A storm is raging in West and South Iceland, disrupting transport. Domestic flights by Air Iceland and Eagle Air were canceled this morning but the situation will be reviewed before noon. The schedule of the Vestmannaeyjar ferry Herjólfur has also been affected by the storm, as well as the bus schedule by Strætó outside the capital region in West and South Iceland.
Early this morning, stormy conditions were reported in across the country with the highest wind speed measured in West Iceland, from Reykjanes to Snæfellsnes. On mountain pass Fróðárheiði, the wind speed reached 34.5 m/s last night, ruv.is reports.
The storm caused a one-hour blackout on Snæfellsnes between 6 and 7 am this morning. Search and rescue associations were called out on Reykjanes and in the capital region because of roofing slates that were coming loose, some of which had been dislodged by the storm which hit on Friday night and Saturday morning.
Some mountain roads on Snæfellsnes peninsula and other regions in West Iceland are currently impassible, as well as in the West Fjords. The Icelandic Road Administration warns drivers that roads have widely been damaged because the paving has been torn off by gale force winds, ruv.is reports.
There’s a snow cover on Hellisheiði connecting Reykjavík with South Iceland communities but otherwise the driving conditions in the region are fine. In North and East Iceland, snowfall, snow cover and icy conditions have been reported with the road across Hófaskarð, connecting Þórshöfn, Raufarhöfn and Kópasker, being impassable.
The storm is expected to calm in the afternoon.