Summer storm Francis brought down trees and damaged buildings in the west of the country as it raced across coastal areas on Wednesday morning, bringing gales and heavy rain.
Wind speeds of 107kph were recorded at IJmuiden, broadcaster RTL Nieuws said, as the KNMI weather bureau issued a code yellow weather alarm.
Garnalenkotter Elizabeth uit Den Oever, vanavond in het #Molengat nabij Strandpaviljoen Paal 9. Wind ZZW 7 Bft met uitschieters 8 Bft#Golven #Zee #Noordzee #Visserij #shipspotting #Storm #francis#toenemendewind #stormoptexel #Stormchaser #GarnalenVis
Met dank aan Ronald Timmer pic.twitter.com/OVk384qTiE
— Garnalenkotters (@garnalenkotters) August 25, 2020
In The Hague, a woman was taken to hospital after she was hit by a falling tree, and part of a building under construction collapsed, scattering debris across the street.
In Heerhugowaard, in Noord-Holland, scaffolding detached from a building and crashed into the street, and in Rotterdam, two cars were hit by falling trees, local media reported.
Aan de #Hellegatspoler in #Warmond waaide vanochtend vroeg een partytent weg. Deze hebben we gestabiliseerd zodat de tent niet verder weg kon waaien. #stormschade #SassemParaat pic.twitter.com/iXErZAG2Qt
— Brandweer Sassenheim (@BrandweerSSM) August 26, 2020
The winds are expected to die down during the day, but will remain storm force in the Wadden Sea islands until the late afternoon.
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