A massive storm that hit the Netherlands on Thursday caused around 90 million euros worth of damage to cars and homes, 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.
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.
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.
Schiphol announced that air traffic will gradually restart from around noon after all flights were suspended 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.
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.
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 code red weather warning is in effect 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 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.
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.
Meteorological institute KMNI issued a code red alert warning of extremely dangerous weather due to heavy snowfall in the Netherlands. The snow already resulted in the cancellation and delays of many flights at the Dutch airports. Passengers are advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport, and take extra travel time to the airport into account.
Heavy snowfall and a code red weather warning from meteorological institute KMNI forced a number of businesses, schools, daycares and universities to close early on Monday. Despite the miserable weather, traffic information service VID expects few traffic jams during evening rush hour, as many people left for home early or worked from home today.
Snowfall across the Netherlands is increasingly causing train traffic problems. NS has seven disruptions listed on its site, all with delays up to an hour.
Dutch firefighters had their hands full battling forest fires in the Noord-Brabant nature area Mariapeel and on Terschelling during the early hours of Friday morning. The fires in both areas are now under control, with occasional flare-ups. Firefighters and the Forestry Commission are monitoring the areas, keeping the edges around the fires wet so it can't spread, Omroep Brabant and NOS report.
The fire department issued a code red warning for forest fires in Noord-Brabant and Zeeland due to the hot and dry weather conditions expected in the provinces on Wednesday and Thursday. Meteorological institute KNMI also issued a code yellow heat warning for most of the Netherlands.
The weather warning initially issued for Saturday was upgraded to a code red alert for hard winds holding at up to 110 km/h on the western coast of the Netherlands. The extra caution covers Zeeland and Zuid-Holland beginning at 11 a.m., and Noord-Holland from noon, according to the government meteorological agency KNMI.
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First responders were sent out on over 1,000 storm damage calls around the Netherlands between 6:00 and 16:30, according to Alarmeringen.nl.
People flooded into Groningen Centraal station this afternoon following the announcement by the NS and Arriva that all trains north of the Amsterdam-Zwolle line would be cancelled today. Hundreds of people reportedly lined up outdoors to try and jam their way into the buses still in operation.
The NS announced the cancellation of all trains north of the Amsterdam-Zwolle line beginning at 14:00 today. The Arriva train service running in the northern Netherlands has also been suspended.
The KNMI has issued a Code Red weather warning for people living in the north of the Netherlands.
The severe autumn storm that moved over The Netherlands this morning and early afternoon has passed. The code red weather alarm has now also been withdrawn for the northern provinces. Code yellow for dangerous weather is still in effect for all provinces except Limburg.