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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Southern Norway recovering from some extreme weather

The Norwegian capital was recovering on Tuesday after sudden, torrential rain set off flash floods on Monday. The extreme weather, accompanied by lots of lightning and thunder, also knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses.

Repairs were rapidly underway, though, especially on Parkveien in Oslo’s Frogner-Vika district. It’s an important street for cross-town bus service, but a large portion of it literally cracked up and sunk during the deluge, forcing its closure. By Monday afternoon, however, emergency crews had assessed the damage and were confident the street could be repaved and reopened by the end of the week.

Floodwaters were nearly knee-deep also at other transit hubs around Majorstuen and Solli Plass in Oslo, which was hit especially hard by what meteorologists called an “almost unbelievable” downpour. The heavy rain was highly localized, however, with some areas of Oslo and in the western suburbs barely getting any precipitation at all.

Large portions of southeastern Norway were also drenched, and cellars flooded. The extreme weather followed several days of unusually high temperatures all over Central- and Southern Norway, and concerns of another drought. staff



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