More strong winds as Netherlands cleans up debris left by storm Franklin
After a storm-filled weekend, the Netherlands can expect another windy day. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country, warning of gusts up to 90 kilometers per hour.
The warning takes effect in the coastal provinces and Wadden islands at 8:00 a.m. and will spread through the country during the morning. By noon, the entire country will be covered by the code yellow. The wind should die down around 6:00 p.m., the KNMI expects.
During this wind-filled day, Rijkswaterstaat still has to deal with fallen trees and other debris left by storm Franklin on Sunday. Multiple trees toppled onto the A4 highway between Bergen op Zoom-Zuid and Hoogerheide, NOS reports. A tree also topped onto the A28 between Dwingeloo and Beilen.
Train traffic to and from Hilversum was halted for a few hours because detached roof panels threatened to blow off the station building. The fire brigade removed and cleaned up the panels.
In Moordrecht, several homes were evacuated for the second time this weekend because roofs had blown off. The houses were first evacuated on Friday when storm Eunice tore off multiple roofs. Storm Franklin blew down the emergency cover placed after Eunice, Omroep West reported. The residents were accommodated in a hotel.
In Beek en Donk, a tree fell onto five parked cars causing significant damage, according to NOS. In Maastricht, another tree toppled onto a supermarket. The damage there must still be assessed.
Heavy rainfall also caused problems. Rijkswaterstaat closed the A20 highway near the Kleinpolderplein junction for several hours due to flooding. The IJsselkering near Krimpen aan den IJssel closed around midnight due to the high water levels. The municipality of Rotterdam expected high water of 2.5 meters above NAP on Monday morning and decided to close lower-lying quays.