|Type||European windstorm, Extratropical cyclone|
|Formed||15 November 2013|
|Dissipated||18 November 2013|
|Areas affected||Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia|
Hilde, named Otto by Free University of Berlin, and Eino in Finland was an extratropical cyclone affecting parts of northern Europe, causing disruption to electricity supplies and transportation across mid Norway, northern Sweden and central Finland in 15. – 18. November 2013. The storm brought a new record average wind speed to Sweden (at altitude), however wind speeds at lower altitudes were less than seen during the Dagmar storm of 2011. Most damage was caused by falling trees along the storms path likely exacerbated by unfrozen ground. The total cost of damage is likely to be low, as the storm passed over relatively unpopulated regions of the Nordic nations.
The storm formed over the Atlantic Ocean to the south of Greenland and west of Newfoundland on 15 November. The storm followed a similar, though more northerly path than Dagmar in 2011. The storm was estimated to be less intense than Dagmar, and the more northerly track would take it over lightly populated regions.
Preparation and warnings
Before the storm the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute issued class 1- and class 2-warnings across Norrland. Class 2-warning remained active on 17 November in parts of Västerbotten and Norrbotten. The Finnish Meteorological Institute issued a level 2 warning, that significant wind damage could occur in central Finland, and released advice for the public on how to prepare for strong winds and any potential power outages.
The Norwegian energy company Statoil evacuated 97 people from the drilling platform Njord A as a safety precaution. Hurtigruten ferry sailings along the Norwegian coast were cancelled in preparation for the storm. Railway transport was halted overnight (16 November) in northern Sweden.
Fronts from low pressure area Nikolaus passed over Norway in the 24 hours before Hilde. These fronts brought close to extreme rainfall in Bergen on 15 November, and heavy rain across Western Norway which left many roads impassable as they were closed by landslides and rockfalls overnight 15-16 November.
Norway's second-largest city Bergen, saw 60 mm of rain fall in 6 hours, Friday afternoon and evening. The calls generated overwhelmed the capacity of the city's emergency lines and Bergen municipality staff set up an alternate number to cope with incoming calls reporting flooding of homes and roads. The rainfall also closed the city's Fløibanen funicular railway for only the second time in 105 years.
On the Norwegian national road 15, a bus from Volda to Oslo was caught in a landslide between Hjelle and Oppstryn around midnight. None of the 35 passengers aboard were hurt but the bus was left stuck within the slide.
High winds across Finnmark in the far north of Norway were reported on 16 November, which led to the evacuation of Hammerfest Airport's tower, and grounding of all air traffic. Wind gusts of 75 knots (139 km/h) were reported on the mountains and 64 knots (119 km/h) at the airport.
The strongest wind gust in Norway was measured at Nordøyan Lighthouse in Vikna municipality, Nord Trøndelag at 49 metres per second (180 km/h), with an average windspeed reaching 39 metres per second (140 km/h). At Sklinna Lighthouse average winds of 35 metres per second (130 km/h) were measured with gust speeds of 44 metres per second (160 km/h) in Leka municipality, Nord Trøndelag. Locally guts over land reached between 40 to 50 metres per second (140 to 180 km/h) with waves of 13-15 m at the coast. Across central Norway high wind blew trees down onto powerlines. In Helgeland the E6 road was closed from the southern county border to the Korgfjell Tunnel. In the city of Trondheim police cordoned off areas of the city centre for public safety.
In Sweden the high altitude weather station at Stekenjokk, in Lappland recorded an average windspeed (10 minutes) of 47 metres per second (170 km/h; 110 mph), which surpassed the record of 44 metres per second (160 km/h; 98 mph) recorded in association with Gudrun in 2005 and another storm in 2-3 March 2011 also recorded at Stekenjokk. The station also recorded the highest gust (2 seconds) ever recorded in November during the storm at 56 metres per second (200 km/h; 130 mph) with the previous monthly record of 55 metres per second (200 km/h; 120 mph) recorded at Tarfala 7 November 2003, The highest ever gust recorded during any month in Sweden is 81 metres per second (290 km/h; 180 mph) recorded 20 December 1992.
Inland at lower altitudes the strongest gusts were 29 metres per second (100 km/h; 65 mph) recorded at Vilhelmina, Västerbotten County and Frösön, Jämtland, which were lower than those seen during the Dagmar storm in 2011.
In Norway electricity was cut to 35,000 homes at the height of the storm, mostly in Trøndelag and Helgeland. The storm at its height left 36,000 without electricity in Jämtland, Västernorrland and Västerbotten in Sweden, which had been reduced to 28,000 by mid morning 17 November, with electricity suppliers warning some customers may not be reconnected until Monday 18 November. In Finland, an estimated 230,000 households were without electricity.
Northern Sweden also saw problems with the mobile and land line phone network, with 15,000 customers without land line connections on 17 November, in the towns of Vilhelmina and Dorotea inhabitants had difficulty in reaching the emergency services telephone number. The Norwegian communications company Telenor reported that in Nord-Trøndelag 2,800 broadband and 4,600 fixed line customers were without service and in Nordland 300 broadband customers and 460 fixed line customers were also without service on 18 November. The company also reported difficulties with the mobile phone network in these counties, with over 150 2G base stations down and 60 3G base stations out of service.
In Finland the regions of Häme, Tampere, Ostrobothnia, Satakunta and Savo, were particularly affected, with the storm felling many trees and breaking power lines. In western regions of Finland rail lines were disrupted.
In Russia power outages were reported in the town of Lakhdenpokhya, Republic of Karelia due to the strong winds. Electricity supplies were also cut to 108 villages throughout the Leningrad region, while Saint Petersburg saw electricity lines, billboards, roofing and traffic signals toppled.
In the Gulf of Finland the closure of the St Petersburg dam left the ferry MS Princess Maria was unable to enter port, waiting out the storm with 2800 passengers on board. Strong winds forced it's St. Peter Line sister ferry the MS Princess Anastasia to return to Tallinn harbour.
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