Summer storm Francis, who has been crossing the country since last night, has caused damage and nuisance in several places. This mainly concerns facade damage, fallen trees and water damage. There were also problems on the tracks.
In The Hague a woman ended up partly under a tree. Passers-by helped her out from under the tree, after which she was taken to the hospital for a check-up.
In Heerhugowaard, a building scaffold fell over. In The Hague part of a facade was detached from a building under construction. The rubble ended up on the street. Rijnmond reports that there are more than forty reports of damage in the Rotterdam region. Two trees ended up on cars.
Train traffic is also affected by the storm. This morning, for example, there are fewer intercity trains between Amsterdam and Den Helder, there are no trains between Boskoop and Gouda through a tree on the track, and there are no trains on the high-speed line between Rotterdam and Breda. At Maastricht an overhead line broke and at Geldermalsen a construction sail was on the track.
In Zeeland the Westerscheldeferry has been taken out of service. Buses are used for the passengers. Therefore they have to take into account extra travel time.
The highlight of the storm was in the early morning. The hardest gusts of wind, of 107 kilometres per hour, were measured at the pier of IJmuiden. Along the entire coast there was wind force 9. Hard gusts of wind are also expected for the rest of the day. In the west of the country code yellow.
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By noon the storm is expected to be over, but it will take until the end of the afternoon before the heavy gusts of wind have disappeared.
It has been over a year since the Netherlands had to deal with a summer storm, reports Weerplaza. Last year, on 10 August, it stormed along the coast for some time. It was that storm that caused the roof of the AZ stadium to collapse.