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Tens of thousands of homes left without electricity due to hurricane in Finland

November 17, 2013, 14:51 UTC+3

Rail links were disrupted in western regions of the country

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HELSINKI, November 17. /ITAR-TASS /. Nearly 100,000 homes were left without electricity due to the hurricane that came at night from Norway and Sweden to Finland. Wind speed in the west, south and east of Suomi reached 25 meters per second, according to YLE TV broadcaster.

According to reports, in the regions of Häme, Tampere, Ostrobothnia, Satakunta and Savo, the hurricane fell many trees and broke off power lines. In western regions, rail links were disrupted.

Experts are currently conducting restoration works. Power companies are warning the public about the fact that power outages may last for more than one day. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, on Sunday the hurricane will reach other parts of the country.

In northern Norway, due to the hurricane 35,000 homes were left without electricity. Now that number was reduced to 22 thousand. Windflow here reached 40 meters per second, and in coastal areas — 50 meters per second.

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