Intense weather started hitting Vestlandet (Western Norway) on September 14, 2019, with strong storms, winds, and snow all over the area. The extreme conditions resulted in uprooted trees, knocked down power lines, floods, and landslides.
Up to 20 cm (7.8 inches) of snow was dumped in some parts of the mountains. Many others were also evacuated due to risks of flooding and landslides after torrential rains.
The extreme storms also prompted officials to close several roads including RV52 over Hemsedalsfjellet, and 10 other county roads from Laerdal and Geiranger to Stryn. Trollstigen was also closed immediately, leaving tourists disappointed.
Southern cities Kristiansand and Arendal received powerful wind gusts, which caused trees knocking down power towers eventually cutting off electricity. Utility companies have started repairing the damages.
— Meteorologene (@Meteorologene) September 15, 2019
Harsh winds and storms also destroyed over 180 apple trees in Hardanger, leaving farmers devastated. Although that kind of weather is typical for locals, the gusts that recently hit the area were shockingly too powerful.
The coastal city of Alesund was stunned by severe weather as well that ships had to cancel the sailing. Over 3 400 passengers were stranded as a result.
Meanwhile, 75 mm (3 inches) of heavy rain fell in Bergen from September 14 to 15.
According to the country's meteorological agency, more snow is expected to fall through the week.
Featured image credit: Statens Vegvesen
If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, select the level of your support and register your account.
Your support makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.
All our supporters can browse the website without ads, allowing much faster speeds and a clean interface. Your comments will be instantly approved and you’ll have a direct line of communication with us from within your account dashboard. You can suggest new features and apps and you’ll be able to use them before they go live.
You can choose the level of your support.
Stay kind, vigilant and ready!