High winds cause hazardous conditions on Denmark’s bridges

High winds cause hazardous conditions on Denmark’s bridges
The Øresund Bridge on February 9th. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT/Ritzau Scanpix
The Øresund Bridge connecting Copenhagen with Swedish city Malmö was closed on Sunday evening as stormy weather raged.

The bridge was closed in both directions due to windy weather, the Danish Road Directorate (Vejdirektoratet) confirmed. Rail traffic was also affected.

The bridge was re-opened again shortly before midnight, but with wind-susceptible vehicles advised to avoid travel. Traffic on the bridge is normal as of Monday morning.

On the 18-kilometre Great Belt Fixed Link, which connects the islands of Zealand and Funen, authorities warned against non-essential travel throughout the day for vehicles susceptible to high winds. The advisory was lifted at around 9:45pm by operator Sund & Bælt.

Fierce winds also affected crossings on several other Danish bridges.

But the gusts were waning by late on Sunday night, enabling free passage for high-sided vehicles on bridges including the Little Belt Bridge between Funen and Jutland, and on the and Crown Princess Mary Bridge, which crosses Roskilde Fjord.

Despite the bridge delays, Denmark appeared to have a relatively easy brush with the weekend’s weather.

Large parts of Northern Europe were hit by storms on Sunday, forcing flight and rail cancellations in some countries.

In the United Kingdom, where the storm has been named Ciara, a number of football matches were cancelled due to the weather, as was a 10-kilometre race in London for which 25,000 runners had signed up. UK electricity companies reported power cuts for at least 30,000 customers and Wales saw gusts of up to 150 kilometres per hour.

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