Monday, May 23

Strong winds have reached Oslo – now you should secure loose objects

Southern Norway is ravaged by severe storms. Oslo is spared the most dramatic. But there may be tree falls in the capital as well.

It blows well on Saturday night in the south and west. On E39 in Lyngdal, the road was blocked by trees that fell over the road today.

In Stavanger, the wind has torn out roof tiles at a shopping center, according to Stavanger Aftenblad. In Bergen, there is a full storm after a day with heavy rain, according to Bergens Tidende.

Also in Agder it is blowing hard. On E39 in Lyngdal, a tree overturned in the roadway late Saturday afternoon. In addition, 1400 households are without electricity in the county, reports NRK.

Not so dramatic in Oslo

Around 5.30 pm, the strong wind came to Oslo. The meteorologist on duty Per Egil Haga tells Aftenposten.

– We can expect quite strong winds also in Oslo, says Haga.

– The inhabitants should attach loose objects, he adds.

It will blow quite strongly throughout the evening and night until Sunday, says Haga. Trees can be blown over, but he does not believe in the major damage in the Oslo area. The gusts can be up to 23 seconds, he warns. The east and west sides of the Oslo Fjord will also be hit by strong winds.

– But it does not look so dramatic. North and west of the capital, the wind is stronger.

Occasional gusts of wind

Already early Saturday afternoon, the storm hit Rogaland. Trees are blown over and ferry departures are set.

– It is blowing so hard here now that I do not dare to leave the house, says jærbuen Einar Egeland to NRK.

When the wind sweeps over the Oslo area, it is not the same storm that hits the coastal areas. There are occasional gusts of wind, and it can be quite quiet between each time, says Haga. Power outages are unlikely, he believes.

Several closed mountain passes

These transitions are closed, Saturday at 18.30:

  • Rv. 52 Hemsedalsfjellet: Closed
  • Rv. 15 Strynefjellet: Closed
  • Rv. 13 Vikafjellet: Closed
  • Rv. 7 Hardangervidda: Closed
  • Fv. 53 Tyin – Årdal: Closed
  • Fv. 50 Hol – Aurland: Closed
  • Fv. 27 Venabygdsfjellet:
  • Closed E10
  • Bjørnfjell: Closed

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