Post Poly: train services back on track, roads clear

Summer storm Poly brought wind and rain. Photo: Dutch News

Train services in the north of the country have been largely resumed following Wednesday’s storm Poly.

Apart from services between Santpoort-Noord and Beverwijk which will be completely suspended until noon, all trains will run as normal, the NS said. Buses will be available for travellers between Beverwijk, Driehuis and Santpoort-Noord.

Trams and bus services in Amsterdam have also been restored. Road traffic too is circulating normally again.

Schiphol will be busier in the coming days, the airport warned. Over 400 flights were cancelled on Wednesday, and many were delayed.

Airlines will have to find room for the stranded passengers in the days ahead. “This might affect waiting times at the check-in desk, security or passport control,” a Schiphol spokesman said.

Storm Poly is the worst summer storm to hit the Netherlands in fifty years, weather bureau KNMI has said.

In Haarlem, a 51-year-old woman died when a tree fell on her car, and in Breda 67-year-old  woman was seriously wounded when she was hit by a falling tree.

Insurers received “hundreds” of reports of damage, mostly to houses and cars.

European commissioner and ‘green deal’ chief Frans Timmermans was quick to attribute the storm to climate change. “If we want to know how urgent things are all we have to do is look outside,” Timmermans said in a press conference in Brussels.

However, experts said the storm was the result of a set of weather phenomena coinciding. “It is more to do with wind direction and wind speed than temperature,” Weerplaza weatherman Wouter van Bernebeek told the Telegraaf.

Summer storms are very rare. We will only be able to investigate if they are part of a trend until many more of them happen in the coming years, Bernebeek said.

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