Trains and planes cancelled as the Netherlands readies for storm Eunice

Building protective sand barriers for beach cafes . Photo: Bart Maat ANP
Building protective sand barriers for beach cafes . Photo: Bart Maat ANP

Intercity and international train services have been canceled from 2pm, public transport in Rotterdam and The Hague will halt in the afternoon and KLM has scrapped 167 flights from Schiphol airport – all in preparation for storm Eunice.

The KNMI weather bureau has issued a code red weather warning for the coastal provinces and Flevoland and amber for all but Limburg, saying the south westerly storm could be the worst in years.

The wind is expected to reach gale force 10 or 11 in coastal areas – or up to 130 kph.

Drivers are being warned they face hazardous conditions on the roads, and coronavirus vaccination centres in marquees are closing as a precaution. Drenthe is closing all its centres because of the potential danger to staff from falling trees or flying objects.

The storm is expected to reach the Netherlands around 2pm and reach a peak in the late afternoon.

Eunice will be the fourth official storm of the year and the fifth this winter. To qualify as a storm, the average wind speed must be at least gale force 9 for an hour.

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