Strong winds and especially powerful gusts caused damage and even some injuries around southeastern Norway on Wednesday. Trees were blown down and hit passersby both in the park around the Royal Palace in Oslo and near the Frogner Park.
Dronningparken (The Queen’s Park) was closed by police Wednesday afternoon, not least after a man walking on the Palace Park’s main thoroughfare was hit by a falling tree and pinned under it. Royal Guards on duty outside the palace called both police and an ambulance. The man was conscious when taken to Oslo’s emergency hospital.
Another person out walking on what otherwise had turned into a brilliantly sunny day with mild temperatures also was hit by a falling tree. Details remained sketchy, but city officials said the person was pinned down by a tree on the trail through a valley leading into the park, Frognerbekkdalen. An ambulance rushed the injured person to hospital.
The wind gusts also knocked down power lines and cut off electricity to many residents of Romerike, northeast of Oslo. A cable was also cut near the Jansløkka School in Asker, west of Oslo, and fire crews were summoned. Winds were dying down Wednesday evening.