Northern Europe under extreme weather warning alert

Wednesday, August 9, 2023


Norwegian authorities warned Tuesday to prepare for ‘extremely heavy rainfall’ after Storm Hans caused two deaths, ripped off a roof, and upended summertime life in northern Europe.

Strong winds continued to batter the region along with rains, causing a lengthy list of disruptions in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania, Finland, Estonia, and Latvia.

Ferries were cancelled, flights were delayed, roads and streets were flooded, trees were uprooted, people were injured by falling branches, and thousands remained without electricity on Tuesday.

In Oslo, officials urged people to work from home. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate warned of ‘extremely heavy rainfall’ in the country’s south, adding ‘unnecessary traffic should be avoided’.

Norwegian authorities kept the extreme weather warning alert at its highest level in southern Norway due to heavy rain, mudslides, and flash floods.

They also sent out text messages in several foreign languages, including English, to holidaymakers warning of the foul weather.    

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