Storm battered west and roof collapsed

Warnings had been posted and they proved well-founded: Another severe storm moved in from the North Sea this week and caused damage up and down the coast. Heavy snow farther east, meanwhile, is believed to have caused the roof of a dance hall in Lillehammer to collapse. Meteorologists said that the new storm in the […]

Storm victims can claim compensation

This week’s troublesome winter weather left thousands of residents without power, some of them for more than 40 hours. Electricity had been restored for most by Thursday, but they can still claim compensation from their power suppliers. “They have to fill out an application form that’s available on our website,” Thor Bjørn Omnes of Skagerak […]

Outdoor cinema gone with the wind

TROMSØ: Strong Arctic winds in Tromsø spoiled plans for an outdoor cinema at its annual Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) that started rolling this week. Otherwise the popular film festival was attracting large crowds as usual and packing local hotels and restaurants. It’s the 28th time the film festival is being held in Norway’s Arctic […]

Snowstorms spur ‘chaos’ in southeast

Blizzards that were leaving some areas with as much as 70 centimeters of snow (more than two feet) all but paralyzed transport in counties stretching from Agder to Oslo and Østfold on Tuesday. Nearly 20,000 households were also without electricity Tuesday morning. Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen was scrambling to keep up with the onslaught […]

Hurricane raged from south to north

Norway was battered by winds well over hurricane force on Monday, as yet another major storm system moved in over southern portions of the country and extended to its northenmost areas of Troms and Finnmark. Meteorologists weren’t calling the weather “extreme,” though, even as it ripped the roof off a house in Hordaland, forced cancellation […]

More ‘extreme’ weather battered central Norway

Warnings of “extreme” weather have become common in recent months, and left residents of Nordland, Trøndelag and Møre og Romsdal pounded by strong winds, fierce seas and both heavy rain and snow during the weekend. The weather system dubbed “Cora” forced road closures, cancelled flights and ferries and left thousands of households and businesses without […]

More extreme weather batters West Coast

Strong winds and heavy rain set off more flooding and landslides at low elevations along Norway’s West Coast on Saturday. Blizzards at higher elevations forced closure of most mountain highways, disrupting travel plans for many trying to get home for Christmas. State broadcaster NRK reported that at least one community was left isolated after rocks […]

Bad weather can disrupt holiday traffic

More storms with strong winds were threatening to close more mountain highways in southern Norway on Thursday, just as hundreds of thousands of people are trying to head home for the holidays. “We can’t promise that motorists will be able to avoid disruption before Christmas,” meteorologist Gunnar Livik told state broadcaster NRK. Winds, blowing snow […]

Woman killed after landslide hit house

A 38-year-old mother of five was killed when a landslide crashed through the family’s home during another severe storm on Norway’s West Coast. The large, modern house was destroyed but her children and husband survived. She’d been reported missing after torrents of mud and rock measuring 100 meters long and 10 meters wide loosened from […]

Skies cleared after violent storms

The extreme weather system dubbed “Ylva” was finally subsiding on Friday after two days of strong winds, rain and blizzards that started in the south and then raged northwards. Nordland and Troms could start cleaning up while Finnmark continued to be battered. Thousands of residents lost electricity but state waterways and energy directorate NVE reported […]