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Severe Weather Update

Horses in storm.

Horses braving the storm in Fljótshlíð, South Iceland, around 1 pm. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Numerous roads have been closed in Iceland, due to the severe weather affecting the country. Our photographer Páll Stefánsson is in Fljótshlíð, South Iceland, where he took the photo above in very windy conditions.

Close to 200 people are stranded at Klébergsskóli, Kjalarnes, Southwest Iceland, RÚV reports. The Icelandic Red Cross has set up a shelter there, but all classes were canceled at the school today.

In the capital area, parents of children under the age of 12 have been asked to pick up their children from school at the end of the school day, or following recreational activities. “If parents or guardians are not equipped to pick up their children during the storm, we ask them to wait until the weather improves. The children will be kept safe at school until they are collected,” a Facebook statement from the Reykjavík Fire Department reads.

An easyJet flight from Luton, England, coming in to land shortly before noon at Keflavík International Airport, was unable to land, due to the storm. The plane was expected to land instead in Scotland.

Rescue workers, 150 of them, have been busy today, mostly helping drivers stuck in snow and attending to reports of items blowing in the wind.

The highest wind speed has likely been reached already in the Southwest, but the worst weather will affect the Northeast around dinner time.

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