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Monday, July 15, 2024

Southern Norway battered by storms

Flights were disrupted, thousands were still without power, roads were blocked and at least one west coast airport also had to  close on Friday, as storm-weary Norwegians faced the aftermath of another major storm on Thursday.

Bergen’s main airport had to ground most flights on Friday morning after 17 centimeters of snow dumped on the west coast city overnight. A Wideroe plane slid into a truck as it battled strong winds and icy runways trying to reach the gate.

Traffic was chaotic around Bergen, and three buses slid off the road on Friday morning, more in other parts of the country. School children had to climb from the windows of one bus after the doors jammed shut, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

In Møre and Romsdal two buses were blown off the road, and an airport bus carrying passengers in Ålesund was blown onto its side. There were some minor injuries among the driver and four passengers.

In South Rogaland, 10 people were evacuated after the roof blew off their housing complex in Tjelta. Police received around 115 reports of damage overnight, including roofs off apartments, houses and businesses, boats and buoys coming loose, and trees and powerlines being blown down, also in and around the Oslo area.

Police were warning of extremely slippery, icy roads in many parts of the country, and asking people to avoid driving and take public transport if possible. Some drivers were injured in car accidents, and many roads remained closed.

The storm created some dramatic moments all over the country, with the Hurtigruten ship Trollfjorden actually forced into the main bridge in Tromsø on Thursday night. The bridge was closed for inspection while the ship sustained only minor damage. staff



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