First storm damage reports of 2018 start trickling in

Blown down tree lands on a car in Rotterdam, 3 Jan 2017
Blown down tree lands on a car in Rotterdam, 3 Jan 2017Photo: @VRR_VGZuid / Twitter

With the first storm of the year hitting the Netherlands today, the first storm damage reports of the year are also coming in. According to Weerplaza, a gust of 141 kilometers per hour was measured in Vlissingen early on Wednesday morning. The storm is expected to peak between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Reports of blown down trees are coming in from nearly all of the Dutch provinces, the Telegraaf reports. In Ablasserdam a tree blew over and landed on a parked car. The same happened on Ellemare in Rotterdam. A blown down tree on the tracks between Utrecht and Amsterdam means that fewer trains are traveling between the two cities. In Goor, Overijssel, a train crashed into a fallen tree. There were no passengers in the train at the time. 

Fallen trees are causing major problems in Noord-Brabant, Omroep Brabant reports. Trees fell onto the road in Oud Gastel, de Moer, Roosendaal, and Oudenbosch. In Bergen op Zoom, a fallen tree damaged an apartment building. In Etten-Leur a circus tent collapsed. 

In Berkel en Rodenrijs the facade of a home was blown off. No one was injured, but the damage is extensive. 

The strongest gust of wind so far was measured at 141 kilometers per hour in Vlissingen around 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. In De Bilt the wind peaked at 105 kilometers per hour, in Cabauw at 117 kilometers per hour and in Herwijnen at 122 km/h.