Storm leaves multi-million damage in its wake

24th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

24 August 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Strong winds caused large-scale structural damage in the towns of Muiden and Weesp on Monday night and one person was slightly injured by flying glass, police said. The cost of repairs is expected to run into millions of euros.

24 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — Strong winds caused large-scale structural damage in the towns of Muiden and Weesp on Monday night and one person was slightly injured by flying glass, police said. The cost of repairs is expected to run into millions of euros.

The tornado hit the Amsterdam hinterland towns at about 6pm. Dozens of trees were felled and roofing tiles were blown loose, causing large scale damages to houses and cars.

With streets flooded and "hail stones as big as pigeon eggs", the bill for the damage from the short, but intense tornado is expected to run into the millions of euros, an RTL news report said.

Stormy weather also resulted in flooding problems at about the same time in Almere, with a fire brigade spokesman confirming that Almere-Stad and Almere-Buiten were primarily affected, ANP reported.
  
Police were also forced to close off one road as emergency crews worked to remove a tree that had been felled after a lightning strike. A school and gym hall was flooded due to heavy rains.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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