High Winds In Amsterdam

High Winds In Amsterdam

To say it has been a bit windy lately would be an understatement. Yesterday Holland suddenly descended into complete chaos as a large storm swept across the country coursing more damage then a visit from Godzilla.

The streets turned into high powered wind tunnels populated by pedestrians struggling to keep on their feet. Anyone carrying an umbrella ran the risk of being blown into a near by canal or Belgium.

All trains came to a complete stand still by order of the traffic police due to leaves on the line. Normally this would not be too much of a problem but the trees were still attached at the time.

Roads turned into rivers, people in high rise buildings were getting sea sick, traffic took over an hour to go just one hundred meters and everyone was advised to stay indoors and off the roads.

My journey home that normally takes 20 minutes took four and half hours. I spent the evening listening to the high winds raging outside as parts of the house rattled and shook. I would not have been too surprised to wake up in the morning and discover that the house had landed in Oz after being swept up in the storm and crash landing, killing The Wicked Witch of the East in the process.

On the upside, all the wind turbines in Holland must have generated enough power to supply the rest of the world into the 25th century.

41 responses to “High Winds In Amsterdam”

  1. Sally says:

    Well – it would have to be a VERY big storm, even bigger, to kill the Wicked Witch of the East, because she didn’t in fact die after all! I went to see “Wicked” at Christmas, and we found out that she was a: not all that wicked after all, and b: she didn’t die but went underground so to speak!!!!! You see, you live and learn….


  2. Tess says:

    Your ‘leaves’ remark really cracked me up… :) Being aware of the train situation over there [is that funny NS commercial still on tv?]

  3. vallyP says:

    Im so glad you could see an upside to it Stu ;-$ We felt as though we were out at sea here and I actually felt quite seasick. My dog was absolutely terrified though..

  4. BlondebutBright says:

    Great recap. I’m glad you survived. I stayed inside as much as possible and only got blown around a little bit. What an experience!

  5. Emiel says:

    I’m sort of curious just how you managed to get home. From your previous posts, I got the impression you go by train, but the trains stopped all together, so…
    Very funny story.

  6. Ash says:

    It was kind of like that here a few days ago. It only took me two minutes to blow down the street to the grocery store (about 6 blocks, across a busy highway), but 10 minutes to walk back! It was all worth it though, because I bought cookies :)

  7. zoe says:

    we survived by spending the afternoon in a spa. driving back took about an hour, rather than the usual 15 minutes, no accidents and one tree on the ring which two police cars seemed to be looking after – by staring at it in their cars.

    as we’re borrowing marianne’s diddy little car, it did wave around about but the damn winds DID NOT DAMAGE THOSE FARKING SATTELITE DISHES.

    but they’ve ruined my spelling even further.

  8. Invader_Stu says:

    Sally – I’ve seen ads for that show. It sounds very interesting. I wouldn’t mind seeing it next time I’m back in London (Along with all the other shows I want to see).

    Tess – I’ve not seen any NS commercials for a while. The NS was really good when I first got it but it has not been so great the last few years… still, better then British Rail.

  9. Invader_Stu says:

    We’re you on the canal at the time VallyP? That must have been scary.

  10. Bihi says:

    OMG it’s coming to Greenland



  11. Invader_Stu says:

    BlondebutBright – It was crazy. I thought I was going to get blown into the air.

  12. Dragonlady says:

    The storm hit England yesterday as well.I was lucky enough to go down with a tummy bug so I had a good excuse not to go out. Glad you survived.Mind you our greenhouse didn’t.

  13. ChickyBabe says:

    Wow… glad to hear you’re ok!

  14. zoe says:

    stu, there are TWO OF THE FUCKERS.

  15. Invader_Stu says:

    Dragonlady – The greenhouse must be in Croydon by now. I remember how that thing was in just a mild breeze.

    Emiel – It was a nightmare. I got the metro part of the way then had to stand around for an hour waiting for a bus. The traffic was non-moving and then I had to wait another hour freezing at a bus station for another bus that would take me the rest of the way. A lot of people started walking. I was tempted by a near by hotel.

    Ash – Anything is worth cookies.

    Zoe – I get the feeling you really hate that SATTELITE DISH :p

    Bihi – Find shelter while you can :p

    ChickyBabe – Thanks. There was a few times when I thought I would not get home.

  16. vallyP says:

    Hi Stu, yes we were on board in the harbour. I wsa out for some of the day as I was working, but when I went home, it was pretty wild…even getting on board was a nerve wracking exercise in making sure I stayed on the dreaded gangplank…lol…the idea of walking the plank suddenly became very real ;-)

  17. marycub says:

    I did infact get blown over earlier in the week, for i am but a small person. I have had to break into a jog a few times to avoid falling again.

