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Jan 2, 2015

12:17:27 GMT--Power Outage - Europe - Sweden

EDIS Number: PW-20150102-46524-SWE

Date / time: 02/01/2015 12:15:41 [UTC]

Event: Power Outage

Area: Europe

Country: Sweden

State/County: MultiCounties

Location: [Western and southern Sweden]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Heavy


Trains and ferries are delayed and hundreds are without electricity in western and southern Sweden as a strong storm - called Svea - sweeps through the region. After windy weather in large parts of southern Sweden on Thursday, forecasters issued a class two storm warning in several municipalities for Friday - the second highest warning possible. Halland, Öland and Gotland have been told to prepare for the worst weather, while a class one warning is in place in Gotaland and southern Svealand. The storm is expected to peak at lunchtime. "This is a serious situation," Eva Strandberg, a meteorologist at Sweden's weather forecast agency SMHI told the TT news agency. She said that people in areas where a class two warning is in place should be prepared for major disruptions to transport and the possibility of trees falling across roads. "The forecast does not point towards the storm turning into a hurricane, but that could change change," she added. Hundreds of homes are without electricity around Östergotland and Västra Gotaland and elsewhere on the west coast. Stena ferry services between Frederikshaven and Oslo were cancelled on Thursday, with further disruption expected throughout Friday. Trans between Uddevalla and Stromstad, between Boras and Varberg and across eastern Smaland are also subject to cancellations or delays, with passengers advised to check services online before they travel. Forecasters believe the storm will spread east towards Stockholm later on Friday.

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