Storm Malik: Thousands of people without electricity in Sweden – hurricane in Denmark

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Storm Malik has hit Sweden and Denmark, where winds with hurricane strength have been measured. Trees have been blown down, train departures have been canceled, planes have been redirected, and thousands of people are without electricity.

The storm, which also affects Norway, has been named Malik in Great Britain, Denmark, and Sweden.

Malik hit Denmark with full force on Saturday afternoon. Winds with a hurricane speed of over 40 meters per second have been reported. The measurement was registered in Hanstholm north of Jutland, the broadcaster DR reports.

Many trees have been blown down, and most Danish police districts have advised people not to go outdoors. In Esbjerg on the west coast, one person was seriously injured, while two were slightly injured when a branch fell down and hit a car.

Train traffic in Denmark has been suspended in large parts of the country, and high water levels are reported in many places.

Thousands of people without electricity

In Sweden, around 10,000 electricity customers were without electricity on Sunday in Skåne, Halland, Västra Götaland, Värmland, and Örebro, among other places.

On the west coast, several railway lines are closed. Two planes from the Canary Islands had to be diverted to Stockholm due to strong winds in Gothenburg, while a plane on its way to Malmö had to land in Copenhagen instead.

In Malmö, a construction crane overturned late Saturday night. The Öresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark was closed on Sunday morning for safety reasons because the wind was stronger than forecast.

Moving east

The low-pressure area is gradually moving eastwards and is expected to reach the eastern parts of Sweden in the morning.

“It will blow a lot with storm showers and also snow,” meteorologist Anders Wettergren warns.

Throughout Sunday, the wind will decrease, and on Monday, it will be significantly calmer, according to the SMHI.

In Finland, a heavy snowstorm has swept across the country. Several thousand households were without power late Saturday night. 

The ferry traffic between Sweden and Åland is suspended on Sunday. Throughout the day, the snowy weather is expected to continue in the southern part of Finland.

Source : © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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