Tuesday, 31 March 2015 - 08:09
Warning intensified as winds grow stronger
The KNMI has extended a code orange warning for strong winds for Friesland, Groningen, the norther parts of Drenthe and in the Wadden area, as a spring storm is set to hit the country. A code yellow warning applies for the rest of the country. The code orange areas can expect very strong winds of between 100 and 120 kilometers per hour during the late morning and early afternoon. Inland winds of between 75 and 90 kilometers per hour can be expected and in the coastal provinces and above the Ijsselmeer winds of about 100 kilometers per hour. The inland winds will calm down during tonight and the winds along the coast will taper off Wednesday morning. A few showers can also be expected during the day. The showers will increase by late afternoon and storms and hail may be expected. The Traffic Information Service is expecting a very busy rush hour due to the strong winds and showers. The service warns that the strong winds can be dangerous for motorists and especially vehicles with trailers and empty trucks. Two trucks have already been blown over on the A6 from Emmeloord to Lelystad and another truck on the N50. The showers and storms expected this afternoon could cause dangerous situations during the evening rush hour. NS reports that there will be fewer Intercity direct trains between Amsterdam Centraal and Breda due to the weather. The disturbance is expected to be over around 15:00 this afternoon. A number of flights to and from Schiphol airport has been cancelled. Travelers are advised to keep an eye on the airport's website for information about their flights.