Nature

Avalanche
Jan 19 '18 10:26

A 31-year-old Dutch woman was killed by an avalanche in the Swiss Alps on Thursday. A 27-year-old Dutch man was injured, AD reports.

The Dutch were skiing off the slopes at Ovronnaz in the southwest of Switzerland  around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday when they were buried by a mass of snow, around 200 meters long and 20 meters wide. They were at an altitude of 1,710 meters at the time.

Storm damage to Almere Central Station, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 19 '18 09:16

A massive storm that hit the Netherlands on Thursday caused around 90 million euros worth of , according to a prognosis the Dutch association of insurers VvV released on Friday morning. Thursday's storm is the third largest to hit the Netherlands this century, the association said. The Netherlands annually deals with four to five large storms across the country, with an average annual damage of 50 million euros.

NS train hits tree in Netherlands
Jan 18 '18 17:11

Over 150 damage claims were made along the Dutch rail lines , of which there were about 40 serious incidents. Although limited train service in the Netherlands was expected to begin on Thursday at 5 p.m., the railroad infrastructure firm ProRail advised passengers to find alternative ways home.

Traffic builds up towards Schiphol's departures, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 18 '18 15:04

A difficult Thursday rush hour was expected to cap an annoying work day for many in the Netherlands. Trouble on the railroad, confusion at the airport, and traffic jams were likely to continue well into the evening.

Blown down trees being lifted off the railway, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 18 '18 14:32

Hundreds of storm damage incidents were reported around the Netherlands on Thursday morning, with insurer Interopolis reporting three times more damage notifications than they expected, a spokesperson told Omroep Brabant. With several hours of sustained heavy winds battering the Netherlands, and gusts peaking at TK km/h, the damage caused by Thursday’s storm should easily top a 10 million euro estimate, the Dutch insurers association VvV told newswire ANP.

Police officer and paramedic
Jan 18 '18 14:03

At least three people died during a on Thursday. Three men were killed in separate accidents in Zwolle, Enschede, and Vuren, the local police departments report.

Ambulance
Jan 18 '18 13:32

A school bus carrying around 10 children between the ages of 10 and 15 crashed into a tree during stormy weather in Gravenmoer, Noord-Brabant on Thursday. Five children and the bus driver were injured, AD reports.

The extent of the kids' injuries is unclear. The bus driver was seriously injured, according to the newspaper. The bus was transporting kids to a school in Andel.

The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident. 

Windy day at Schiphol Airport
Jan 18 '18 12:34

Schiphol announced that air traffic will gradually restart from around noon after for 45 minutes due to hurricane strength winds. 

Arrivals at Schiphol were expected to resume at 12:10 p.m., Eurocontrol said citing the strong winds. Arriving flights were put in a holding pattern beginning at 11:20 a.m. “Very high delays all afternoon”, the European air traffic control monitor stated.

Pieces of the University of Amsterdam Science Park's roof blown off by hurricane strength winds, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 18 '18 12:06

Three people were hurt by falling pieces of ceiling at Schiphol Airport outside departure halls 1 and 2 on Thursday, a Schiphol employee confirmed to NOS. The pieces of ceiling were blown loose by hurricane strength winds. 

Departure halls 1 and 2 were evacuated and are closed until further notice, according to the broadcaster. Passengers can check in at departure hall 3. 

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jan 18 '18 11:30

Hurricane-force winds in the Netherlands forced the shutdown of nearly all train service, all Schiphol air traffic, and several local tram services on Thursday. The NS made the decision to stop the trains as damage reports on the railways and at train stations kept coming in, the NS said.

Truck blown over on the A50 near Heteren, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 18 '18 10:56

Dutch infrastructure department Rijkswaterstaat is warning motorists to stay off the roads as strong winds brought by a western storm rage over the country. A c for large parts of the country. The emergency call center is jammed up with people calling about storm damage. The police call on people in the Netherlands to only use emergency number 112 to report actual emergencies.

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Jan 18 '18 10:16

A western storm drawing over the Netherlands today is causing increasing disruption to flight traffic. So far 268 flights scheduled to arrive or depart from Schiphol Airport have been canceled and there are numerous delays. "Please expect delays for departing flights of up to 30 minutes", the Amsterdam airport warns. "Our flight schedule will be disrupted for the rest of the day."

At this stage 81 departures from Schiphol are delayed. And delays are reported on 220 arrivals, including flights that already landed. 

