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Extreme weather conditions hit Iceland

Southern and western Iceland experienced a weekend of extreme weather conditions.

The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, reported winds up to 50 meter per second on Kjalarnes; roof tiles flying off houses in the Westman Islands and twice as many automobile accidents as normally reported. In Reykjavík there were 48 accidents from 7 a.m. Friday morning to noon on Saturday. The roads throughout the country were extremely icy and many were closed.

According to reports, it snowed so heavily in the Westman Islands that people clearing the streets could not keep up. Domestic flights were canceled and police and rescue teams were on call all over the country.

On Saturday morning, kids in Reykjavík took out their sleds and hit their neighborhood slopes. On Sunday, the storm hit the north of Iceland and RÚV reports that over 100 people, including a couple with an infant, were stuck in their cars close to Laugarbakki in Midfjördur. Rescue teams had great difficulty getting to the cars and rescuing the passengers.

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