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Photos: After the Storm, Hurricane-Force Squalls

By Iceland Review

Squalls reached up to 47 meters per second at Hvammur, to the east of the river Markarfljót in south Iceland last night. Wind speeds of this strength are rated as aftakaveður (“major storm”) or hurricane force.


A squall reached 42 meters per second below Mt. Hafnarfjall by Borgarnes in west Iceland and 37 meters per second on Kjalarnes north of Reykjavík where a car blew off the road yesterday evening, but no one was seriously injured in the accident, reports.


Search and rescue services assisted drivers on Hellisheiði between Reykjavík and Hveragerði last night and were also called out when a construction platform was about to blow away outside a house in the Westman Islands south of Iceland.

The first scheduled trip of the Westman Islands ferry Herjólfur was canceled due to the height of waves yesterday.


In Heiðmörk, a popular area for recreation in Reykjavík on January 24, 2012. Photos by Páll Kjartansson.

The weather had calmed in the southwestern region this morning but snowfall resumed so road conditions were difficult.

Commuters are asked to follow the website of the Icelandic Meteorological Office,, and that of the Icelandic Road Directorate,

Click here to read about yesterday’s storm warning.


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