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Gusts of 165 km/h could hit Denmark and Sweden

As flights and rail services are temporarily shut down in the UK today due to a massive storm, weather forecasters are warning that the severe wind speeds and rain are on their way to Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Forecasters in the UK are calling the storm, dubbed St Jude, one of the worst in years. Railways including Eurostar and airports cancelled many services pre-emptively. Heathrow Airport cancelled at least 60 flights ahead of the arrival of the storm.

This morning, hurricane-force gusts stronger than 128 km/h are being reported in and around London. Strong winds are also affecting northern France, the Netherlands and Belgium.

The storm is expected to move across the sea towards Denmark, southern Norway and Sweden this afternoon and into Tuesday. The Danish Meteorological Institute is warning that hurricane-strength winds are likely to hit parts of Denmark with water levels expected to rise in western Jutland near Esbjerg.

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute has also issued a warning, expecting gusts of up to 165 km/h to hit southern and western Sweden on Monday evening, possibly causing damage and travel disruptions.

Included in the warnings are areas from the Skagerack and Kattegatt straits off the west coast, Skåne, Västra Götaland, Halland, parts of Jönköping and Kronoberg and the islands of Gotland and Öland.

AP

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