Hurricane knocks over Faroe Islands in the North Sea + evacuation of drilling platform in Denmark, high seas in Norway

As hurricane season comes to an end on November 30th, the North Sea and lands bordering on the North Sea are bracing for more normal autumn weather than hitherto, where November has given us above-average temperatures - and very little rainfall.

I´ve checked with the Metorological Institutes, and the talk is of upcoming autumnal weather - NOT winter weather. Usually we begin to see snow around here, at this time of year.

The hurricane which is still roaming the Faroe Islands started as a depression, but went into hurricane mode last night. 

When the Faroese woke up this morning, it was to the sight of flown-away roofs, grounded boats and much more. In fact, the evacuation of the senior citizen´s home had just completed when is roof came off and the walls began to crash.

Apparently, electricity is still functioning ! 

Geographical location of Faroe Islands in the North Sea : 

Location of the Faroe Islands in Northern Europe


Short story on the birth of the hurricane from the Danish Meteorological Institute :


Hurricane toppled over the Faroe Islands

With a mean wind, which briefly was just over 43 meters persecond, had Faroese Thursday night and Friday night to see themselves pulled over by a hurricane.

Thursday night a deep low depression passed north of the Faroes,and it went just as predicted . Wind gauges on the island came to the test and the DMI data collected from the meters indicate a very windy evening and night on the islands.

 Satellitbillede fra den færøske orkan sent torsdag den 24. november 2011. Billede fra NOAA.

Satellite image from the Faroese hurricane late on Thursday 24November 2011. The Faroe Islands lie to the far right of the picture. Image from NOAA.

By Akraberg Lighthouse, which measure the wind at 99 meters above sea level, was the strongest winds measured. There wasthe strongest mean wind up to 43.2 m / s at 20 UTC, and the strongest wind gusts reached 56.6 m / s measured one hour later.

Maximum mean wind Maximum gust
Akraberg (99 ft.) 43.2 m / s 56.6 m / s
Tórshavn (54 ft.) 31.3 m / s 45.8 m / s
Kirkja (54 ft.) 38.6 m / s 46.3 m / s

(m is: feet above sea level)

Roofs broke off

The strong wind had both roofs, cars and other loose objects to facilitate and boats broke loose from their moorings, reported several media.

Police in Torshavn got during the night several hundred reviews,but the preliminary indications do not suggest that some one is hurt.

By Bjarne Siewertsen and Lone Seir Carstensen,

© DMI, 25 November 2011.  SOURCE  & Google translate link 

News story :

Hurricane on the Faroe Islands on 24/11 2011th Photo: HøgniHeinesen

Faroe Islands was the night of Friday hit by the worst hurricane since 1999. With gusts of up to 56.6 m / s or the equivalent of more than 200 km / h hurricane hit especially the southernmost island Sudrey.
The hurricane, according to TV 2 | WEATHER's information is the worst since 15 January 1999 that measured the average gain of as much as 50 m / s on the island Mykines.
Thanks to the Faroese newspaper, Norðlýsið and TV 2 | Weatherviewers, we can now display images both from since the hurricane-ravaged, but also because damage was done up this morning.
The pictures from taken in the city Klaksvik in the northeastern part of the Faroe Islands - and not where the wind was most intense.
You can see the pictures via the link in the link box to the right.
The violent storm on Friday afternoon bound for Norway, where you expect one of the worst storm in several years with up to 30 meter high waves in the Norwegian Sea. will update and show more pictures during the day as they arrive.




extreme alert


Area: Møre, Trøndelag and North Norway

Phase: C

Time25 11. 2011 at 9:07 p.m.

Low pressure 949 hPa at 68 N 08 E is moving east-northeast and will be on Saturday morning over eastern Lofoten.
The message about the extreme weather Berit apply to Møre, Trøndelag and North Norway

Friday night is expected to extremely high water levels along the coast from Møre og Romsdal and even South Tromsdue totides, storms and high waves on the shoreThe water level isestimated to be up to 110 cm above what is specified in the tidetable. Friday night is expected west strong storm in the North-Trøndelag and Sør-Helgeland and wave heights of 12-15min the country. Saturday afternoon is expected that extremely highwater levels in Troms and Finnmark. The water level is estimated to be up to 90 inches above what is specified in the tide table.
Weather map from :

The extreme weather is presently ongoing for the areas specified earlier. Last updated at 22:15 GMT +1



DENMARK 25th November 2011 KL. 19.59
Dong evacuates rig because of storm
Employees on oil rig in the North Sea has flown ashore by helicopter.

