Storm to disrupt traffic at Amsterdam airport on Thursday

Elias Hubbard
January 18, 2018

KLM, the operator of the cancelled flights, on Wednesday said runway capacity at Schiphol will be severely restricted due to the storm, with heavy winds making ground handling operations impossible during a large part of Thursday morning. Some services to the King's Cross station in London were also disrupted.

The German railway operator Deutsche Bahn said it had suspended almost all long-distance rail service due to the storm and significant disruptions were expected again on Friday. Dpa says the storm led to 18 flight cancelations at Duesseldorf Airport.

Along the coast in Rotterdam, shipping containers were toppled and entire roofs ripped off homes.

Meanwhile, in England, gale-force winds of up to 110 km per hour were recorded.

In neighbouring Belgium, a woman driver also reportedly died when her auto was crushed by a tree as she was travelling through a wood in the Grez-Doiceau area, about 35km south of Brussels. Accidents are happening all over the country, and people are being advised to stay indoors if they can.

Trains were also taking a battering, with many delays and cancelations, including between the towns of Gouda and Alphen aan den Rijn due to what the national rail service called a collision between a train and a trampoline.

Dutch traffic information service VID reported that 25 trucks had toppled on Thursday morning.

Amsterdam's Schipol Airport also warned on its website that further cancellations and delays were to be expected.

By mid-afternoon, the storm had passed over Belgium and the Netherlands and into Germany, where police reported several 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.

Firefighters and police responded late Wednesday to numerous auto crashes in northern and southern Germany because of heavy snowfall and slippery roads.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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