Thunderstorm warning escalated to code orange

Storm clouds gather over a tulip field
Storm clouds gather over a tulip field. (Photo: O.Rohulya/DepositPhotos)

Meteorological institute KNMI escalated its warning for thunderstorms set to hit the Netherlands this afternoon to code orange. "As the storm front crosses the country, it increases in intensity. That is why a code orange applies", the meteorological institute said.

The code orange applies to all provinces except for Zeeland, Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland and Noord-Holland. These provinces will be hit by the thunderstorms first, when they are not yet super intense. A code yellow warning applies for these provinces.

The thunderstorms are expected to bring with them hail, heavy downpours and strong winds with gusts up to 100 kilometers per hour. "Take measures to prevent damage or injury. Avoid open water and open areas, do not shelter under trees. Follow weather reports and warnings", KNMI said.

NS and ProRail adjusted the train schedule to run fewer trains in the east of the country between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. due to the stormy weather. This is to be able to better cope with any eventual problems. NS advice travelers to plan their journey shortly before departure and keep an eye on the travel information. "Take longer travel times and crowds into account."

 

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