Power Outage in Sweden on November 30 2015 11:11 AM (UTC).
Tens of thousands of people in western and southern Sweden are without electricity after a storm ripped through the region on Sunday night. Storm Gorm is one of the most powerful weather systems to hit Sweden in years, having moved north from Denmark over the weekend. It pulled down trees and power lines across the south of the country, while residents reported damaged roofs and cars. "We've had everything from chimneys that have become loose and blown down to roofs that have come off and barns literally torn up from the ground," Johan Wallin, a spokesperson for the emergency services in Halland told the TT news wire. "There will be many more phone calls when the electricity comes back; we're learning there are many trees lying around the county," he added. According to TT, approximately 9,000 people experienced problems with their fixed phone lines and several mobile networks also faced disruption during the worst of the bad weather. A total of 55,000 people lost power over the weekend, with energy companies suggesting it could take several days to restore some services. However by mid-morning on Monday it was estimated that around 10,000 people had already been reconnected. The winds calmed down before the rush hour got under way, with the Öresund bridge, which connects southern Sweden and Denmark, reopening. It was closed at around midnight after wind speeds in the area topped 32 metres per second. Train services over the bridge were running again by 7am, although those travelling in more rural areas of southern Sweden were told to expect delays and cancellations throughout the day, due to fallen trees and debris on local lines. Storm Gorm was named by Denmark's weather agency DMI according to an international convention by which storms are named in alphabetical order, alternating between boys' and girls' names. Freya, the last big storm to hit Scandinavia, came in early November. According to Denmark's Ritzau news agency, a tent camp for asylum seekers in Thisted, North Jutland, was evacuated on Sunday in anticipation of Storm Gorm. There are no reports of any serious injuries in either Denmark or Sweden as as result of the severe weather.