Storm caused 90 million euros in damage - Dutch insurers

20 January, 2018, 08:09 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Severe storm has led to flight cancellations

Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, one of the continent's busiest travel hubs, was forced to briefly cancel all flights as winds gusted up to 140km an hour in some areas. Nationwide train services and many tram and bus services were halted after the highest weather alert was issued.

Across the border in the Netherlands, a man was killed by a falling tree branch in the eastern Dutch town of Olst, while another was killed when a falling tree hit the vehicle he was driving near the German border, police said.

Social media in the Netherlands was flooded with images of people being blown from their bicycles, cargo containers falling off a ship and damage to buildings, including a roof that peeled off an apartment block in Rotterdam.

Rail services are getting back to normal in Germany as trees and other debris are cleared from lines hit by a severe storm that claimed eight lives.

A cyclist in the Netherlands had a pretty tricky ride on Thursday as he struggled to keep moving while battling into a brutal headwind as Storm Friederike battered northern Europe.

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After the cancellation of all long-distance trains on Thursday due to safety reasons, German national railroad company Deutsche Bahn resumed operations of most local and long-distance trains Friday morning.

Schiphol airport in Amsterdam halted flights for over an hour with KLM airlines cancelling over 200 flights before the storm even arrived.

In Belgium one woman driving through the Beausart Wood area near Brussels died when a tree fell on her vehicle.

Police said three people were killed by falling trees or debris in separate incidents.

A truck crashed during heavy storms at the motorway A 71 near Erfurt, central Germany, Thursday.

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The high winds were expected to decrease by later in the afternoon, but Dutch officials had already closed to all traffic several more exposed roads and bridges crossing different dykes.

Regional train services were also disrupted on Friday, particularly in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state.

In a statement, the rail operator said only a limited number of trains were operating on global routes.

"According to our first estimates, the damage to homes and cars is at least 90 million euros", it said, cautioning that it had not yet added in the cost of any havoc to businesses, government buildings and the agriculture sector.

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