The end of the storm is just passing the west now, meaning that the storm is almost over for the Netherlands. At 1pm, code red in the west and the middle of the country is dropped. In some areas, such as the Hague, the sun has even made an appearance! As the day draws to an end and it begins to get dark, the worst of the weather is over for the whole country, as the wind finally starts to die down (so the East will finally see the end). Planes and trains are slowly starting to resume.
Destruction in the Netherlands:
Today saw the Netherlands get battered by a code red storm throughout the whole country. Trains were cancelled, flights were cancelled, people were told not to leave their houses in some areas. Trees, lampposts, walls, cyclists, lorries and even portaloos were being thrown about all over the roads today.
— Ivo Evers (@IvoEvers) January 18, 2018
I do hope that portaloo was empty!?
People were warned not to go outside, especially in the center of Almere today when items were blowing around the city center and a ‘Pioneer’ sign collapsed:
— Coen (@Coentjehh) January 18, 2018
A roof in Rotterdam has also just come off, resulting in an evacuation of residents (lucky no reports of anyone hurt). This isn’t exactly ideal when it’s one of the most important parts of your house.
— Politie Charlois (@POL_Charlois) January 18, 2018
Back to more funny videos and it seems like someone didn’t get the memo after being filmed leaf blowing today!?
— Marjolein (Marj) (@MarjoleinNap) January 18, 2018
Two deaths caused by storm:
In spite of all of these funny images and videos emerging today, it has also caused some devastation. The breaking news is that two people have died today due to the storm. In Olst, a 62-year-old man has died when he was hit by a branch that had come loose from the high winds. He had gotten out of his truck to move another fallen branch, when he was hit with another.
Over in Enschede, a 62-year-old motorist has died when a tree fell onto their car.
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