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Gusting winds during a storm in Helsinki. Archive picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A winter storm called “Aku” run amok in Finland during Sunday night. At midnight, 7,500 households were without electricity.

At the west coast, gusts of wind reached to as much as 32.8 meters per second. In Pori, for example, the emergency center reported of fallen trees on the roads and on the power lines.

After 4:00 in the morning, there were still about 4,000 homes without power and by 05:30, the number had reduced to 2,800.

The storm, which calmed down by 06:00, arrived in Finland from Sweden, where it was called Cora, a Greek word for “maiden.” Its mythological roots can be traced back to the name of Persephone, the goddess of the underworld who lives there in the winter.

In Finland, “Aku” is most famous as the first name of the Disney duck, Donald. A temperamental character, sure, but those thousands of households still without power, are not likely to spread the comic across the breakfast table today.

Sources: MTV, Foreca, The Finnish Meteorological Institute

Tony Öhberg