Record rain after record drought

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The heavy rain that fell over much of Southern Norway during the weekend set records that seemed to take various areas from one extreme to the other after this summer’s drought. Three places in central Norway recorded their wettest August day in the past 78 years, but the drought isn’t over.

Weather stations at Sverresborg in Trondheim, Voll in Trøndelag and Innerdalen in Møre og Romsdal all broke records for the rain that fell from Friday night to Saturday morning. At Sverresborg, for example, newspaper Adresseavisen reported that 72.8 millimeters fell, the largest amount since 1940.

Many areas were still mopping up early this week, and clearing away trees that were blown over. Emergency services responded to 140 calls for help within a 12-hour period in Oslo, where strong winds caused most of the damage. Insurance companies were deluged with claims on Monday and Tuesday, most of them in Akershus and Østfold counties, and Oslo. A total of 40,000 people lost power, with 3,000 still without power when the week began. Most households have since had their power restored.

newsinenglish.no staff