Hurricane warnings up for West Coast

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State meteorologists were issuing warnings on Wednesday for another round of unusually strong winds during the evening and night ahead. Hurricane-force winds were predicted along parts of Norway’s west coast, along with some “scary” winds up the Oslo Fjord.

“We expect that these winds will cause some problems,” meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerlid told weather website yr.no on Wednesday.

Norway’s West Cape on the Stad peninsula was due to be hardest hit, with winds of up to 126 kilometers an hour. The stormy weather can be just as forceful both north and south of Stad, in the county of Sogn og Fjordane.

“It will be worst along the coast and in the mountains,” Fagerlid said. “We expect that bridges will need to be closed and ferry routes cancelled.” He also urged residents to bring in or secure loose items outdoors, because the winds can send them flying and cause both damage and physical injury.

The forecast called for full storm from Bergen in the south to Bodø in the north, and strong winds along the southern coast of Skagerrakk and up the Oslo Fjord as well. Per Egil Haga, the state meteorologist following conditions for the southeastern part of Norway, said there may well be some stormy hours Wednesday night and extending into early Thursday morning.

“These winds will only last a few hours but that’s enough to cause problems,” said Haga, who warned against anyone venturing out in small boats. He also urged residents to take in outdoor furniture before retiring for the night.

newsinenglish.no staff