Storms cut power to thousands

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Norway’s state meteorologic institute sent out warnings on Thursday of powerful winds over much of the southeast (Østlandet) and the Agder counties. The stormy weather had left more than 4,000 households and busineesses without power as of early afternoon.

It wasn’t only in Northern Norway that stormy weather was causing problems. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that 4,335 customers of power provider Hafslund were without electricity, nearly half of them in Halden and Sarpsborg.

Power failures were also reported in Lillestrøm, Ullensaker, Aremark and Oslo, where thousands of people are working from home because of the Corona virus crisis. The strong winds were blamed for tearing down Hafslund’s power lines.

Utility company Skagerrak Energi in Agder also reported power failures and local police were getting calls for help. The roof was blown off some buildings in Oslo and Drammen, and a sailboat was torn from its moorings in Brevik. staff