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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.
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I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
2 thoughts on “Storm update as of midnight Saturday: Roof blown off empty UNIS dorm”
Hang on! Stay safe, everyone.
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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