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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Storm kept police busy, warmer days on the way

Police and emergency crews all over Norway took in lots of calls for help as Easter weekend storms toppled trees and tore down power lines. State meteorologists promise, however, that much better weather is on the way.

More than 65,000 households were without electricity on Monday in the new county Innlandet alone. It combines the large former counties of Hedmark and Oppland. At least 500 were still without power Tuesday morning, mostly in and around Kongsvinger. Elverum, just east of Hamar, was hardest hit after trees crashed down over power lines.

Police in the Oslo area also reported lots of calls that fallen trees had blocked streets or caused damage. Farther north in Trøndelag at least 3,000 lost power, while truck drivers reported having to wait 24 hours until roads over the mountains in Nordland could be reopened.

After some rain and cloudy skies on Tuesday, though, meteorologists were predicting much higher temperatures and sunshine later in the week and through the weekend. Thermometers may reach nearly 20C by Saturday. staff



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