The code orange weather warning for extremely dangerous weather has been lifted after the severe storms that hit parts of the Netherlands on Sunday night. The storms were accompanied by thunder, lightning, hail and strong winds and resulted in flooding, traffic problems and even a few fires.
The storms that moved from the southwest of the Netherlands northwards during the course of Thursday night, brought a massive 43 thousand lighting strikes with it. Some places got between 30 and 50 mm of rain. The storms caused problems with train traffic and car traffic and the fire department had to respond to 140 reports of flooding.
The construction of the ferry bridge over the IJ on Liberation Day today, may be impossible due to a passing cold front accompanied by rain, strong winds and possibly thunderstorms.
The KNMI has extended a code orange warning for strong winds for Friesland, Groningen, the norther parts of Drenthe and in the Wadden area, as a spring storm is set to hit the country. A code yellow warning applies for the rest of the country.
Stormy weather can be expected in the Netherlands today.
The village of Kockengen had to ask for a sixth emergency water pump yesterday, to clear the streets and homes of excess rainwater from Monday's flooding.
The heavy rainfall in The Netherlands on Monday has caused around €10 million in damage according to the first rough estimate from the Union of Insurers (Verbond van Verzekeraars).
The Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI) expects there to be more rain in the West as well as the South today, and some heavy rain and thunderstorms for the South-East this afternoon. After the flooding on Sunday and Monday, the KNMI does assure that the sun is making a come-back.