Icelandic Coast Guard Ship Experiences Rough Seas as Storm Hits

A storm packing “hurricane-force winds” and “blizzard conditions” moved 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. It 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.

This video, filmed by the crew of the Icelandic Coast Guard’s Thor patrol ship, shows the weather conditions in the sea off the Westfjords, in the northwest of the country. Credit: Icelandic Coast Guard via Storyful