Norway braces for Storm Ingunn after Britain battered by 106mph gusts
Coastal areas in Norway are likely to experience wind gusts of 40-50 meters per second, while inland regions may still see local wind gusts ranging from 30-35 meters per second.
A red alert has been issued by the Meteorological Institute for several coastal regions in Norway, including Nordfjord, Møre and Romsdal, Trøndelag, and Helgeland. The warning signals the arrival of an impending hurricane with extremely strong gusts of wind expected from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning.
Wind gusts are forecasted to reach speeds of 35-50 meters per second, with the most intense gusts anticipated in the outer regions stretching from Stad to Helgeland.
The hurricane, named “Ingunn,” is anticipated to bring strong storm to hurricane-level winds to the coastal areas mentioned on Wednesday evening, with the wind initially intensifying in the southern regions. During the night into Thursday, the wind will shift to the west, potentially reaching hurricane strength in North Trøndelag and South Helgeland.
“Just had a wind gust of 106mph in Aonach Mor,” tweeted BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood. And BBC weather said: “#StormIngunn – named by Norweigen Met service – is undergoing explosive cyclogensis in the N. Atlantic right now (basically intensifying very rapidly). Bringing very strong winds to the N & W of Scotland with gusts of 75-85mph.”
The Norwegian Meteorological Institute warns of waves reaching heights of up to 16 meters along the coastline from Stad to Lofoten.
The extreme weather conditions are expected to pose significant challenges for road and ferry transportation, with potential closures of bridges and roads on short notice.