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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms will enter the Netherlands from the south this afternoon and spread across the country during the course of the afternoon and evening, according to meteorological institute KNMI. The KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country.
Today may well become the warmest June 15th in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901, weather service Weerplaza expects. Afternoon temperatures will range from 23 degrees on the Wadden islands to 30 degrees in the east. Though those hoping for a beautiful summer's day will be disappointed - storms are expected to hit the country this afternoon.
The entire country can look forward to a stormy Friday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow storm warning covering the entire Netherlands. The institute warns of strong winds, lightning, hail and large amounts of rain falling in a short time.
The storms will leave the country in a north easterly direction by this afternoon, the KNMI expects. Until then Netherlands residents can look forward to winds between 60 and 70 kilometers per hour and up to 20 mm of rain falling in a short period of time.
The Netherlands can expect a stormy Boxing Day today, following the third warmest Christmas Day in the country since temperature measurements started in 1901.
According to Weerplaza, Sunday was the third mildest Christmas day in the Netherlands with temperatures reaching 12 degrees towards the end of the Day. Only last year, with 14 degrees, and 1997 with 12.8 degrees were hotter.
The A58 highway is closed near Tilburg in the direction of Breda on Friday morning due to an accident involving several cars. Traffic information service ANWB reports that people were injured, though how many people and the extent of their injuries are unclear. Emergency services are on site.
Five people were injured at the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse on Wednesday when storms broke out over parts of Gelderland. Only one of the injuries was serious enough to need hospital treatment