Flood warnings after one month’s rain falls in less than 24 hours

Flood warnings after one month's rain falls in less than 24 hours
Waves crash in in Malmö on Sunday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Swedish weather authorities are urging people to brace for harsh winds and potential floods in the wake of Storm Dennis.

Sweden's national weather agency SMHI issued class-one alerts (the least serious kind on a scale from one to three) for strong winds in the southern and central-western regions Värmland, Örebro, Västra Götaland, Halland, Blekinge, and most of Småland and Skåne apart from the east coast.

A class-two alert was in place for areas around streams and rivers in Halland and parts of Västra Götaland, with SMHI warning of high flows “at a level that occurs on average every 10 to 50 years”.

The warning comes after around 30-40 millimetres of rain came down in several parts in the regions, and even up to 50 millimetres in some places – as much rain as the regions normally get over the whole of February.

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And a minor storm is also moving in on Monday, just after Storm Dennis wreaked havoc in northern Europe on Sunday. A four-year-old girl was injured after a tree toppled over in the strong winds in Denmark.

“It's a similar situation as yesterday,” SMHI meteorologist Jon Jörpeland told Swedish news agency TT on Monday morning. “We're expecting south-western wind at wind speeds of more than 21 m/s.”

Swedish vocabulary

warning – (en) varning

storm – (en) storm

weather – (ett) väder

rain – (ett) regn

wind – (en) vind


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