Widespread disruption after thunderstorm
The thunderstorm which passed across the Netherlands late on Tuesday night and early on Wednesday morning caused widespread disruption. The storm, which came after two days of tropical temperatures, caused extensive damage as a result of flooding, lightning strikes and blown-over trees.
Rail traffic was seriously affected, with widespread delays and almost no trains left running in the south of the country. A number of electronic systems were knocked out by lightning strikes. In some locations the overhead powerlines broke while in others blown-over trees blocked the tracks.
Rail network operator ProRail is still working to fix the problems. Trains are running on a reduced schedule and passengers are advised to pay close attention to travel information announcements. ProRail expects most of the problems will have been resolved by the end of Wednesday morning.
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