Gales as autumn storm hits Holland

Winds of up to 100 kph hit coastal regions on Wednesday as the first major autumn storm arrived in the Netherlands.

The southwesterly storm will bring winds of up to gale force 9 in northern coastal areas, the KNMI weather bureau said. Elsewhere, winds gusted at up to gale force 6.
A number of trees were brought down and parts of the frontage of Albert Heijn’s headquarters in Zaandam blew loose.
But it remained dry in many places, with most rain expected in the north and central regions.
The KNMI says the storm is partly due to the unseasonal temperatures, which have been up to 10 Celsius above normal. The warm weather, up to 18 Celsius in some places, will continue for the next few days, making November the warmest since records began, the KNMI said.
In southern Europe, temperatures of up to 30 Celsius have been recorded over the past few days.

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