Weather bureau KNMI says the storm sweeping the Netherlands on Thursday could lead to winds of up to Force 10 in coastal areas, particularly in the north of the country. Nationwide, gusts of 110 kph to 130 kph may be reported.
The KNMI said today’s storm would be worse than last week’s. Not only would the winds be stronger, but the rain would be much heavier, the weather forecaster said. The strong winds are expected to continue into the evening.
Very heavy rain seriously disrupted commuter traffic this morning, particularly on the A2 near Utrecht. One lane on the A1 was closed for a time because of flooding, causing jams of up to 30 kilometres. Motoring organisation ANWB spoke of a ‘water ballet’ on the roads. In total, rush hour jams stretched up to 300 kilometres nationwide, the ANWB said.
Schiphol airport also warned of long delays. Only two of the five runways were open.
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