Air traffic, train services halted as storm rages across the Netherlands

Lester Mason
January 18, 2018

At Schiphol, all incoming flights have to divert to other airports. Trains were halted across the nation.

Police have closed the centre of Almere, a city with about 200,000 residents lying just east of Amsterdam.

But by late morning the national traffic service the VID had counted 25 large lorries which had been toppled by the gale-force winds, causing huge traffic jams on six of the country's main roads. Please note, all tram traffic has come to a halt and metro station Van der Madeweg is closed.

Before halting all trains, the Dutch rail service reported numerous incidents including a collision between a train and a trampoline.

A man who escaped unharmed makes a phone call after his scooter was hit by a falling tree uprooted by heavy winds in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

In Romania, snowstorms and high winds forced the government to close dozens of schools, several main roads and ports. There were no reports of injuries.

Authorities activated a code red in more than half the country, recommending that highways not be used as many had been closed by fallen trees and jackknifed trucks. The square in front of Cologne's cathedral was partially cordoned off as a precaution in case stones fall because of gusty winds, AP reported. Trains were delayed as the wind destroyed a few overhead power lines and trees fell on tracks.

Driving conditions in parts of Scotland were extremely hazardous, with officials advising motorists to stay off the roads because of blustery winds, heavy snow and ice. Thousands of homes in southeast England are without electricity, the Independent reported. Interior Minister Carmen Dan said that 32,000 people in 13 counties across the country are without electricity, The Washington Post reported.

Travel was also affected on roadways, where several trucks were blown over by the strong winds.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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