New storm threatens western Norway

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Another severe storm that has quickly moved across the Norwegian Sea was threatening western Norway on Tuesday, with state meteorologists warning that it could turn into a hurricane around the West Cape on the peninsula known as Stad.

Everyone living along the coast and especially at Stad were urged to stay indoors. “We’re going to get strong southerly winds and a full storm at Stad,” state meteorologist Mariann Foss told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Tuesday morning. “From midday it will be increasing to a hurricane at Stad Tuesday night.”

Foss cautioned that residents should prepare for another storm that was far more intense than the “everyday” stormy weather that can hit the area. It’s the second major storm to hit western Norway in less than a week, with the one that moved over Vestlandet last Wednesday and Thursday turning deadly as it rammed northern Norway.

“This one deserves a lot of respect,” Foss said. “I would advise people living along the coast to stay indoors.”

The strong winds have blown up because of a severe low-pressure system over the Norwegian Sea, she told NRK. That has stirred up a storm front that was pressing toward the mainland.

High seas and strong winds were already reported in Molde Tuesday morning, and all coastal towns and cities in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, including Ålesund and Kristiansund, were due for a pounding. Foss said that rain, sleet, snow, fog and thunder were also in the forecast, in addition to the unusually strong winds.

Avalanche warnings already had been posted all over the area, because of a recent spell of highly variable temperatures.

The storm was due to rage through the evening and die down Wednesday morning, but stormy weather would continue throughout the day and evening.

“We’re expecting snow and sleet at higher elevations and rain along the coast,” Foss said.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund
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