Storm Louis causes few problems as it races over NL

The fire brigade make the side of the hotel wall safe. Photo: ANP / Hollandse Hoogte / CAMJO media

Storm Louis swept over the Netherlands on Thursday evening but caused little in the way of serious damage despite the code orange weather warning issued by the KNMI for some parts of the country.

In Maastricht a tree was brought down, damaging the roof and side of a house and several trees fell on roads elsewhere Limburg. There were also reports of tree-related problems in Zuid Holland and Vlaardingen, near Rotterdam.

The worst damage was Drachten, where the side wall of a Van der Valk hotel came loose and collapsed, broadcaster NOS reported. 

Louis is the sixth official storm to hit the Netherlands this winter, following on from Pia, Gerrit, Henk, Isha and Jocelyn.

KNMI weather forecaster Peter Siegmund told NOS unlike summer storms, the winter strong winds and rain are due to jet streams – a fast, narrow current of air flowing from west to east that encircles the globe – and unconnected to climate change.

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