Blizzard Causes Widespread Trouble
Stormy weather has caused trouble in many parts of Iceland today. There is an orange weather alert in effect for the northern part of the country and a yellow one for almost all the rest.
In Hafnarfjörður, south of Reykjavík, a 4,000-ton foreign cargo ship broke free of its moorings in the harbor around 5:30 am, due to high winds. Tugboats took the ship in tow, while the coast guard ship Týr provided shelter from the wind. The cargo ship was successfully secured again at the harbor by about 9 am.
Rescue workers in the West Fjords assisted several drivers this morning, whose vehicles had gotten stuck, mbl.is reports. According to the police in Ísafjörður, no travel is advised in the West Fjords at the moment.
The vehicles that got stuck were in the northern part of the West Fjords. Visibility is next to none, causing cars to land off the road. The wind is expected to die down this afternoon, but this evening, it will pick up again with increased precipitation.
Three avalanches fell in North Iceland overnight: one on the road to Ólafsfjörður in Ólafsfjarðarmúli, a second one on the road to Siglufjörður, and the third one near that same road. A risk of avalanches remains in the area, which is why the roads are closed.
Due to weather, some schools in North Iceland were closed this morning.