Autumn storm leads to longest jams of the year, disrupted flights

Stormy weather hit the Netherlands on Thursday. Photo:

Stormy weather over much of the country on Thursday morning has led to the longest rush hour traffic jams of the year, the ANWB motoring organisation said.

By 8am, the jams stretched to 754 kilometres, largely in central and southern parts of the country, the ANWB said.

The KNMI weather bureau has issued a code orange weather warning for the Wadden Sea islands, saying that winds of up to 120 kph are expected to batter the coast on Thursday morning. Strong winds of up to 100 kph will be felt elsewhere.

On some roads, driving speeds have been reduced because of the winds.

Schiphol airport’s website shows that dozens of flights have been cancelled or delayed on Thursday morning because of the storm. Train services between Leiden and Haarlem have been disrupted because a tree has blown onto the track.