Warning of strong winds in north as Storm Jocelyn sweeps in

Blow away the cobwebs with a beach walk à deux. Photo: Depositphotos.com

The meteorological office KNMI has issued its third storm warning of the year after winds of up to 100 km/h battered coastal regions overnight.

A yellow weather warning is in place for the northern half of the country until 3pm on Wednesday, with gusts of up to 85 kph forecast on the mainland and up to 95 kph on the Wadden islands.

Storm Jocelyn, the 10th named storm of the winter and the third since New Year’s Day, blew in from the west on Tuesday evening, when force 9 winds were recorded in the coastal towns of Vlissingen and IJmuiden.

So far the damage has been less severe than during Storm Isha at the weekend. Two cars were hit by a falling tree in Oegstgeest, while in Leiden several vehicles were struck by polystyrene blocks that were torn off a roof.

Amsterdam was hit by a second power cut in two days as 57,000 connections were cut off at around 9.30pm, but network operator Liander could not say if it was related to the storm.

Cult film-maker Dick Maas was among those who posted scenes of the city in darkness on social media.

Electricity was restored within 10 minutes. Liander is investigating whether the incident is linked to Monday’s power outage in central and western districts of the capital, which affected thousands of homes and disrupting the tram network.

Code yellow warnings were in place overnight in the five southern provinces, but were removed in the early morning as wind speeds fell.

The rest of Wednesday is expected to be dry with spells of sunshine in most regions, with temperatures reaching 10C in the north and 12C in the south.

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