Western Norway braced for flooding

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Another storm was due to roll in over Western Norway on Wednesday, prompting flood warnings for the western portions of Vest-Agder, all of Rogaland and the southern portion of Hordaland counties. State meteorologists warned that a rise in temperatures and lots of heavy rainfall will lead to high water levels in low-lying areas.

Downpours were predicted for the west coast from Lindenes up towards Bergen with the heaviest rain expected to fall from early Wednesday morning through Thursday.

“There will be much rain locally,” state meteorologist Anne-Mette Olsen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “It’s a bit difficult to say how much, but between 30 and 60 millimeters is possible in the space of 24 hours.”

Higher temperatures will also lead to snow melt as high as 1,000 meters above sea level, according to the Meteological Institute. That in turn will leave creeks and rivers from the mountains gushing, with flooding likely as the water rises over its banks.

The flood warning is the second in as many weeks, after rainfall in Rogaland was so heavy around Stavanger and Jæren that several cellars were flooded and fields were left underwater earlier this month. The rain over the next two days was expected to be just as intense.

newsinenglish.no staff