Bikes blown over in Amsterdam, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 18 '18 09:28

Meteorological institute KNMI intensified its storm warning to code red for large parts of the Netherlands. Wind gusts can peak at 140 kilometer per hour locally, KNMI warns. 

The code red warning applies to the provinces of Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Utrecht, Flevoland, Overijssel, Gelderland, and the IJsselmeer area. A code orange warning is in effect for the rest of the country. 

A truck trailer toppled on the A9 near the Badhoevedorp junction, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 18 '18 09:08

Meteorological institute extended its code orange storm warning to the entire country. Traffic information services are reporting increasing problems on the roads due to accidents and bridges closing due to the strong winds.

The dike between Enkhuizen and Lelystad is currently closed to freight traffic and cars pulling trailers due to the weather. The Oosterscheldekering will be closed to all traffic between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

A thin layer of snowfall in Groningen
Jan 18 '18 08:25

Weather conditions in the Netherlands today range from snow in Groningen to temperatures as high as 10 degrees in the south of the country, according to meteorological institute KNMI.

A Rikswaterstaat vehicle warning road users to be careful during stormy conditions
Jan 18 '18 08:05

A western storm is set to hit the Netherlands this morning. A code orange weather warning for very strong winds is in effect for all provinces except the northern ones, where a code yellow warning is in place. Road users in Groningen are also warned to beware of icy roads. All forms of traffic will be affected by the storm, with canceled flights, fewer trains, and more traffic.

Police officer at a train station
Jan 17 '18 17:13

A full slate of train cancellations were announced on Thursday due to . Crowded trains and longer travel times were likely to be a nuisance for many commuters, the national railway NS said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon, advising train riders to follow service updates online for the latest information.

Wind whips through the flags along the Damrak in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2018
Jan 17 '18 15:05

A western storm will hit the Netherlands on Thursday, bringing with it strong winds. Gusts of up to 130 kilometers per hour are expected in the western coastal provinces. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for the whole country, starting at 10:00 a.m. and continuing through to 2:00 p.m. A code yellow warning is in effect for the rest of the day.

Windy day at Schiphol Airport
Jan 17 '18 14:39

A massive 230 flights arriving at and departing from Schiphol Airport on Thursday have already been canceled in anticipation of a massive storm expected to hit the Netherlands. Delays are also expected throughout the day. Travelers are advised to keep an eye on Schiphol's or their airline's website for actual flight times. 

Icy road
Jan 17 '18 07:27

Winter showers and snow falling over night, combined with low temperatures, mean that the roads may be treacherously icy this morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire Netherlands. 

Motorists are warned to drive carefully this morning. "Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI says. Slow down and keep a safe following distance. "Follow weather reports and warnings." The iciness is expected to melt away by noon.

Traffic
Jan 16 '18 15:06

The prospect of slippery roads prompted the Dutch national weather service, KNMI, to issue another Code Yellow weather warning. The caution is in effect across the Netherlands from 4 p.m. on Tuesday through noon on Wednesday.

Snow is also possible in the center of the country, and continuing to the east and south. The eastern provinces have the highest likelihood for icy roadways overnight, but with winter showers expected everywhere in the Netherlands drivers were told to be particularly careful.

Prorail-logo
Jan 16 '18 14:00

during snow storms in the Netherlands last month can partly be attributed to rail manager ProRail not being ready for the winter - work on the heating systems of some 50 rail switches was not done yet, AD reports. "At a limited number of locations, the work on switches had not yet fully been completed", ProRail spokesperson Jaap Eikelboom said to the newspaper. 

Pedestrians brave cold, wet weather in Amsterdam Centraal, 15 Jan 2018
Jan 15 '18 13:00

This week promises to be windy, rainy and stormy, according to weather service Weeronline. With strong winds starting on Monday afternoon, wind and rain expected for Tuesday, and maybe some snow expected for Wednesday, the stormy weather will climax with a big storm on Thursday.

There's an about 80 percent chance that there will be a storm somewhere along the Dutch coast on Monday afternoon, according to Weeronline. A rainy area will cross the country during the afternoon, which could cause extra traffic during evening rush hour. 

Jan 12 '18 14:05

In 2017 the average sea level was 11cm above the NAP (Normal Amsterdam's Peil). That is 2cm higher that the former record year, 2007. 
Fedor Baart, spokesperson of the research institute Deltares explained the phenomenon to newspaper de Volkskrant.

The sea level expert explained that the record is not surprising at all: "Since 1890 the waters along the coasts are rising about 2mm per year, because of the melting of the polar ices and the glaciers, together with the rise in temperature of the seas."

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