Melting snow and suddenly warm temperatures are, as predicted, prompting flood warnings to rise to just one step below red alert all over Norway. Flooding and landslides have already hit several areas in the mountains and in Northern Norway.
One mudslide shook residents in Luster Monday morning, damaging property and farms as it crashed down a mountainside. A local river also ran over its banks and the slide cut off a local road.
More rain is expected in Southern Norway, where temperatures suddenly went from spring to full summer over the past few days. Lots of rain is falling in Northern Norway, where three homes were evacuated in Alta Sunday night for fear of more landslides. Several hytter (holiday homes) were evacuated Tana, while farther west in Troms, a rockslide at Lavangen frigtened homeowners. There were no injuries.
State meteorologists predict more rain later this week, and flood warnings are up for much of Southern- and Eastern Norway, along with Finnmark and Troms in the north.