State meteorologists were issuing new warnings on Thursday for yet another storm due to bear down on Southern Norway on Friday. They’re predicting not only more strong winds but also lots of rain.
Residents of Hordaland and the neighboring county of Sogn og Fjordane were still sorting out the damage and disruption caused by hurricane-forced winds during the night when the new warning came. It involves what the meteorologists call a “new, powerful low-pressure system” over Southern Norway on Friday that can bring winds of 162 kilometers an hour.
The worst winds are expected to hit the southwest coast from Lindesnes north towards Stavanger. Rogaland County will also experience very strong winds in the mountains to the north.
The winds will stretch across the sea all the way east to Sweden’s west coast, and move north. “Rogaland, Sørlandet and Østlandet will be hit the hardest this time,” state meteorologist Kristian Gislefoss told weather website yr.no. “The winds will increase to full storm during the course of Friday, and have great potential for more damage over a wide area.”
He was urging people to stay away from the coast and the mountains. His colleague Eldbjørg Moxnes suggested that residents of Rogaland, Agder, Telemark, Vestfold, Østfold, Akershus, Oslo and Buskerud just stay indoors, especially Friday afternoon and evening. Oppland and Hedmark counties can expect the winds to extend into Saturday.