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The victim arrived at 11.45 am at ‘t Schoor in Bemelen, hit by a fallen tree. He became trapped under the tree and died of his injuries on the spot, police said. The tree has been completely uprooted. In addition, there are many reports of storm damage, especially from the coastal provinces.

Being a mother and child got wounded by a fallen tree in Den Bosch. The baby was taken to hospital for observation. In Weurt, a motorist escaped death when the wind blew a barrier over the road and the car hit head-on. Miraculously, the driver was only hit by a few glass splinters but just not by the beam and plate.

The KNMI announced early this morning code yellow for the entire country. “We will not reach gale force inland, but the strong gusts of wind are very remarkable,” said meteorologist Alfred Snoek of Weerplaza.

The storm is already called ‘storm Evert’ on social media, but that is not correct. Only the KNMI, the Irish weather service or the English weather service can decide to give the storm an official name. And that has not been done.

Gusts of wind

Heavy gusts of wind occurred at 50 to 90 kilometers per hour across the country, and from 100 to 110 kilometers per hour in the north and west. On Thursday morning, wind force 9 was measured in Vlissingen for an hour. Later in the day this also happened in other places.

In IJmuiden, on Vlieland and on the Houtribdijk, among others, an hourly average of wind force 9 was achieved. The Houtribdijk weather station was on its way to reach wind force 10 for an hour, but according to the weather bureau that was just not achieved.

Around 2 p.m., the west of the country seemed to have seen its worst storm. According to Weer.nl, the peak has been reached and the wind is slowly starting to decrease. In the northeast, the turbulent weather continues for a while. The storm will also settle there at the end of the afternoon. Yet, especially in combination with showers that pass over the Netherlands, the wind continues to blow everywhere.

In the meantime, there are no longer any warnings for stormy winds. The KNMI gives green codes for all provinces. However, very heavy gusts of wind can still occur on the coast.

Test locations

Corona test locations have been closed due to the storm at various locations in the Netherlands. In Zeeland, the test street in Vlissingen is closed today as a precaution. The test location in the South Holland municipality of Nissewaard has also been closed. The same applies to injection sites in Rotterdam, Hilversum, Alkmaar, Middenmeer, Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Malden in Gelderland.

The storm is also causing various problems on the track, but the situation is manageable, according to rail operator ProRail. For example, fallen trees and broken overhead wires disrupted train traffic between Driebergen and Veenendaal. A train with about two hundred passengers stranded on that route. All occupants were evacuated.

A tree has also landed on the overhead line between Maarssen and Breukelen and on the Sittard-Maastricht route. Plastic was also blown into the overhead wires at Maarssen and Duivendrecht. Due to the strong wind, there are also no trains on the high-speed line between Amsterdam and Breda.

Damage

Many reports of storm damage come from the coastal provinces in particular. As far as is known, no one has been injured so far. Public transport suffers from it, and here and there buildings have been damaged.

In Rotterdam, a temporary traffic light has blown on the overhead contact line of public transport company RET. A number of tram lines can therefore not run for some time. In Rotterdam, a tree fell on the Laurens Lyceum at Voorhout in the Hillegersberg district. The damage is not too bad. There were students in the building, but there are no reports of injuries. On the Schouwburgplein in the city center, the so-called ‘flying carpet’ was largely blown to pieces.

Blown away roof

In Zuiderpark in The Hague, a tree blew over and ended up on the roof of an animal center. Also the dressing room building of the Hague football club HMSH on the Vrederustlaan was badly damaged by the wind. The roof blew off the building. The commodities market in Gouda was canceled and discontinued. In Amsterdam, a number of trams are delayed due to weather conditions.

In North Brabant, damage reports come from Bergen op Zoom, Breda, Prinsenbeek, Teteringen, Oisterwijk, Son, Eindhoven and Lierop, among others. A forester from the west of the province calls on everyone to stay out of the forest, because of the risk of falling trees and branches.

On the provincial road in Bilthoven (Utrecht) a large branch ended up on the road and in Soest and Maarssen traffic was hindered by a tree on the road. In Mijdrecht a barn collapsed due to the strong wind, in Laren a barn was hit by a falling tree. The Markerwaarddijk between Lelystad and Enkhuizen was completely closed for a short time due to strong winds.

The municipality of Vlissingen warns people not to come and watch the storm on the beach and the boulevards. Part of the boulevard is closed because the roof of one of the buildings is in danger of coming off. Due to the storm, the Westerschelde Ferry, the ferry between Vlissingen and Breskens, has also been taken out of service. Buses are being used, the company reports on the website.

Schiphol is hardly affected by the storm, because the wind is coming from a favorable direction, according to a spokeswoman. Rijkswaterstaat warns road users across the country to expect heavy gusts of wind at the beginning of the afternoon. Lorry traffic, motorcyclists and trailers should be especially wary of this.

Traffic is particularly affected by the storm in North and South Holland, according to the ANWB. For example, the Enkhuizen-Lelystad dike is closed to heavy traffic and to cars with trailers, and the A7, near the Noord-Hollandse Middenmeer in the direction of Hoorn, is completely closed by a tilted truck. It stands still on the A9 towards Amstelveen, at the Rottepolderplein junction. There an accident happened with a car with a trailer. There was a mobile site hut on the trailer. On the Moerdijk Bridge a van has blown over and therefore there is a delay on the A16 Rotterdam towards Breda.

During this turbulent weather we do not have to take into account winter perils because the temperature is between 10 and 12 degrees in almost all of the country. You can even see the sun between the rushing showers. In the course of the afternoon the wind slowly decreases, but on the coast it remains turbulent. It will continue to blow and rain a lot until Monday, especially at sea there is a strong wind.

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