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Rainstorm Hits South and West Iceland

A rain and hailstorm hit Iceland’s southwestern region yesterday evening and last night. Emergency teams were called out around 8 pm to help prevent roofing slates, scaffoldings, lampposts and trailers from blowing away.

Ólöf Snaehólm Baldursdóttir, information officer at search and rescue association Landsbjörg (ICE-SAR), told Fréttabladid that the association had received more than 100 requests for help last night and that more than 150 search and rescue volunteers had been called out.

Baldursdóttir said many of the emergency calls had come from construction sites where contractors had not fastened construction material and fences properly.

The Icelandic Road Administration decided to close the Ring Road by Mt. Hafnarfjall near Borgarnes around 9 pm last night after the strongest gusts of wind reached a speed of 55 meters per second.

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