Schools and day care centers were sending children home early in Kristiansund on Thursday as another extreme weather system, this one named ‘Ivar,’ blew in from the North Sea. Residents of central Norway were warned to stay indoors and brace for hurricane-force winds along the coast from Stad to Trøndelag, and inland as well.
It’s the latest in a series of severe storms that have battered Norway in recent weeks. This one was expected to be bad, and the west coast city of Kristiansund had a crisis team in place to prepare for more traffic disruption and damage.
Parents were told that if they didn’t pick up their young children by 2pm Thursday afternoon, they would be taken care of at the schools and day care centers even if it meant spending the night. No children were to be allowed outdoors after 2pm until the storm died down.
Bridges were closing, large trucks were told to stay off the roads, and ferries and flights were being cancelled or delayed. State meteorologists also warned earlier that outdoor Christmas decorations should be taken down and relatively lightweight items like trampolines should have been dismantled as well.
Police were on high alert in Sunnmøre, Romsdal and Nordmøre as the storm bore down. “We have all available crews out,” said operations leader Tore André Gram Franck of the Sunnmøre police Thursday morning.
All flights at the Ørsta airport were cancelled and bus lines warned they could not run on schedule because of the storm.