Dong Energy has decided to shut down production and evacuate the Siri platform in the Danish North Sea prior to the weekend's strong winds.

»Evacuation caused by storm warning, with subsequent waves. All employees on the platform flown to Esbjerg on Friday night and Saturday, "says a press release from Dong Energy.

The Company can not predict when employees may be flown back and production resumed.

The reason why one chooses to stop production at just the Siri platform is that it is currently in the process of repairing some cracks that have occurred in the platform under the water.

Gust up to hurricane strength
Meteorologists have warned strongly windy weather over the weekend.

Worst is the Sunday when the wind turns to the west and northwest and increases the stormy winds with gusts of galeforce.

In the north there is a transition risk means wind of gale force and wind gusts up to hurricane strength, said DMI on its website.

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Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on November 27, 2011 at 10:58pm

@ Starr : thanks !!  :-)  staying safe and warm, here.. wind no longer howling and screaming..

Both bridges now open to traffic in both directions, and the extreme wind warnings are expected to get cancelled around midnight.

(Which means, I can get to work tomorrow :-))

Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on November 27, 2011 at 10:54pm

Hi  there, Ecosikh ~ interesting that you should bring that up - there´s actually this blog, which Khan posted sometime last winter, I think, which touches on exactly that :

Comment by Ecosikh on November 27, 2011 at 9:15pm

Just a thought folks, bearing in mind we have been having unusually warm weather in the UK, could this hurricane be part of a shifting up of the gulf stream and what would normally hit the UK and Europe is heading further north?

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 27, 2011 at 8:17pm

Stay safe and warm Malou and thanks for keeping us updated.  I am happy that the oil rig employees were evacuated and the rig shut down.  Common sense safety is being used.

Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on November 27, 2011 at 7:36pm

Storm traffic : : The bridge, Øresundsbron, between Malmö, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark, is now closed in both directions. There´s nothing about when it´ll re-open..

Trains may still pass. : The Storebæltsbroen, connecting Sjælland and Fyn has been closed for a few hours, now. It is expected to re-open at around 2000 hours tonight.

Trains may still pass.

Last time the Øresundsbron between Denmark and Sweden closed was in February, and I made it over, coming from Norway, driving down thru Sweden when it began storming around Gothenburg.. The bridge closed 30 minutes after I crossed it..

Nice :-)

Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on November 27, 2011 at 2:29pm

Warning Level for Southern Sweden + Copenhagen area is a Class 3 /RED ALERT

Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on November 27, 2011 at 2:26pm

Update : : Small crafts warning/ : Severe weather warning :

UK map

Norway :

SLO UT DELER AV TELENETTET: «Berit» herjet i Lofoten, og Netcom-kunder langs hele kysten har i helga hatt problemer med telenettet. Foto: Ingun A. Mæhlum

Picture from 
LOFOTEN / Google Maps.

Many phone posts are down but are currently being re-established..

Sweden : :

Ferries to Germany are all cancelled. Bridge to Denmark open, but proceed with caution and respect speed limits - water levels in harbors are about 80 centimetres BELOW normal..

Denmark : : Ferries between Norway and Denmark are all cancelled today due to high waves. This will affect about 5.000 passengers. Ferries are expected to sail tomorrow. In Esbjerg, the water level harborside is expected to stay around 3 metres above normal level, and the harbor area is closed off due to expected water on the quaies..

Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on November 26, 2011 at 2:44pm

I link to this blog

Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on November 26, 2011 at 2:43pm

Sweden : Swedish Meteorological Institute provides this Warning Map, where the areas in DARK ORANGE signify a Warning Level 2 (just below the red alert) for this weekend/now :

SMHI Karta med varningar för Sverige och angränsande hav.

A lot of Denmark is also covered in that photo, thus the warning for Sjælland/Copenhagen is also a Level 2. 

Norway : : the very extreme weather that arrived from the direction of Lofoten is now moving towards Finnmark - there is still a warning out, especially for high seas and tides. Weather is predicted to clear up tomorrow.  

Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on November 26, 2011 at 2:14pm

Pictures of Hurricane Berit :

Faroe Islands :


And wiki on Hurricane Berit/Cyclone Xaver :

Sattelite image - you can clearly see how this Cyclone Xaver/Hurricane Berit formed @ The Azores :

(from wordpress link just above) :

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