Minor problems as storm rages across nation

11th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 January 2007, AMSTERDAM — The storm that raged across the Netherlands on Friday caused only minor problems without any serious incidents.

11 January 2007

AMSTERDAM — The storm that raged across the Netherlands on Friday caused only minor problems without any serious incidents.

Meteorology bureau KNMI issued a storm alarm for every coastal province, Noord-Brabant and Limburg.

The Amsterdam fire brigade had also urged people to stay indoors. It said no injuries were reported, but there was a risk that people could be hit by wind-blown objects.

Dozens of reports of structural damage were lodged with the fire brigade after 1pm on Thursday.

A 20m-long crane ship broke away from its moorings. The unmanned ship was pushed towards the Afsluitdijk where it rang aground on basalt blocks near Breezand, where it was continuously bashed against the rocks.

In Friesland, eight bridges were not opened for ships due to the stormy weather. The province considered it too dangerous to allow the bridges to open in such windy conditions.

Dikes in the province of Groningen will be partially guarded throughout Thursday night. A water level of 3.4m above NAP is expected at Delfzijl due to a combination of wind and high water levels.

Water authorities decided to shut dike roads around Delfzijl and the water levels will be monitored throughout the night.

In Zelhem in Gelderland, four people were injured when their car was blown off the road and rolled over. The four victims were taken to hospital.

Uprooted trees and fallen branches needed to be cleared from roads in north and east Gelderland.

Schiphol Airport was also reporting problems and expected delays for passengers to sharply lengthen in the course of the afternoon and evening.

Aviation authority LVNL expected just 30 flights per hour would be able to land. Normally, more than 60 planes land at Schiphol per hour.

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Subject: Dutch news

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