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Blackout in the South, Storm Warning across Iceland

A forceful storm and blizzard hit southeast Iceland last night with winds reaching up to 30 meters per second in Höfn. In the Sudursveit rural district power line poles snapped, causing a blackout in a large area.


A mild snowstorm in east Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The area will remain powerless for some time as the weather doesn’t permit repairs. The wind picked up speed again this morning after having calmed during the night, reports.

Search and rescue crews were called out in east Iceland to transport a patient to the hospital in Neskaupstadur as the mountain pass Oddskard was impassible. The storm is expected to peak in the early afternoon with a blizzard in the north.

There is a risk of jet streams in many locations around the country, such as below Mt. Hafnarfjall near Borgarnes and on the southern Snaefellsnes peninsula in the west and below the Eyjafjöll mountain range in the south.

Disturbances to domestic flights are to be expected and people are asked not to travel between regions by car. Travel by sea is also not recommended, as the storm is raging offshore.

Very few ships are out; only some larger ones. Trawlers have sought shelter inside fjords in the east and a transport vessel en route to Neskaupstadur is waiting for the weather to clear southeast of Stokksnes peninsula, unable to sail in any direction.

Scattered sea ice is approaching the country northeast of Horn, the northernmost point of the West Fjords peninsula, according to a report from a ship sailing there last night but there are currently no vessels in the area.

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