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IN PICTURES: Thunderstorms hit trains and roads in southern Sweden

Severe thunderstorms and heavy winds on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning have delayed trains and disrupted road traffic across southern Sweden, according to the Swedish Transport Administration.

IN PICTURES: Thunderstorms hit trains and roads in southern Sweden
A lightning bolt spreads out over the sea at the Scaniabadet swimming area in Malmö on Tuesday night. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
“There was a huge amount of lightening over night and this morning, and that knocked out the power systems,” Katarina Wolfram, a press spokesperson for the Agency told the DN newspaper. “On several stretches, barriers are down at level crossings even though there is no train coming.” 
 
Lightning strikes near the Turning Torso in Malmö's Western Harbour district. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
 
The routes between Hässleholm and Kalmar, Karlskrona and Kalmar, and Värnamo and Alvesta have all been affected.
 
Wolfram said it had been difficult to carry out repairs in the morning as there was still a risk of lightning strikes. 
 
“Lightning and working on electrical faults are not the best combination, so we are not sending out personnel to areas where there are still thunderstorms,” she said. 
 
The administration expects normal traffic to resume after midday. 
 
According to Sweden's state weather forecaster, parts of northern Skåne received as much as 24mm of rainfall on Tuesday night, while a photographer for the TT newswire took spectacular photos of forked lightning in the skies of Malmö.
 
The storm front is now moving north towards Östergötland in central Sweden. 
 
Lightning in the skies above Malmö on Tuesday night. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

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TRAVEL

Summer heat causes Swedish rail delays as tracks buckle

This weekend’s heatwave in Sweden proved troublesome for train passengers on the Sundsvall–Timrå route after buckled tracks resulted in disruptions.

Summer heat causes Swedish rail delays as tracks buckle
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Although Norrtåg reassured passengers that replacement buses would be provided on affected routes, national operator SJ experienced difficulties procuring enough buses, TT reported on Saturday.

The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) said it expected the issue to be resolved by Sunday.

“We have three trains that will be redirected. They will be up to four hours late,” SJ press spokesperson Anders Edgren said on Saturday.

Another route, between Boden and Murjek, was also reported to have been disrupted by buckling on the tracks.

Although both routes were expected to be running normally on Sunday, travellers are advised to check journeys in advance.

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