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All Search and Rescue Workers Called out Due to Storm

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All Search and Rescue Workers Called out Due to Storm

All ICE-SAR search and rescue workers across the capital area have been called out to deal with requests for assistance due to the ongoing storm in Reykjavík. Roads in many parts of Iceland are currently impassable.

storm_rvk_november_2_ice-sarICE-SAR rescue workers assist in securing a roof in Mosfellsbær. Photo by Guðbrandur Örn Arnarson, courtesy of ICE-SAR.Reykjavík is currently experiencing strong gale winds of 20 to 25 m/s with gusts of up to 51 m/s. A storm warning was issued for various parts of Iceland yesterday morning.

Search and rescue workers have been helping to secure roofs around the capital. The police have warned commuters against driving Sæbraut, the road by the ocean, and which passes in front of the IR office, due to the risk posed by sea spray and waves crashing over onto the road, mbl.is reports. A video of the conditions can be viewed here. Last night people were also warned of black ice. Two people were taken to hospital yesterday evening with possible broken bones after slipping on black ice in Reykjavík. A man was taken from the Reykjavík suburb of Árbær around 5 pm after injuring his arm. Shortly afterwards, a woman was reported to have an injured foot after slipping by a shopping center in the eastern part of the capital.

Click here to read more about that story, here for weather updates and here for road conditions.

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