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Berit, 66, saw her house blow away on Christmas Day

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13:27 CET+01:00
A 66-year-old Norwegian woman sought refuge in her cellar and escaped unharmed as a hurricane ripped her home to pieces on Christmas Day.

Berit Myren, from Lodalen in western Norway, was later rescued from the ruins of her home in a neighbour’s tractor, local newspaper Fjordingen reports.

Popping her head up from the cellar to see if the storm, dubbed Dagmar, had done any damage, Myren found her home was no longer intact.

She rushed to the telephone and called her neighbour, national broadcaster NRK reports. By the time he arrived to take her away in his tractor, the 30-year-old house was completely destroyed.

Once the winds began to calm, Myren’s family ventured back to the site to assess the damage.

“The roof of the house is 500 meters away. The walls have been torn down. It's just fortunate nobody was injured,” said her daughter, Oddbjørg Tonning, to NRK.

“It was tough getting there and seeing my childhood home in ruins,” she added.

Around 5,000 homes in western Norway remained without electricity on Wednesday morning. The Christmas storm inflicted major damage to the national grid, as powerful winds and landslides left 100,000 households without power on Monday morning.

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