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LIVE UPDATES: Traffic shutdown as Bodil approaches

Running updates of the storm crossing Denmark


The storm Bodil is expect to bring widespread travel disruption today and tomorrow (Photo: Scanpix)

December 5, 2013
21:04

by PS


UPDATE 21:04: A Copenhagen Airport spokesperson has told public broadcaster DR that no more flights will be leaving the airport until 6am tomorrow morning. The airport says that it is still letting arriving flights land but arriving passengers risk long waits on board because not all of the airport's jet bridges are currently in use. 

UPDATE 20:35: Bodil has claimed its first life. Police report that a 72-year-old woman from Lemvig has died after the vehicle she was traveling in was tipped over by strong winds. All police districts continue to advise against any unnecessary travel.

Meteorology institute DMI says that Bodil's wind strength has now peaked.

"The storm won't get any worse from now, but it will take some time before we come significantly below the highest level, and on the west coast there may be a storm raging all night," DMI's Jørgen Thomsen told Ritzau.

Commuters already thinking about Friday morning should be warned that DSB announced an hour ago that there was still "significant uncertainty" about tomorrow morning's train traffic. The rail operator says it will post a status on morning traffic at 4am on its website.

UPDATE 18:11: The storm is starting to grip the entire country. DMI forecasts 100km/h wind gusts tonight and strong winds well into tomorrow. Elevated sea levels are also expected, especially along the west and northerly coasts. Police in districts throughout the country are asking people to remain indoors and avoid unnecessary travel.

Here are the latest TRAFFIC UPDATES:

Copenhagen Airport expects delays and cancellations as the evening progresses.

Billund Airport has closed.

Most Copenhagen buses are delayed by 15 minutes.

All trains have stopped.

The Metro is still running.

Copenhagen Harbour ferries have stopped.

Stay updated by following these websites:

Copenhagen Airport

Buses

Trains

Metro

UPDATE 14:20: The bridge to Sweden, Øresundsbroen, is now closed. Storebæltsbroen and Lillebæltsbroen have already been closed to traffic.

UPDATE 13:40: The bridge Storebæltsbroen between the islands of Funen and Zealand has been shut.

All trains will be stopped throughout the day says rail operator Banedanmark.

Last trains: Jutland, 2pm; Funen 4pm; Zealand and Copenhagen 6pm

ORIGINAL STORY: The storm Bodil is expected to hit Denmark today, bringing windspeeds of over 100 km/h and gusts over 140 km/h.

According to the weather agency DMI, the storm will first hit the west coast this afternoon and travel east across the country before subsiding during the afternoon on Friday.

The storm is expected to bring widespread travel disruption and elevated sea levels of up to four metres along the west coast, and two metres on the northerly coasts of the Danish islands.

Trains
Rail operator DSB has decided to reduce the number of trains on the tracks throughout the course of Thursday.

In Copenhagen, DSB has cancelled the three S-Train lines: Bx, E and H on Thursday and Friday.

The A line will run between Farum and Køge, the B line will run between Hillerød and Høje Taastrup and the C line will run between Klampenborg and Frederikssund.

After 7pm all open S-Train lines will run every 20 minutes, except for the F line which will run every ten minutes throughout the day.

DSB says it will try to give three hours notice if it decides to cancel all S-Trains because the storm is more powerful than expected.

InterCity lines are expected to continue normally, but please check the DSB website for the latest updates.

Bridges
Most of Denmark’s large bridges will be affected by the storm. Storebæltsbroen connecting Funen and Zealand is closed while trucks are not recommended to cross Øresundsbroen to Sweden.

A number of smaller bridges are also affected. Stay updated via the road agency’s website, Vejdirektoratet.

Airport
Copenhagen Airport reports that it expects to keep its normal schedule until 6pm though the storm could result in delays and cancellations, particularly in the evening as the storm changes direction.

Stay updated through the airport's website.

Ferries
A number of ferry services have stopped across the country.

Travellers are recommended to contact their ferry operator for the latest updates.



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