Storm update as of midnight Saturday: Roof blown off empty UNIS dorm

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The roof of a student dorm in Nybyen was blown off late Saturday night during a historic storm in Longyearbyen, but nobody was inside and no injuries resulted, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

The storm is now at full strength, with gale-force winds of about 98 kilometers per hour in Longyearbyen as of midnight Sunday. But Kongsberg Satellite Station director Ole Petter Storstad told Svalbardposten winds in Platåberget were reaching hurricane speeds in excess of 160 km/h, consistent with worst-case forecasts for the area.

The storm is expected to remain at maximum intensity until 8 a.m. Saturday.

 

2 Responses to Storm update as of midnight Saturday: Roof blown off empty UNIS dorm

  1. Maren Wryn says:

    Hang on! Stay safe, everyone.

  2. Thanks…seems like an incredible number of locals are either pitching in if they’re able in these conditions or are following/updating developments throughout the night. Best-case scenario all along is nobody gets hurt….

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