Strong winds affect air, sea and road transport

25th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 November 2005, AMSTERDAM - Bad weather on Friday morning led to a large number of traffic accidents, according to the national police force (KLPD). None of the accidents caused serious injuries.

25 November 2005

AMSTERDAM - Bad weather on Friday morning led to a large number of traffic accidents, according to the national police force (KLPD). None of the accidents caused serious injuries.

Between midnight and 7.30am Friday morning the police had logged 37 incidents, when the usual number can be “counted on the fingers of one hand”.

The accidents were caused by a combination of winds as strong as Force 9, rain and snow. Several lorries were overturned. Rail and air traffic was also affected by the weather. Sheets were torn from the roof of Schiedam Centrum station, closing it to trains.

All but one runway at Schiphol airport were closed, drastically reducing the number of take off and landings, thanks not just to the strength but the direction of the wind. Rotterdam Airport was unaffected.

At least seven boats in the North Sea encountered problems. Three crew were injured on a ferry to England when they were hit by a large wave as they stood on deck as the ferry left Scheveningen.

The storm is expected to die down by the beginning of the afternoon.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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