First “Autumn Storm of the Year” to Make Landfall This Weekend

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A meteorologist with the Icelandic MET Office has warned of an upcoming storm that is unusually early for the season. Its impact is expected across various parts of the country this weekend, although no official warnings have been issued.

“An honest storm”

“It looks like we’re going to get an honest storm,” Eiríkur Örn Jóhannsson, a meteorologist on duty at the Icelandic MET Office, told Vísir yesterday.

“There is a slight autumn flavour to this low-front, and it is coming – that’s quite clear. However, it is not yet clear which area of the country will be most affected. But it is quite clear that there will be a storm somewhere and even heavy rain in some parts of the country,” he added.

Eiríkur pointed out that this kind of storm was unusually early in the seasonal cycle. As a result, the MET Office believed it is prudent to warn the public in advance, despite not having issued any official warnings yet. Eiríkur indicated, however, that official warnings were forthcoming, although the specifics remained undetermined at this time.

According to the MET office’s current analysis, the most severe weather is expected in South and West Iceland in the early hours of Saturday. When questioned about the potential impact on the annual Ljósanótt festival in Reykjanesbær, he cautioned: “I would at least monitor the weather forecast closely and take the appropriate actions.”

Police Called Out to Investigate Sound of Resident Pounding Pork

In a weekend filled with the typical set-tos, scraps, and scrapes downtown, capital-area police got a call-out for the books on Saturday night when they received a report of loud thumping noises coming from an apartment on the east side of Reykjavík. DV reported.

Officers arrived at the scene and knocked on the door, only to be met by the homeowner, brandishing a meat hammer. Thankfully, the explanation for the prurient pandemonium was gastronomic—and perhaps a little tragicomic.

It seems that the home chef had been hard at work that evening, vigorously pounding pork. Tenderizing a fillet, that is, presumably in preparation some delectable meal—schnitzel, perhaps.

Mystery solved, the officers returned to their regularly scheduled bust-ups of underage ragers and barroom hurly burly.

Heightened Police Presence in Reykjavík This Weekend

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Partygoers in downtown Reykjavík this weekend can expect an increased presence among police authorities. The Capital Area’s Assistant Chief of Police has told RÚV that the police will “be ready” in the event of retaliatory violence following last weekend’s knife attack.

Spate of violence

Following mass arrests in wake of a knife attack at the Bankastræti Club nightclub in Reykjavík last weekend, which left three young men hospitalised, petrol bombs were thrown into houses, windows broken, and the suspects’ families were subjected to harassment. There were also posts on social media, encouraging retaliation for the attacks. The American and British embassies in Iceland subsequently issued travel advisories to tourists, warning them to avoid large crowds downtown this weekend.

Addressing these issues on the radio programme Morgunútvarpið this morning, Ásgeir Þór Ásgeirsson, Assistant Chief of Police for the Capital Area Police, stated that the police would command a much greater presence in downtown Reykjavík this weekend, in the event that further acts of violence were to be perpetrated.

“As far as we’ve gathered, there were, and are, threats of violence this weekend – and the operations of certain Reykjavík restaurants are expected to be disturbed,” Ásgeir stated. “We’re going to protect our city this weekend – as we’ve always done.”

When asked if individuals connected to the gang violence last weekend were expected to perpetrate further violence, Ásgeir replied that he hoped not. “But law enforcement isn’t predicated on hope. We have to be ready when we say that we’ll be ready and we’ll be ready this weekend.”

Ásgeir was unwilling to offer details on the exact meaning of “an increased presence” among police authorities but stated that they would mobilise more equipment and more officers capable of handling “difficult assignments.” This heightened police presence would not be lost on anyone.

“It’s absolutely clear that the people will feel our presence. We hope that the people involved in these altercations have come to their senses and won’t be dragging their disputes to downtown Reykjavík. I think that that’s something all of us, collectively, have been aiming towards,” Ásgeir stated.