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Hurricane-force winds batter northern Sweden

File photo of the Áhkká mountain in the Stora Sjöfallet national park. Photo: Hans-Olof Utsi/imagebank.sweden.s

Published: 18.Feb.2019 07:45 hrs

Hurricane-strength winds hit the Stora Sjöfallet national park in northern Sweden over the weekend, but mountain rescuers were still called out to save hikers who tried to defy the harsh conditions.

Sweden's national weather agency SMHI recorded gusts of up to 156.6 kilometres per hour on Saturday evening, with average wind speeds of around 133 km/h. But the locals were unfazed.

"It was a bit breezy. But it's not unusual for it to be this windy. I've experienced 180 km/h. There was one year when it was really windy and caravans were flying around," Håkan Lundström, who runs a hotel in the Stora Sjöfallet national park, told regional newspaper NSD.

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