Netherlands braces as heavy storm hits coast
23 June 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A severe storm hit the Dutch coast at about 2pm on Wednesday and slowly moved across the Zeeland and Zuid-Holland provinces eastwards, bringing with it heavy rains and wind gusts of up to 120kmh.
23 June 2004
AMSTERDAM — A severe storm hit the Dutch coast at about 2pm on Wednesday and slowly moved across the Zeeland and Zuid-Holland provinces eastwards, bringing with it heavy rains and wind gusts of up to 120kmh.
As meteorologists forecast that the low pressure system will remain active in the Netherlands until late in the evening, afternoon reports indicated that trees were being blown over in the southern city Breda. One tree fell across a home in the Buffelstraat.
Heavy rains and in some areas hail is possible. Cyclists have been advised to leave their bikes at home due to the strong wind gusts. There is a danger that trees could be uprooted and tiles blown from roofs, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.
Train travel between Almelo and Hengelo was hindered after a tree branch fell across the overhead cabling, forcing fewer rail departures. All train traffic between Barneveld and Lunteren was halted after a tree fell across the tracks.
At Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, a storm warning has been issued to ensure that all loose items are secured as much as possible.
Planes arriving at the airport are carrying extra fuel in the event of delays or aborted landings. Take-off flights have been given more fuel to give them greater weight into the wind, news agency Novum reported.
Campers in Zeeland were warned to take extra precautions such as ensuring tents are well lashed down. Some holiday makers have pulled stumps and abandoned camp, Dutch public news NOS reported.
The Friends of Vondelpark Association has warned people against entering the popular Amsterdam park due to fears that trees could be more easily felled due to the sodden ground.
Earlier on Wednesday national meteorology bureau KNMI warned of extreme weather conditions with heavy rain and strong wind gusts. It forecast that the storm would hit the Dutch coast at about 2pm and warned of wind gusts of up to 110kmh.
The severe stormy weather is being attributed to the approach of a very low pressure system, which was situated above Wales on Wednesday morning and was moving slowly eastward. Wind gusts of up to 110kmh were reported in the UK.
The wind was forecast to hit the provinces of Zeeland and Zuid-Holland first. The low pressure system does not have peak and KNMI said its weather warning will remain in force for a half-day.
KNMI sharpened its Tuesday-issued weather warning on Wednesday morning and said the extremely strong wind gusts might continue until Thursday. Throughout Thursday there also remains a chance of strong, but somewhat less severe, wind gusts, news agency ANP reported.
Another weather bureau, Meteo Consult, said it is expecting weather conditions on Wednesday that are extremely rare for the summer months. Due to the fact that trees are in full leaf, wind gusts of up to 80kmh could cause problems, it warned.
Meanwhile, police in Drenthe have warned people travelling to Assen for the Dutch TT (Tourist Trophy) motorcycling Grand Prix qualifying race. The north-eastern Dutch city started to fill with campers on Tuesday night.
The sideshow attractions have been set up and the first musical acts and other events are scheduled for Wednesday night as up to a 100,000 visitors are expected to flock into the city for the popular motorcycling event.
The police warned people wanting to travel to Assen on Wednesday to wait until after weather conditions have improved. Campers were also told to ensure their tents are well pegged down.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news