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Winds Howl in Reykjavik as Storm Bears Down on Iceland

A storm packing “hurricane-force winds” and “blizzard conditions” was moving over Iceland on Tuesday, December 10, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said.

The weather service said the “violent” storm was primarily affecting northwestern Iceland and was forecast to continue into Wednesday. Local media said all flights out of Keflavik International Airport were canceled on Tuesday, with some cancellations and delays spilling over into Wednesday.

The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management said on Tuesday that the storm was at a “hazardous” alert phase, which urged residents to prepare and consider emergency closures and evacuations. The department said several roads were closed and there were power outages across northern Iceland.

In this video, strong winds howl and push open a door at a hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. The video also shows gusty winds blowing snow outside. Credit: @bhavinapx via Storyful