Norwegian insurance companies have registered claims from no less than 1,800 cases of damage caused by lightning so far this year, up from 1,500 cases during the first half of last year. The numbers reflect the increasingly stormy weather that’s also caused flooding and landslides around the country.
The lightning damage alone is estimated to cost around NOK 61 million (USD 10 million), reported the insurance industry’s trade association Finans Norge. Compensation claims grew by 27 percent, from the NOK 48 million filed last year.
More stormy weather, with lightning and torrential rain, was forecast for wide portions of southern Norway during the weekend, especially in the Agder counties along the south coast.