Western Norway placed on red weather alert for floods 

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Western Norway placed on red weather alert for floods 
A red weather warning has been issued in western Norway. Pictured is rain in Bergen. Photo by Kjetil Jakobsen on Unsplash

A red danger warning has been issued for flooding in Vestland County in western Norway by the weather warning service Varsom on Friday.


A red weather warning, the highest level, will be in place for Vestland County in western Norway from this afternoon until Saturday morning, warning service Varsom has said. 

Several parts of the county are expected to see between 68 and 131 millimetres of rain from Friday afternoon. The red weather warning applies specifically to the central and inner parts of Vestland County. 


Below you can see the parts of the county which are expected to see heavy rainfall. 

Varsom has warned that extensive flooding, erosion damage, and flooding damage could all occur and that several roads and bridges may be closed. 

When a red weather warning is issued, the public is advised to secure their valuables. During a red weather warning, it is "very likely there will be widespread damage, travel and power disruption and even risk to life," according to Norwegian forecasting site Yr.

In Årdal municipality, a crisis staff has been set up, and schools have been closed due to flooding. 

"We are a municipality with a lot of flooding and landslide problems, and now there was a landslide in Utladalen recently, so that's when we decided this," Stig Stark-Johansen, municipal director, told regional paper Bergens Tidende

The municipality is also concerned that a bridge over the river Utla could collapse.

READ MORE: What you need to know about Norway’s weather warning system


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