The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration have closed the road between Hvolsvöllur and Vík due to a storm. The road will be closed until weather conditions allow a re-opening. It’s also planned to close the roads in Skeiðarársandur and Öræfasveit district at 20:00 tonight.
An orange warning has been put in place in South Iceland. Winds speeds are expected to rise up to violent storm level, that is up to 28-30 m/s, between 15:00 and 16:00 east of Hvolsvöllur and Seljalandsfoss. Similar wind speeds will be reached farther East by 18:00 on the main road between Lómagnúpur and Jökulsárlón. The warning is valid until tomorrow morning.
The most severe wind in the country was measured at 32,6 metres per second in Stórhöfði, Vestmannaeyjar. That wind speed is considered a violent storm, and right below hurricane level winds, according to the Beaufort scale which measures wind speed.
An orange weather alert is in force in South Iceland, South-East Iceland as well as the Highlands. A yellow weather warning alert has been released for North-East Iceland, as well as parts of East Iceland. The alerts will last until tomorrow morning. For further information about the weather alerts – head to https://en.vedur.is/alerts
For further information contact the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration at http://www.road.is or call 1777.