The wind which hit East Iceland on Sunday was so strong that meteorologist Þóranna Pálsdóttir declared it among the “strongest we’ve seen.”
The strongest wind was recorded in Hamarsfjörður by Ring Road One between Höfn and Djúpivogur. There the wind reached an average of 39 m/s with gusts of up to 67 m/s (241 km/h, 149 miles/h), which is described as a Category 4 hurricane. Shortly afterwards, the wind meter stopped transmitting information.
Þóranna told mbl.is that although the wind did not set a record—gusts of up to 76 m/s have been recorded on plateaus—it is very unusual to have such strong wind in inhabited areas.
A storm is also raging in Iceland today.