The Norwegian Meteorological Institute announces an increase to southeastern storm on exposed places on Spitsbergen from Wednesday afternoon. - We follow the weather situation continuously, Governor Kjerstin Askholt says.

- We have had a meeting with NVE today and will have another meeting with avalanche experts Wednesday morning. Longyearbyen emergency board is summoned to a meeting this afternoon, Governor Kjerstin Askholt informs.

- We have now a good avalanche warning system. There are procedures in this system that are now followed. On this background and on professional advices from NVE, we will consecutively consider measures, including possible evacuation of people, she says.

We ask people to follow the Governor's website for information concerning the situation.