Damage after Dutch storm amounts to EUR 15 mln

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The thunderstorms and lightening on Monday caused extensive damages to homes and businesses, say insurance companies.

The Netherlands – The thunderstorms and lightening that battered the Netherlands on Monday have caused extensive damage to homes and businesses amounting to EUR 15 million, said insurance companies.

At Schiphol airport and the Noordoostpolder in the Flevoland province, 50 millimetres of rain fell - the average amount of precipitation in a whole month.

Winds of 104 kilometres per hour were recorded at Schiphol, while hailstones with a diameter of up to five centimetres fell at Woensdrecht in the southern province of Noord-Brabant.

While such weather was not unusual at this time of the year, a KNMI spokesman said a thunderstorm - with an almost record-breaking 75,000 bolts of lightning - only occurs once in five to 10 years.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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