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200 damage reports in wake of extreme storm

The Faroes started off this week with extremely bad weather, resulting in public transport cancellation and delays. On Tuesday and through the early hours of Wednesday, weather conditions were especially rough with power outages and several storm damage reports concerning roofs, sheds, cars and windows.

According to news media, police received about 200 reports of damage across the islands between 6pm on Tuesday and 7am on Wednesday. Over 40 of these reports came from Eystur Municipality, comprising the villages of Gøta and Leirvík. The latter in particular was hard hit, with damages to buildings and a van sent flying to land upside down, just inches away from plunging into the marina.

With the highest wind forces reaching up to as much as 63.8 meters per second—230 kilometers per hour—the storm resulted in most of the country going into four blackouts between 10pm and 6:40am. Suðuroy, however, although badly hit as well, was spared from blackouts, according to utility company SEV. Notably, nonetheless, a large building in the town of Vágur was severely damaged.

Police advised against any driving before 10am Wednesday morning.

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