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Bomb cyclone spawns severe blizzard in Iceland, on course to hit Britain

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A bomb cyclone accompanied by heavy snowfall and hurricane-force winds hit Iceland on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. The storm hit west of the country first, then it moved to the east on Wednesday, December 11. As a result of strong winds and snow, several cities faced power outages and roads were left paralyzed. It is set to batter Britain in the following days, according to Met Office.

The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (IRCA) said nearly all connecting roads across the country remain closed. An avalanche warning was issued for the Westfjords, a region that is already vulnerable to such events.

Rescue workers answered to roughly 600 emergency-related calls, most of them from people dealing with power outages or securing boats in harbors.

The cyclone hit Northeast Iceland hard, resulting in widespread power outages. Roofs were torn and trees were uprooted. Moreover, there had been repeated disruptions in mobile phone coverage across the area.

No severe injuries have been reported so far.

Met Office's forecast on Thursday, December 12 said there will be lighter winds and lesser snow showers in Iceland on Friday, December 13. 

"However, system 'A' could bring severe gales to south England Friday night. Snow could accompany system 'B' as it moves east across central Britain Saturday night, with gales on its southern side."

Featured image credit: @Canerinhavasi/Instagram

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