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Travellers in trouble - Storm warning in Iceland

Storm Warning! Strong gale warning (more than 20 m/s) is widely in effect until tonight. Considerable rain is also expected in the southeast by afternoon and until evening.

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a storm warning throughout most of the country. Many busy mountain roads are now impassible and cars are stuck all over the place. For example in Lyngdalsheiði mountain road that leads to Þingvellir National park, 25 cars are now stuck there along with a bus. Search&Rescue teams in the area are assisting the cars.

Hellisheiði mountain road that leads from Reykjavík to the south of Iceland is also closed and many cars are stuck there now. Search and rescue teams are helping cars and people the best they can.

A bus with over 60 people went off the road in Þrengslin but nobody was harmed. The people were rescued and brought to an elementary school in Þorlákshöfn.

Whole country Forecast for next 24 hours

Northeast 15 to 25 m/s, but lighter in the north until afternoon. Snow or sleet by afternoon but heavy rain in the southeast and east until evening. Northeast 15 to 23 in the north and northwest by evening, but decreasing wind in the south and east parts. West 13 to 20 m/s tomorrow and widely snowshowers but snow in the north. Stronger north wind in Vestfirðir until afternoon. Decreasing wind and precipitation tomorrow evening. Temperature around freezing point, rather warmer for a time today.

Forecaster's remarks

Strong wind gusts are expected by mountains until evening, especially in the south and west.

Click HERE for further information on the weather in Iceland and HERE for road conditions.

 

Last modified onSaturday, 08 March 2014 17:15

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