Thursday 13 May 2021

Train services halted, Schiphol closed as gales batter the Netherlands

A moped user picks up his gloves after a tree blows down in Amsterdam. Photo: AP Photo/Peter Dejong

All flights to and from Schiphol airport were suspended for a time and no trains are running anywhere in the Netherlands as storm force winds battered most of the country on Thursday.

The KNMI weather bureau issued a code red weather warning for most of the Netherlands as winds with speeds of up to 120 kph were recorded.

On the roads, dozens of lorries were blown over, causing long delays to motorists. The transport ministry urged motorists to stay home unless their journeys are absolutely essential.

Police and the emergency services were dealing with thousands of reports of damage and flying debris. In Amsterdam a moped user had a lucky escape when a tree crashed into the road just in front of him.

In Almere, the area around the city’s main station has been cordoned off because of flying glass. One eyewitness told DutchNews.nl that he  had seen several ambulances coming to take away injured people.

Missing panes of glass on Almere station

The Hague’s central station was also closed as a precaution because of damage to the roof panels.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl

The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.

DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.