What’s currently going on in Iceland is just insane!
A powerful and dangerous cyclone has dumped meters of snow on parts of the country, leaving extensive damage, thousands of residents and businesses in the dark and closing roads all over the country.
We know Iceland for its beautiful (and sometimes dangerous) volcanoes and awesome lanscape. But sometimes the island becomes somehow totally inhospitable.
WOW!!! Absolutely incredible but extremely dangerous views of the blizzard in northern #Iceland, this was filmed yesterday evening 10th December! Video via Travel Iceland FB #severeweather #snowstorm pic.twitter.com/ZcQyFmoZxB— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) December 11, 2019
This was the case almost exactly a year ago… And this is also the case right now as a powerful blizzard dumped meters of snow, closing roads and disrupting power for thousands of Icelanders.
Incredible snow amounts in Akureyri, #Iceland this morning 11th December! Another photo sent in by ? Stella Árnadóttir thanks; #blizzard #snowstorm pic.twitter.com/oU5pFuu5ty— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) December 11, 2019
As reported by Grapevine, roads virtually all over the country are still closed and avalanche warnings have been issued for the Westfjords region, that could hinder road traffic even more.
There have been more than 600 calls for assistance in the northern parts of the country mostly for power outages, or securing small boats in harbours.
WOW!!! Good morning Akureyri, #Iceland 11th December! Some very large drifts due to the wind strength. Video via Snapchat; #severeweather #ExtremeWeather pic.twitter.com/eT0cdRYzbk— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) December 11, 2019
Northeast Iceland is currently being hit by the terrible storm. Extensive power outages have been reported. Thousands of people using electricity for heat are stranded.
Severe #Blizzard conditions in Akureyri, Iceland this morning 11th December! Video by Tomáš Popel Popelka thanks for sending this to us. #severeweather #snowstorm pic.twitter.com/4RpdkJV5nZ— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) December 11, 2019
Uprooted trees and roofs torn away by strong wind gusts have also been reported. Mobile phone use was disturbed across North Iceland.
WOW…. #snowfall accumulation in Akureyri, #Iceland this morning 11th December! Photo sent to us by ? Stella Arnadottir, thanks! #severeweather #snowstorm pic.twitter.com/cZmvBweAWn— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) December 11, 2019
In the Westman Islands, located off of Iceland’s south coast, hurricane winds destroyed houses, especially in and around harbours.
Impressive aftermath photos are coming in from Iceland, as the deep low has finally passed. This was taken in Reykholarreppur, NW Iceland.— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) December 11, 2019
Photos sent to us by Julien Leclercq. Posted with permission. pic.twitter.com/qjzxJOB992
The disastrous storm is supposed to come to an end early today. In the meantime, just be patient, stay at home, and avoid travels. And justpray, the spirits of Mount Esja appear again.
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