E6 closed in several places in Northern Norway – several avalanches expected

AltaPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB
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The E6 is closed in several places in Northern Norway due to severe storms and avalanches. During the day, more wind is expected.

The E6 is still closed just south of Skibotn in North Troms after an avalanche hit the road Sunday night. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration expects to be able to open the road on Monday at 4 PM.

Due to the risk of avalanches, the E6 over Kvænangsfjellet has also been closed since Sunday evening.

A drive from Tromsø to Alta is thus more than twice as long as usual, and leads through Finland and Sweden via Narvik.

Destroyed building and art

On Monday night, a family of four had to be evacuated from their home in Harstad after a barn roof, taken by the wind, ended up hitting their home. The fire brigade retrieved the family from the basement, where it sought refuge.

“When we arrived, there was almost a flood on the spot. There was a lot of water, and the wind was blowing so hard that we had problems standing on our feet,” task leader Kjersti Synnøve Steinheim in Troms Police District told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

On Sunday evening, a 7-meter-high work of art at the airport in Tromsø was also destroyed by the storm, the channel writes. The work was shaped like a fishbowl, and artist Inghild Karlsen spent 15 years making it.

Several places in Troms og Finnmark have reported a high risk of avalanches, and according to the avalanche warning service, there may be more naturally triggered avalanches in the region.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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