Multiple fires were caused by lightning strikes while thunderstorms raged across the Netherlands on Wednesday. No one was hurt in the fires. An 18-year-old student was struck by lightning at a military base in Ossendrecht. He was admitted to a burns center in Antwerp with burns and severe damage to his lungs, his school reported.
A lightning strike left 14 military students injured at the army base in Ossendrecht on Wednesday morning. One student sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital by trauma helicopter. The other 13 were taken to hospital for examination, the Koninklijke Marechaussee said on Twitter.
The students involved are studying the Safety & Craftsmanship course at ROC, according to RTL Nieuws. According to the Marechaussee, the lightning strike happened on a military training ground.
Exactly what happened, is not yet clear.
Stormy weather caused a lot of problems in the eastern parts of the Netherlands on Sunday. Streets in multiple towns flooded and a lightning strike brought train traffic between Zwolle and Olst to a halt. Lightning strikes also caused a number of small fires, RTL Nieuws reports.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the eastern half of the Netherlands on Sunday, warning of lightning strikes and large amounts of rainfall. Some places also faced large hailstones.
After weeks of drought, parts of Zuid- and Midden-Nederland were hit by a rain storm on Thursday evening. One person was killed and one injured in Rotterdam when a tree fell on their car. In Gelderland thousands of homes were without power for a few hours. And Roosendaal was hit by a whirlwind, NOS and AD report.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, Zeeland, Gelderland and Utrecht on Thursday night. The service predicted thunderstorms, with gusts up to 70 kilometers per hour and hailstones up to 2 centimeters.
Three KLM planes were hit by lightning shortly after taking off from Schiphol on Sunday afternoon. One plane had to return to the Amsterdam airport for inspection, NOS reports.
Flight KL1175 was on its way from Schiphol to Trondheim in Norway when lightning struck it. The plain turned around over the North Sea and flew back to Schiphol to be inspected. The safety of passengers and crew was not in danger, a KLM spokesperson said to the broadcaster.
Fires caused by lightning strikes burnt down three homes on the Naardermeer in Naarden during the early hours of Friday morning. "Three of our neighbors are now homeless", a stunned local resident said to RTL Nieuws.
The first fire broke out around 3:00 a.m. at a farm with two homes on it. The fire department responded en masse, but could not prevent both homes from going up in smoke. "A 400 year-old farmhouse. There were two homes in the building", the neighbor explained. Both were destroyed.
Lightning striking a train injured an engineer in Teuge, Gelderland on Thursday night.
More than 4 thousand euros have been donated to the families of Eva and Belle - the two friends who were killed by a lighting strike in Amersfoort on May 6th. The money is intended to build a memorial site in memory of the two Amersfoort women.
The two victims that were killed by a lighting strike in Amersfoort, Utrecht on Wednesday afternoon, have been identified as two 20 year old women, both from Amersfoort.
Last night the train track was hit by lightning, leaving no trains able to run between Den Dolder and Baarn. The problems on the track at Baarn have not been solved yet.