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Storm Hits South Iceland, Seafarers Warned

By Iceland Review

A storm is predicted to hit southeast Iceland today—the weather already started to worsen in the early hours of the morning. Waves are expected to reach a height of up to 14 meters (which equals the size of a four to five-story apartment complex) and the wind speed to reach 35 meters per second.

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Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Maritime Traffic Service encourage seafarers to take the utmost precautions; a number of fishing vessels abandoned fishing grounds and headed for harbors last night, visir.is reports.

One large oil transport vessel and another transport vessel are known to be heading out of Icelandic waters in this area today and they will be monitored closely. Other ships have sought shelter in the Faroe Islands.

Because of the storm in south and east Iceland, commuters are warned against traveling in these regions.

The capital has not been spared from the stormy weather; as a strong wind is currently blowing and visibility has been poor at times.

A driver lost control of his jeep in Hafnarfjörður this morning, landing on a crash barrier which pierced the vehicle, all the way to the passenger seat. According to police, the driver escaped unharmed.

Click here to see a picture of the crash and here to read about another recent storm in Iceland.

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