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Friday, July 19, 2024

Storm finally over after destructive days

Norway’s meteorological institute could finally report Thursday night that the extreme weather system dubbed “Gyda” was over, but flooding and landslide danger remained. Lots more wind and snow, too.

There were no reported deaths or injuries, but the storms that raged from Vestlandet to Trøndelag and farther north left a lot of destruction in their wakes. Fully 174mm of rain poured down on Møre og Romsdal and 105 mm on Trøndelag, setting off floods and avalanches as snow melted and crashed down on roads and property.

Entire sections of the E39 highway were torn up or washed away at Vinjeøra in Trøndelag with long lists of other roads closed, flooded or blocked by landslides all around the mountainous county of Vestlandet. The river Surna rose well over its banks and flooded campgrounds, while winds tore the roof off barns and other buildings.

Warnings were still up for more avalanches and landslides in steep mountain areas, also in Northern Gudbrandsdalen. They can easily be set off by the massive rain and rising temperatures, along with strong winds set to keep blowing into the weekend. staff



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