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Thursday, February 22, 2024

New storm cuts Norway in two

Northern- and Southern Norway were cut off from each other Wednesday evening, after yet another extreme storm slammed into the central portions of the country. The E6 highway that runs from the border to Sweden in the south to the border to Russia in the far north was closed over the mountains of Saltfjellet in Nordland, and all airline flights, trains and ferries were halted.

More hurricane-force winds, part of the extreme weather system dubbed Inngun, crashed into coastal communities Wednesday afternoon. Code Red warnings were posted for most of the central- to northern coast, while Trøndelag was also hit hard with most ferries and 131 bus departures cancelled.

Residents in a wide area from Bergen to Bodø were urged to just stay home until the storm let up. The main E6 highway was also closed over Dovrefjellet, southwest of Trondheim, as were most all highways over the mountains of Southern Norway including RV7 over Hardangervidda, FV50 Aurland-Hol, RV52 over Hensedal, RV13 over Vikafjell, E16 over Filefjell and RV 15 over Strynefjellet.

All schools were ordered closed on Thursday in Bodø, which also faced storm damage heading into its big weekend with the scheduled opening of the city’s year as a Cultural Capital of Europe. The seas were so stormy just outside of Bodø that waves as high as 21.5 meters were crashing into Lofoten to the northwest. Bodø Salten and Vesterålen were all included in the Code Red warnings being issued by state meteorologists.

NewsinEnglish.no staff

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