A combination of stormy weather and extremely high tides were prompting warnings from state meteorologists on Friday that flooding may occur along coastal areas of southern and western Norway throughout the weekend. Bergen was singled out as especially vulnerable.
Bergen’s famous wharf from its years as a Hanseatic trading port was bracing for flooding, and water levels were already high on Friday morning, reported state broadcaster NRK. On Saturday the tides would be even higher, at least a meter above normal if not much more.
“We’re talking about 85 centimeters above the high tide levels in the tables,” Tron Thorsteinson, of the weather service Værvarslinga på Vestlandet. The Bergen wharf known as Bryggen was in the highest risk zone.
Extremely high tides were also expected from the Helgelands coast in the north, around Kristiansand and Sørlandet in the south and up to the Oslo Fjord. Residents along the waterfront were urged to secure possessions, take items up from floors in waterfront buildings and boat houses, and tie up boats that could float away.
The unusual tidal action was blamed on the new moon rising after the weekend, winds from the south-southwest and low-pressure systems that were stirring up the seas and producing rain. Lots of wave action was also expected along the coast.