  18. Jodie says:

    I guess this just teaches me why it might be a good idea to watch the weather report every now and again. I had no idea about the storm and decided that thursday would be the perfect day to drive to Amsterdam and back in the morning to sort out some business at the consulate.
    The drive there wasn’t too bad but the return journey left me quite shaken after almost being blown over the guardrail on the highway a couple of times!

    … and I swear I saw a cow blow past at one point! :D

  19. Renate says:

    Hi Stu,

    wow, cool blog you’ve got here.. read some old posts as well, really love m. I think I’ll keep an eye on your blog! :)



  20. Invader_Stu says:

    Zoe – Why do you need two? Beaming signals into space?

    VallyP – It must have felt like being at high sea

    Marycub – Best not go around with an umbrella then unless you want to end up doing a Marry Poppins impression.

    Jodie – I had no idea the storm was coming either. Once it arrived it was hard not to notice though.

    You might have seen the same cow that landed on my roof.

    Renate – Thanks. I’m glad you like it :)

  21. Jodie says:

    Stu – well at least you wont be worrying about running out of mince ;)

  22. Bihi says:

    It sounds like the story of the Mad Hurricane that Blew the Bunker Off. Sad, I must tell.

    Hopefully expecting the next weather incident from Greenland,

  23. zoe says:

    one dish is for france and the other england. i know, don’t ask.

  24. tenakalaz says:

    how did you know that Stu likes a good mince :)

  25. Invader_Stu says:

    You’ve never complained about my mincing Tenakalaz

  26. Miss Evvil says:

    Hi Stu!

    Me and my better half was very lucky indeed. We flew off to Norway the day before the storm hit Holland and yes, you guessed it, the big european winter-storm came as snow there so ended up spending 4 days in winter wonder-land. Lucky us! But I do feel for you, being stuck in the country of wind-mills and flying cows during the worst storm since 1913… All the best!

  27. ellen says:

    Someone sent me a powerpoint of the ice storms in Switzerland – I’ve never seen anything so dramatic.

  28. marycub says:

    I didn’t have an umbrella!! Wind and rain do not equal umbrella in my way of thinking.

  29. Jodie says:

    I’ve never understood the mysterious umbrella. I have owned one or two in my lifetime but they are objects that completely stupify me. I always open it facing the wrong way and invariably either get my eyes almost taken out or start lifting off the ground.
    I can’t hold onto an umbrella and ride my bicycle (a must when living in clog-land).
    The frigging things constantly flap and steer a course for the nearest source of water (which is kind of defeating the point, isn’t it?) and they drip all over everything when I finally reach my destination.
    I’d rather just get soaked and towel myself off in said destinations hallway and then enjoy the added bonus of sympathy and attention and cups of coffee with digestive biccies which I get as a result of looking like a drowned cat ;)

  30. Invader_Stu says:

    Miss Evvil – It’s lucky you were not flying on the day of the storm. That would have been scary.

    Zoe – Are you planning an invasion?

    Ellen – I never thought I would hear the words ‘power point’ and ‘dramatic’ in the same sentence :p

  31. Melissa says:

    Tell me about it. Okay, Belgium wasn’t as bad as Holland, but still. On the birght side…SNOW by the end of the week!!!!!!!

    And I have another mosquito bite.

  32. Invader_Stu says:

    I know what you both mean. Although my issue with umbrella is forgetfulness. If it starts raining when I’m at home I’ve accidentally left my umbrella at the office. If it starts raining when I’m at the office I’ve accidentally left my umbrella at home.

  33. Invader_Stu says:

    Melissa – The up side is the snow should get rid of the mosquitos for a bit.

  34. marycub says:

    SNOOOOOOOOW! we had it. i’ll take snow over rain and wind any day :-)

  35. vallyP says:

    Actually, I’d rather have no wind, no rain, lots of sunshine and 25 degrees. That’s not asking too much is it? (hopeful expression fading…)

    By the way, where’s the next post Stu…getting bored with this one now….lol

  36. Invader_Stu says:

    Marycub – Time to build a snow man

    VallyP – So demanding :p I’ve been a bit busy this week but it will be up soon… ish

  37. flicka says:

    hehe. sea sick people in zee skyscrapers of holland! i on the other hand was waiting on an airport for the crew to get to there… i seriously thought that the windows would smash from the strominess outside…

  38. Rose says:

    I’m glad that you were not blown away.

  39. Invader_Stu says:

    The glass roof of our office nearly cracked and caved in

  40. Q says:

    You are in Os, Stu …

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