Hurricane Strength Gusts Expected In Southern Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Hurricane Strength Gusts Expected In Southern Iceland

Published November 2, 2012

Arit John

The Icelandic Meteorological Office is forecasting strong winds and poor weather throughout the country this weekend.
Northerly wind speeds are expected to exceed 20 m/s throughout Iceland, with gusts up to 55 m/s in the southern part of the country, from the east fjords to Snæfellsnes, north of Reykjavík, according to the Met Office.
For comparison, Hurricane Sandy, which recently wreaked havoc in America’s northeast coast, reached speeds of up to 40 m/s and winds are considered hurricane strength when they exceed 33 m/s.
Snow is forecasted in the northeast, while the easternmost part of the country can expect sleet. The southwest of Iceland will remain relatively unaffected. Forecasts show decreased northerly winds heading into Saturday evening.


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