found her around 3.30 in the afternoon lying on the ground unconscious.

Emergency services were unable to resuscitate her.

The victim’s 40-year-old friend was also seriously injured during the meteorological incident and is currently being treated at Mälardalens Hospital in Eskilstuna.

There were 10,000 electric discharges in the Swedish skies on Friday alone and 20,000 on July 29th, but many of these lightning bolts never strike the ground. 

On average, only person is killed by lightning every year in Sweden. 



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Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

Large areas of Sweden saw extreme levels of rain over the weekend, with the city of Linköping receiving more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours, twice as it usually receives in the whole of August. 

Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

According to Swedish weather forecaster SMHI, the Linköping-Malmslätt area received 96mm between Saturday night at 8am on Sunday morning. The area normally received between 60mm and 70mm in August as a whole. 

“There was such an absurd amount of rain that the data was at first rejected by our system,” Therese Fougman, a meteorologist at the forecaster, told Sweden’s TT newswire. “It is continuing to rain during the day, and it is lying in a band over Östergötland, Sörmland och further up towards Uppland, predicting there would be a further 40mm to 50mm in the next 12 hours. 

The downpours have led to flooding in several areas, and caused traffic problem with cars at risk of aquaplaning on roads such as the E18, which were covered in a thick layer of water. 

Lennart Ågren, who was the duty leader of rescue services in Östra Götaland, told TT on Sunday afternoon that rescuers had been called out to several floods in Linköping and Mantorp. 

“There were streets under water, and water was running into properties so we had to throw all our resources at it for several hours,” he said. 

In Jönköping, rescue services were called out to flooding at a school and in other places, while in Växjö, lightening hit close to the place where a student party was being held at the local university campus. 

In Linköping, rescue services told TT that they had been called out 30 times. “We’ve been stretched but have managed to handle it,” said Pedher Helmer, who was in charge of rescue services in Östergötland over the weekend. 

The heavy rain is expected to move to Blekinge, Skåne, Öland and Gotland over the coming days, with a risk for flooding.