Storm warning upped to code orange for Noord-Holland

Storm clouds over the Columbus cruise ship docked at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, 31 May 2018
Storm clouds over the Columbus cruise ship Storm clouds over the Columbus cruise ship docked at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, 31 May 2018docked at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. (Photo: Zachary Newmark / NL Times)

Thunderstorms are raging across the Netherlands on Thursday. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for the provinces of Noord-Holland, Flevoland and the IJsselmeergebied just after noon. A code yellow warning is in effect for the rest of the country.

The KNMI warns people in the code orange area of hail stones between 2 and 4 centimeters, wind gusts of around 75 kilometers an hour, and a lot of rain that can result in flooding. 

More heavy thunderstorms may develop in the coming hours, especially in the north of the country.

"Danger from lightning, flooding and heavy gusts of wind", the KNMI warns. "Take measures to prevent damage or injury. Avoid open water and open areas, do not shelter under trees. Follow weather reports and warnings. 

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