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The violent wind tears of a roof in Vestmannaeyjar town - All roads closed from the capital

By Staff

  • In Reykjavík A rescue unit at work in the capital. The weather is expected to calm down for a while around midnight before picking up speed again later in the night when the tale end of the storm ploughs over the city. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

The hurricane force winds tore off earlier this night a roof in one piece of a residential house in the town Vestmannaeyjar on Heimaey island, which is located off Iceland's south coast. One woman was in the building but escaped unharmed. 

The violent wind has also wrecked havoc in towns on the mainland along the south coast, ripping of roof plates, smashing in windows and tearing away garbage cans and various objects. As in Vestmannaeyjar town debris is flying around but no serious injuries have been reported.

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has in collaboration with the District Commissioner in Vestmannaeyjar declared an Alert Phase in the town due to the weather

All roads leading to and from Reykjavík have been closed. The wind is very strong in the capital but has not reached the same force as in Heimaey island. According to the Civil Protection of Iceland wind speed on Cape Stórhöfði on the island, was measured at 42m/s (151 kmh, 94 mph) with wind gusts up to 49 m/s (176 kmh, 110 mph) and in the town of Vestmannaeyjar at 23m/s (83 kmh, 51 mph) with gusts recorded at 35m/s (126 kmh, 76 mph).  

We can not expect more wind reports from Cape Stórhöfði tonight as the wind gauge on site has been wrecked by the  natural force it's supposed to record.

Below you can watch the conditions at Reykjavík's old harbour in the centre of the city tonight. At least one boat has been pulled loose.

Read more: What you need to know about today's hurricane force winter storm

Most roads in Iceland have been closed due to the weather. Uncertainty phase has been declared due to the danger of snow avalanches in Tröllaskagi peninsula in North Iceland and in the East Fjords. 


Wind speed The IRCA map

The storm is moving over Iceland and is expected to hit the Westfjords and Northwest Iceland worst during the night.

You can follow live wind speed around Iceland on a topology map by the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration’s (IRCA) and road conditions live via IRCA's  web cams.

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