The powerful remains of the tropical storm dubbed Sally slammed into Northern Norway on Monday, flooding the E6 highway at Rana to such an extent that no vehicles could cross over it. Since the highway runs from the Swedish border in the south all the way to the Russian border in the north, that effectively cut the country in two.
Strong winds and heavy rain forced cancellation of ferries, sent outdoor trampolines flying through the air and blew over everything from outdoor garbage dumpsters to patio furniture. While the weather was mild in the south, with hazy sunshine and temperatures in the teens, the storm that hit from Helgeland and northwards isolated communities and stranded travelers driving and taking ferries that connect the coastal Highway 17.
Some areas of Nordland County were bracing for 100 millimeters of rain in the course of 24 hours, also setting off warnings of not just floods but landslides as well. “It’s full storm, both north in Nordland and in South Troms,” state meteorologist Gjermund Haugen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). Around 1,000 homes were without electricity in Tromso, following an intense period of lightning and thunder.