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Weather Damage Report

Sauðárkrókur Church.

From Sauðárkrókur. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The severe weather, that affected the country last evening and overnight, caused damage in several communities. Corrugated roof panels came lose at the concrete plant in Sauðárkrókur, North Iceland, and blew over parts of town, some of them making it out to sea, RÚV reports. No one was injured, but some cars were damaged by the roof panels. A horse trailer, an RV and empty containers also took an unwanted trip in the wind. Rescue workers were busy all night, both in Sauðárkrókur and Hofsós.

The flow in Hjaltadalsá river in Skagafjörður, North Iceland, increased tenfold in a few hours last night and until midnight. The mouth of the river is south of Hofsós, and the flow went from 4.5 cubic meters per second at 3 pm to more than 46 cubic meters per second at 11 pm. The water level went from 60 cm to 160 cm. At the same time, the flow in Svartá river increased eightfold.

Rescue workers in the West Fjords were busy long into the night., mostly in Bolungarvík, but also in Suðureyri and Ísafjörður. In Patreksfjörður, 40 residents had to evacuate 21 houses last night because of a risk of avalanche. They were allowed to return to their homes after 9 am this morning.

In Reykjavík and Akranes, no rescue teams were called out after 10 pm and in Snæfellsnes peninsula, no trouble was reported after 1 am. In the capital area, the weather was the worst in Hafnarfjörður, where roof panels went airborne in several places.

Road number 853 by Hrafnagil in Eyjafjörður, North Iceland, is still inundated with water and impassable by small cars. There was also road damage in Snæfellsnes peninsula, where paving was ripped off the road.

Altogether, about 150 rescue workers were called out, according to ICE-SAR, 40 of them in the West Fjords.

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