Storm crashes into coastal Norwegian towns
The Local · 25 Nov 2011, 14:36
Published: 25 Nov 2011 14:02 GMT+01:00
Updated: 25 Nov 2011 14:36 GMT+01:00
The storm Berit — named just before hitting coastal central and northern Norway — has broken through town flood defences in Ålesund, Kristiansund and Namsos.
Press pictures show Ålesund town centre flooded with seawater, while in Kristiansund guards are being posted at stores and shops ahead of a storm surge expected around midnight.
In Bergen, water levels are a foot below the oft-criticized harbour wall, and surging storm waters could enter the city over the next 24 hours.
A woman lays flowers near the crash site on Turøy. Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix
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The pilots reportedly gave an "everything okay" update shortly before the crash. Photo: Torstein Bøe / NTB scanpix
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Rescue crews reported no signs of survivors. Photo: Marit Hommedal/Scanpix
UPDATED: Eleven dead bodies have been recovered and the two remaining people are presumed dead.