Storms shake up the nation, cause delays
2 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — Autumn has arrived in the Netherlands in fierce fashion, with heavy rainfalls and strong wind gusts causing havoc on Monday morning and Sunday night.
2 October 2006
AMSTERDAM — Autumn has arrived in the Netherlands in fierce fashion, with heavy rainfalls and strong wind gusts causing havoc on Monday morning and Sunday night.
The stormy weather led to traffic problems during rush-hour on Monday morning, when 315km of traffic jams were reported at about 8am.
Traffic accidents caused many of the delays and motorists were also braking earlier leading to a poorer and slower flow of traffic.
The longest traffic jam was found on the A2 motorway between Nieuwegein and Vinkeveen, where a 17km delay was reported shortly after 8am due to an earlier accident.
Train traffic was also disrupted because of the weather. A lightning strike delayed train travel between Den Helder and Heerhugowaard.
Commuters were being transported by buses and were advised to expect a 30-minute delay.
Meteorological bureau KNMI has forecast a turbulent day. Clearing weather will be interspersed with thunderstorms bringing rain and sometimes hail with wind gusts of up to 85kmh.
The stormy weather started on Sunday night when the province of North Brabant was the worst affected.
Lightning strikes forced a cancellation of train travel between Cuijk and Boxmeer and between Roosendaal and Breda.
A hurricane partially blew away the roof off a farmhouse at Bergeijk. The kitchen wall also partially collapsed, while firefighters said two stables collapsed.
The farm residents were not hurt and 92 cows and calves were relocated unharmed as well.
Two other farms in the area were hit by the wind, but the damage at those places was reasonably restricted.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news