New storm blowing in from North Sea

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State meteorologists warned that another severe storm was due to blow in from the North Sea over much of Southern Norway on Tuesday evening, and that it wasn’t just the West Coast that would bear the brunt of it.

“It can be quite bad right here in Østlandet (southeastern Norway) too, that’s what’s so important to get across,” state meteorologist Elbjørg Moxnes told state broadcaster NRK.

Moxnes warned that “unusually widespread storms” were moving closer to southern Norway at the beginning of this week. Winds up to storm strength are due to pound the coast from Østfold towards Sørlandet (the southern coast) and then up along the west coast towards Stad.

Since the storm is coming from the south, the winds will blow right up the Oslofjord, Moxnes said, with the strongest winds hitting around midnight. They won’t last long, she said, but they can cause damage.

“Folks need to make sure their boats are securely tied, for example,” Moxnes said, warning of rising water levels in the fjord as well.

Inland residents in southern and eastern Norway won’t necessarily be spared from the strong winds. “It can be a good idea to keep an eye on outdoor Christmas decorations,” she warned.

“Full storm” warnings were posted for Rogaland and Hordaland counties on the west coast and as far north as Stadlandet. Motorists were advised to refrain from driving over the mountains Tuesday night and Wednesday, because of forecasts for strong winds, poor visibility and slippery roads.

newsinenglish.no staff