PHOTO: Storm causes substantial material damage in Norway

ScaffoldingPhoto: Carina Johansen / NTB
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This weekend’s storm has caused major problems in several places in the country. Trees fell over roads, people are without electricity in several areas, and planes have been redirected.

“Now the storm is moving further east, and the winds will gradually decrease in Southern Norway throughout the day,” on-duty meteorologist Martin Granerød at the Meteorological Institute told NTB.

The gusts of wind were strong in several places in Southern Norway, and in Rogaland, gusts of 48.5 meters per second were measured, corresponding to over 170 kilometers per hour.

Hurricanes have been reported in several places in Rogaland and in the mountains. Eigerøya, Obrestad lighthouse, and Utsira lighthouse are among the weather stations where hurricane-level winds were reported.

“The same applies to Sirdal, Hemsedal, and Trysil,” Granerød said.

Major material damage

The storm has led to a busy weekend for rescue workers, the police, and fire brigades in large parts of Southern Norway.

“We have had 77 assignments dealing with weather and extreme weather conditions since 3 PM on Saturday. Everything from trees that fell, ‘flying’ trampolines, roof tiles that the wind blew off, and other things,” operations manager Anders Oppedal in the Southwestern Police District told the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad on Sunday morning.

The police expect more reports of material damage after Sunday. 

A scaffold fell over the tram rails in Grensen. Photo: undefined / NTB

Many people without electricity

Thousands of people in Western Norway are without electricity due to the storm. According to the newspaper Bergens Tidende, almost 13,000 customers in the area of ​​BKK Nett were without electricity on Saturday.

Electricity-related problems have also been reported in Agder.

Air traffic was also affected by the strong gusts of wind, and a number of planes had problems landing at the airports in Stavanger and Bergen Saturday and Sunday.

Two of the planes were redirected east towards Oslo, TV 2 writes, describing the situation on board one of the planes as dramatic. At one point, there was panic among several passengers.

The storm has also affected Denmark, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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

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