Schiphol cancels 90 flights due to strong winds; Code orange weather warning triggered

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol AirportSaschaporsche / Wikimedia Commons

Schiphol airport canceled about 90 flights on Thursday due to the weather conditions, a spokesperson announced. So far there's been no significant delays, but they are expected to increase as the winds intensify and a February storm approaches the Netherlands, the spokesperson said, according to the Volkskrant.

Meteorological institute issued a code orange weather warning for the south and western parts of the country and a code yellow weather warning for the rest of the Netherlands for Thursday afternoon. The warnings take effect around noon and are in place until midnight. According to the institute, winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour are expected, along the west coast and around the IJsselmeer the wind may even reach 130 kilometers per hour. The wind is expected to calm down somewhat during the night.

"Danger from strong winds. Risk of falling tees and loose branches", the KNMI warns. "Take measures to prevent damage or injury. Dangerous situations for traffic and water sports. Be prepared and take longer travel times into account. Follow weather forecasts and warnings."

The strong winds may be accompanied by rain and hail, according to the KNMI. Afternoon temperatures will be around 9 degrees.