Storm wave sweeps away film crew members

Norwegian rescuers were hunting on Monday for two members of a film crew swept away by a giant wave as they were filming a killer weekend storm, rescue officials said.

The pair, who are now presumed dead, went missing on Sunday on the southwestern coast of the country, where swells reached up to 20 metres. A third crew member managed to swim ashore and alert emergency crews, rescue officials said.

The men, 25 and 27, were shooting nature scenes for an animated fantasy film.

“There is no longer any hope of finding the two men alive,” a spokesman for rescue command at Sola told NRK after a prolonged helicopter search in storm conditions.

The film crew had chosen the coast at Eigersund to capture dramatic weather shots to go with the magical themes in their production. The film “Skumringslandet”, or Twilight Land, was set in the Viking era with the Black Death and trolls plaguing a mythical Norway.

In the western coastal town of Bergen on Sunday, a man was found dead in his car after being crushed by a fallen tree, while a man in his 70s died after his small boat sank.

According to the trade organisation Finansnaeringens Fellesorganisasjon, the storm caused a significant amount of material damage.

Insurers have already received more than 500 claims for repairs worth a total of 50 million kroner ($8.5 million), a sum that is expected to rise.

The storm also led to the closure of numerous roads, bridges and ferry routes, as well as disruptions in rail and air traffic.  

The heavy winds and rainfall also caused material damage and disruptions in northern Denmark and southern Sweden.

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Partial lunar eclipse to be visible over parts of Norway

People in parts of Norway may be able to witness a partial lunar eclipse on Friday. 

Pictured is a lunar eclipse
Friday will see a partial lunar eclipse over Norway. Pictured is a lunar eclipse. Photo by Roger Starnes Sr on Unsplash

On Friday morning, the sun, the earth and the moon will align, causing a partial lunar eclipse. Friday’s celestial showcase will be an almost total lunar eclipse, with only a tiny part of the moon not ending up in the earth’s shadow. 

The eclipse will be most visible at 10:03am, when 98 percent of the moon will be in shadow. 

The moon will take on a reddish tinge as sunlight that passes through the earth’s atmosphere will be refracted back onto the moon. 

People in the north of Norway will have the best eclipse experience because the moon doesn’t go down until later in the morning at higher latitudes. The weather will also be better further north, according to forecasts. 

Residents of east and west Norway hoping for a show may have their views hindered by clouds. 

“If you are lucky, you’ll be able to see it from several parts of the country,” Randveig Eikhild from the Meteorological Institute told public broadcaster NRK

The best place to see the eclipse will be somewhere with a good clear view of the horizon, without mountains, hills or buildings in the way. 

For those in the south, where the view may not be the best due to the brighter mornings, there’s another celestial event on Friday that they will be able to witness. 

Once the sun goes down, gas giants Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the night sky and very close together. Saturn won’t be visible from the north, however. 

“Jupiter and Saturn are quite close to each other and are beautiful in the fall. However, they are not always as close as they are now. It can be a very nice sight,” Pål Brekke, from the Norwegian Space Centre, explained to NRK.