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Strong Wind and Heavy Rain in Reykjavík

The Icelandic Met Office issued a storm warning Monday afternoon for Reykjavík and its vicinity; the storm was expected to peak at approximately 9 pm last night and wind reached speeds of over 20 meters per second in places according to automatic weather stations of the Public Road Administration. The storm was accompanied by heavy rainfall.


A peaceful evening in the city. Photo by Páll Kjartansson

According to wind storms of this caliber rarely occur in July.

The storm affected the southwest corner of the country and was expected to travel onwards to the northeast corner of Iceland; no emergencies were reported to the Search and Rescue Units in the areas most affected (ICE-SAR).

In west Iceland on Fródárheidi mountain pass in the Snaefellsnes peninsula, an accident occurred due to strong winds and loose gravel at half past four Monday afternoon; a driver and four passengers were in the car. Two were taken to the local Health Clinic at Ólafsvík with what seemed to be minor injuries. The driver lost control of the vehicle on the loose gravel.

Herjólfur cancelled two crossings from Westman Islands and Landeyjarhöfn harbor Monday evening due to the weather and wave height. The first crossing was supposed to depart at 8:30 pm from Westman Islands and the latter from Landeyjarhöfn harbor at 10 pm, reported.

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