Heavy rain in western parts of the country caused flash flooding on some roads during Thursday morning’s rush hour and in Rotterdam, a man was electrocuted in his cellar where he was growing marijuana.
The KNMI weather bureau upped its weather warning to code orange for Noord and Zuid-Holland and Utrecht, and said there would be storms over much of the country until Thursday evening.
The storms hit first Zeeland at around 2am and the emergency services were called out dozens of times to deal with localised flooding and the effect of lightning strikes, the Volkskrant said.
The A28 between Amersfoort and Utrecht was reduced by two lanes in both directions because of the water, leading to delays of up to 45 minutes for motorists. There was also flooding on the A4 at Leidschendam and on the A20 at Schiedam.
Lighting caused a major fire at a family home in Moerkapelle and three families had to be evacuated in Pijnacker after a small fire in an attic.
The RockArt museum in Hoek van Holland has been closed because of flooding but expects to reopen at the weekend.
In Rotterdam, a man was found dead in a pool of water where he had reportedly been growing marijuana. He had been electrocuted.
Social media is full of photographs of spectacular stormy skies and the Telegraaf has film of streets in Halfweg turning into swimming pools.
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