How to prepare for Storm Babet if you're in southern Sweden

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How to prepare for Storm Babet if you're in southern Sweden
Workers build temporary flood protection in Skanör, southern Sweden, ahead of Storm Babet. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Storm Babet, which has already raged over the UK, northern Germany and Denmark, is heading for southern Sweden on Friday. How should you prepare?


Plan ahead

Keep an eye on the weather forecast, and if you do have to travel, check for disruptions on your planned route.

The Swedish Transport Administration has details of road closures here and rail closures here, and you can check your local transport service's website for any planned disruptions to buses or trains, too.

From 3pm on Friday the following train lines will be closed for at least 24 hours (correct as of noon on Friday):

Svågertorp-Trelleborg, Svågertorp-Simrishamn, Ramlösa-Teckomatorp-Eslöv, Karlskrona–Kristianstad. Rail replacement buses will be put in place, southern Swedish transport service Skånetrafiken writes on its website, although these could also be cancelled.

A number of bus routes in Skåne will also be cancelled on Friday evening. Here's the full list


Trains between Kalmar and Linköping will not be running, nor will the Halmstad-Värnamo line.

There is also a risk of the Öresund bridge having to close if wind speeds reach more than 25 metres per second. Bridge authorities warn that the risk of closure is greatest from 8pm on Friday to early Saturday morning.

In addition to this, some flights are cancelled from Copenhagen airport (mainly smaller aircraft), and all TT Line ferries on Friday from Travemünde and Rostock in Germany, Trelleborg in Sweden and Świnoujście in Poland are cancelled.

Skånetrafiken urges travellers to stay at home if possible.


Protect your home

It's a good idea to make sure gutters, drains and similar are cleared of dead leaves or other debris so any water can drain away quickly. Raise anything in your cellar that can't get wet off the ground or bring it upstairs into the rest of your home.

If you live in a house, bring any garden furniture inside, and make sure any loose items that could be moved by the wind like trampolines or bins are securely tied down or packed away.

Make sure you're prepared if there's a power outage with everything you need easily accessible, like a torch, matches, candles, blankets and a battery powered radio, as well as some food or snacks you can prepare without power.

You can also use sandbags and plastic for makeshift flood protection.

After the storm

Check your house and any other buildings for storm damage. Look for loose roof tiles, chimneys or similar, and remove any debris from the roof once the storm is over. Report any storm damage to your insurance company.


Which buses are cancelled?

The following bus routes in Skåne are cancelled (correct as of 3.30pm on Friday):

From 10.40am
SkåneExpressen 15: Malmö – Skanör

From 1.30pm
Regional bus 177: Staffanstorp-Malmö

From 3pm
SkåneExpressen 10: Örkelljunga - Helsingborg

From 6pm:
Ystad city buses: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Trelleborg city buses: 1, 2 and 10

Regional bus 103: Höllviken-Lund
Regional bus 141: Svedala-Malmö
Regional bus 144: Anderslöv-Östra Grevie
Regional bus 145: Trelleborg-Svedala
Regional bus 146: Trelleborg-Malmö
Regional bus 148: Torup-Malmö
Regional bus 150: Klågerup-Vellinge
Regional bus 152: Höllviken
Regional bus 165: Svedala-Lund
Regional bus 181: Trelleborg-Vellinge
Regional bus 183: Trelleborg-Anderslöv
Regional bus 184: St Beddinge-Trelleborg
Regional bus 190: Ystad-Trelleborg
Regional bus 300: Falsterbo-Hyllie
Regional bus 301: Ystad-Sjöbo
Regional bus 305: Abbekås-Skurup
Regional bus 307: Ystad-Skurup
Regional bus 321: Simrishamn-Skillinge
Regional bus 322: Skillinge-Ystad
Regional bus 330: Sjöbo-Hörby
Regional bus 337: Ystad-Tomelilla
Regional bus 338: Tomelilla-Sjöbo
Regional bus 340: Sjöbo-Fränninge
Regional bus 341: Sjöbo-Veberöd
Regional bus 379: Vellinge-Östra Grevie
Regional bus 571: Simrishamn-Ystad
Regional bus 574: Simrishamn-Brösarp
Regional bus 575: Simrishamn-Gärsnäs
Regional bus 577: Simrishamn-Skillinge
Regional bus 579: Tomelilla-S:t Olof

SkåneExpressen 3: Simrishamn-Kristianstad
SkåneExpressen 4: Ystad-Kristianstad
SkåneExpressen 5: Simrishamn-Lund
SkåneExpressen 8: Sjöbo-Malmö


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