Storm Corrie batters Dutch coast, disrupting air and road traffic

The departures' board at Schiphol on Monday morning
The departures’ board at Schiphol on Monday morning

Storm Corrie hit the Dutch coast on Monday morning, bringing winds of up to 100kph to IJmuiden and Wijk aan Zee, broadcaster NOS reported.

More morning flights from and to Schiphol airport have been cancelled and delayed because of the storm after at least 80 KLM return flights were cancelled on Sunday as a precaution.

National rail company NS has also reduced some services in the north of the country.

Reports of trees being blown down are already coming in from The Hague and high-sided vehicles and trailers have been banned from the Markerwaarddijk between Enkhuizen and Lelystad. The A7 motorway was also closed for a time after a tree blew across the road.

The infrastructure ministry’s roads department said it expected all storm gates to close along the coast because of the high water forecasts although spokesman Deon Slagter said the weather conditions are ‘special but not unique’.

The KNMI weather bureau issued a code amber weather warning for Noord-Holland, Friesland, the Wadden Sea area and the IJsselmeer for Monday morning. Code yellow applies to the rest of the country, where the wind could gust at up to 90kph.

The storm will move south eastwards as the morning progresses.

Storm Corrie is named after the first female meteorologist to work for the KNMI, Corrie van Dijk, who joined the organisation in 1964. The British, Irish and Dutch meteorological offices have been naming storms together since 2019.

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