A summer storm that blew across the Netherlands overnight was less severe than the weather services expected. Meteorological institute KNMI withdrew its code orange weather warning for very strong winds just after 11:30 p.m., earlier than expected, RTL Nieuws reports.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange warning for very strong winds in the western parts of the country. On Thursday night and early on Friday morning gusts between 80 and 110 kilometers per hour are expected.
The code orange warning applies to Zeeland, Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Flevoland, Friesland and the Wadden islands. A code yellow warning applies to the rest of the country, where wind speeds are expected to reach between 75 and 90 kilometers per hour.
A summer storm will hit the Netherlands on Thursday, according to Weeronline. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for strong winds during the evening.
Thunderstorms that pulled across the Netherlands on Thursday night caused a number of problems. Lighting strikes resulted in fires in several places, as well as some disruptions to train traffic. Rock band Bløf's concert had to be paused for around 20 minutes due to the weather, NOS reports.
Fires in Tilburg, Zwijndrecht, Weesp, Wijk bij Duurstede and Naarden are all believed to be caused by lightning strikes. Lightning is also believed to be behind a big fire in a pig company in Heeswijk-Dinther, according to Omroep Brabant. Two barns burnt down, killing around 4 thousand sows.
A stormy afternoon is ahead for the Netherlands today. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning, warning of thunderstorms and strong winds starting along the southwestern coast around noon.
Not all of the Netherlands will contend with both storms and winds, some provinces can look forward to only thunderstorms and others to only wind. Either way, the weather is expected to be unpleasant.
The massive summer storm that hit the Netherlands on Saturday caused estimated 13 million euros worth of damage, according to the Dutch Association of Insurers' initial prognoses. If this initial estimation holds true, the extent of the damage was "not huge" compared to other storms earlier this year.
On Saturday the Netherlands was hit by the largest summer storm since the weather measurements started in 1901. One person died after a tree fell on his car and several other people were wounded. The storm resulted in closed highways, dozens of delayed flights, delays in public transport and a significant amount of damage.