New floods close roads across southern Norway

Several roads in southern Norway are closed on Monday due to flooding.

New floods close roads across southern Norway
Photo: Kristian Vabo / NTB scanpix

Heavy rainfall in Norway’s south in recent days have resulted in a number of roads being closed across the region, roads agency Statens Vegvesen reported on Monday.

Coastal roads between Tvedestrand and Mandal in the south east have been closed in several areas, with reduced access in a number of other locations due to clear-up efforts following the flooding, reports newspaper VG.

“A village of around 20 houses is isolated in Froland because a bridge risks collapsing. Somebody will look at what must be done there during the course of the day,” operation leader Per Kristian Clausen of the Agder police district told VG.

Extensive flooding last hit Norway’s southern regions at the beginning of this month, with damage costs thought to be up to half a billion kroner (53 million euros), according to a report released by Finans Norge last week.

3,300 separate damage reports had been registered at the time of the report.

Weather forecasts point to a dry day on Monday, but with heavy rain returning in the evening and continuing through the early part of the week.

According to figures published by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, the Bøylefoss power station in the Froland municipality received the most rain over the weekend, with 127.5 mm in total.

Froland and other eastern areas are also set to receive more rain than other parts of the south on Monday, according to VG’s report.

“There is a lot of rain in small watercourses. It will not take much rain for levels to rise again,” Clausen told VG.

Police have advised motorists to exercise caution and respect road closures put in place due to the flooding.

Statens Vegvesen’s map of closed roads can be viewed (in Norwegian) here.

READ ALSO: More rain predicted for southern Norway after floods cause millions in damage


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.