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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Bad weather continues to batter the north

UPDATED: Another rash of stormy weather was causing more problems for residents of Northern Norway this week, just days after they were battered by hurricane-force winds that caused widespread damage. Many roads were closed in Nord-Trøndelag and Nordland County, flights were cancelled and an avalanche in Troms proved fatal.

Both the main E6 highway and County Road 17 were closed in Nord-Trøndelag because of flooding. The E6 was blocked three kilometers north of Grong, forcing a detour of at least three hours for vehicular traffic needing to get through the area.

The E10 highway was also closed over the mountains at Bjørnfjell on both the Norwegian and Swedish sides of the border. Airline Widerøe cancelled several flights around Nordland and Trøndelag because of the bad weather, while SAS reported delays.

Farther north in Troms, the weather was so bad that police and the Red Cross were unable to send emergency crews into the valley south of Storsletta in Nordreisa, where a snowmobile driver was reported missing after an avalanche. Drones were launched in the area to take photos and determine whether it was save to send in the roughly 25 search and rescue personnel who were standing by.

Crews could finally enter the area later on Wednesday and found the missing man dead in the masses of snow that crashed down near a snowmobile trail. His body was found at a depth of 2.4 meters, reported police in Troms. staff



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