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Strong Winds Cause Chaos in the Netherlands Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in News

In the Netherlands, we woke up to some of the strongest winds in years. The majority of the country was in code oranje and code rood for wind gusts of up to 143 kph. The hardest hit areas were in the Randstad, Gelderland and the north of the country.

Photo taken by Paul van de Velde found on Flickr.com with license CC BY 2.0

The zware storm caused lots of damage or schade in buildings and roads. There are videos of roofs being pulled out by the wind and trees falling on top of cars and in some of the highways. So far, there are tenminste 3 deaths because of the storm.

The winds raasde or raged the country and many trucks tilted over or kantelden on the highway. On Wednesday evening the NS had already announced that there would be limited trains traveling the country and some people ended up stranded looking for a ride home. You can read more about the problems the storm caused in this article.

Schiphol was also affected by the winds. The roof of the terminal was damaged and all vliegverkeer or air traffic was landed to avoid any accidents. While the winds calmed down in the midday, there were still plenty of delays throughout the day.

The following article from the Volkskrant has a very decent report on the major damages around the country. You can click here to read more.

The schade or damage is expected to reach 10 million euros.

The following video gives a summary of the most shocking footage of today’s storm.

Were you affected by today’s storm?

Useful Vocabulary

zware storm– strong storm
schade– damage
tenminste- at least
raasde– raged
ongelukken– accidents
ondanks– despite
kantelde– tilted
voertuigen– vehicles
windkracht– wind strength
stilgelegd– shut down
vliegverkeer- air traffic
tijdelijk– temporary
gestaakt– cease
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About the Author: Karoly Molina

Since I was a little girl, I was fascinated with languages and writing. I speak English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and a little bit of French. I am a writer, reader, language teacher, traveler, and a food lover! I now live in The Netherlands with my husband Riccardo, our cat Mona, and our dog Lisa, and the experience has been phenomenal. The Dutch culture is an exciting sometimes topsy-turvy world that I am happily exploring!


  1. Peter Simon:

    NS (the state railway) has just announced that they have suspended all train traffic and serious effects will still be felt tomorrow.

    • Karoly G Molina:

      @Peter Simon Peter, I hope you were not left stranded!

  2. Errol:

    Thank you for the news! Wow, shocking! I’ve never seen anything as bad as that. I hope all my Dutch friends survive unscathed (ongeschonde?).

  3. Michael Gill:

    My girlfriend in Drachten said it wasn’t as bad there.

    Also: “The roof of the terminal was damaged and all vliegverkeer or air traffic was landed to avoid any accidents. ” I think you mean ‘grounded to avoid any accidents’ instead of ‘landed’. 😊

    • Karoly G Molina:

      @Michael Gill Michael, you are completely right! Thank you 🙂