Hurricane-force winds hit Western Norway

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UPDATED: State meteorologists warned on Wednesday that a storm bearing down on the west coast could generate winds of hurricane force, and they were right. As heavy seas and high waves crashed into coastal areas Wednesday night, winds at high elevations in Jotunheimen were clocked at 40 meters per second, well above the lower level for a hurricane of 32.6.

State meteorologist Martin Granerød told state broadcaster NRK that a “full storm,” high waves and rolling seas were expected along the west coast this week from Måloy to Ona, with the weather due to be especially ferocious around the West Cape at Stadt. It already was during the night, Granerød reported Thursday morning, but winds were just below hurricane level.

The rest of the coast of Sogn og Fjordane experienced “full storm,” as did coastal areas of Møre og Romsdal. Farther south in Hordaland and Rogaland, the weather was also bad, but characterized as “a little storm.”

There was also a lot of rain but it was due to let up on Thursday as the storm system moved east. There were some reports of damage in Sunndal, where parts of the wall and roof of a business blew off. There were no injuries reported.

newsinenglish.no staff