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Nordic Utilities Restore Most Power Four Days After Storm

January 03, 2012

(Updates numbers affected from second paragraph.)

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Nordic utilities have restored power to most of their customers four days after a storm swept through the region and damaged power grids.

In Finland, about 20,000 homes are without electricity, including 17,000 customers of Fortum Oyj, the biggest utility, according to information on company websites. In Sweden, 4,700 households were without power, an increase from 2,100 this morning. Norway’s Statnett SF said today 750 homes lacked power.

The storm Dagmar pounded the Nordic countries with hurricane-strength winds on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27, cutting power to as many as 264,500 homes, damaging buildings, shutting roads and halting trains.

The storm felled trees worth 120 million euros ($155 million) in Finland, the government in Helsinki said in an e- mailed statement today. Most of Fortum’s blacked out customers have been without power since the storm hit, the company said.

--Editor: Jonas Bergman, Meera Bhatia

To contact the reporter on this story: Kati Pohjanpalo in Helsinki at kpohjanpalo@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jonas Bergman at jbergman@bloomberg.net


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