More ‘extreme’ weather battered central Norway

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Warnings of “extreme” weather have become common in recent months, and left residents of Nordland, Trøndelag and Møre og Romsdal pounded by strong winds, fierce seas and both heavy rain and snow during the weekend. The weather system dubbed “Cora” forced road closures, cancelled flights and ferries and left thousands of households and businesses without electricity.

A roof blew off a house in Sandnessjøen and a warehouse in Namsos. Several thousand remained without power Sunday along the Helgeland coast and in Trøndelag.

Flights from the Værnes airport serving the Trondheim area were cancelled on Sunday as were several ferry crossings when winds approached hurricane strength. At one point, all mountain passes in Southern Norway were closed to normal traffic, for example over Strynefjellet, Vikafjellet, Hardangervidda and Hemsedalsfjellet, with only escorted convoys allowed through. The counties of Sogn og Fjordane, Buskerud, Oppland and Hedmark also experienced powerful winds on Sunday. staff