“We can start calling this the annual trampoline weather,” Ólöf Snæhólm Baldursdóttir, public relations representative at ICE-SAR told RÚV.
It was a busy night for search and rescue teams in the greater Reykjavík area. Trampolines, corrugated roofing sheets and scaffolding blew away and trees went down.
Ólöf says rescue teams were first called out shortly after midnight. Police, fire departments and rescue teams kept working through the night.
“I think the first calls were due to trampolines, and they were in trees, on cars, wrapped around light poles and spread right and left and everywhere,” she stated.
“We keep warning against this, telling people to take them down or fasten them, but it always ends this way.”
There are, she explains, a few of these trampoline-related storms every fall. One storm follows another and next time, the wind will blow from another direction, making new trampolines airborne.
“This continues long into fall and even winter; the trampolines keep traveling.”
Ólöf stresses the importance of preventative efforts. Those would drastically reduce the number of times rescue teams need to be called out.