The Governor has strengthened the emergency preparedness and I monitoring the weather situation. The evacuation of people from the avalanche prone areas have been executed according to plan.

The Meteorological Institute warns of strong storms and extreme gusts of 45 m / s for Nordenskiöldland Thursday. The avalanche risk is category 4 - high.

Due to the strong winds, dangerous situations can arise in the city with debris flying through the air and damage to buildings. One must also expect very poor visibility, which further enhances the danger. Therefore, the Governor encourages people to stay inside.

The Governor asks people to follow the websites of The Governor and Longyearbyen lokalstyre.