First storm damage reports of 2018 start trickling in
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.