Torrential rains hammered Stavanger

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Residents of Stavanger were still mopping up on Tuesday after a downpour on Monday that flooded roads, stalled cars and filled up cellars with water. Even those accustomed to extreme weather said the unusually heavy rain was unique.

“I’ve driven trucks for many years, and never seen anything like it,” Ole Henry Aasheim, who works for Ryfylke Renovasjon, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

The rain was so intense that it only took a few minutes for it to create traffic chaos Monday afternoon. The storm was sudden and unexpected, with state meteorologists failing to foresee it during a summer of wildly variable weather.

More heavy rain west of Oslo snarled traffic on Tuesday afternoon, with unstable weather forecast for the rest of the week.

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