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Storm Hits South Iceland, Strong Gale Warning

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Storm Hits South Iceland, Strong Gale Warning

Storm in Reykjavík

Storm in Reykjavík in September. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

A storm is currently raging in South Iceland, reaching a speed of 40 meters per second at Stórhöfði in Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands) and 50 meters per second in the strongest squalls at Stórhöfði, below the Eyjafjöll mountains and Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

The Icelandic Met Office issued a strong gale warning for South Iceland this morning, with the wind speed expected to exceed 20 meters per second. The wind speed reached 29 meters per second at Fagurhólsmýri and 22 meters per second in Höfn, ruv.is reports.

Continued stormy weather with strong gale warning is forecast in most parts of the country in the afternoon, accompanied by heavy rain in the East Fjords and Southeast Iceland.

The strong east and northeasterly wind is expected to carry sulfur dioxide (SO2) from the eruption in Holuhraun to the west across the central highlands and West Iceland from the southern West Fjords to Akranes with a larger area affected tomorrow, including Reykjavík.

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