The Code Orange weather warning on 23 February 2017 relates specifically to the Dutch provinces of Noord-Holland (including Amsterdam), Zuid-Holland, Zeeland and parts of Utrecht and Noord-Brabant. With the possibility of wind gusts reaching 100-120 km/h in these regions, citizens should be aware of risks from damage to trees and falling branches, be extra cautious in traffic, and expect delays or disruption to public transport networks and road traffic. The Code Orange warning is expected to remain in place until midnight tonight. More information about the weather warning in Noord-Holland is available on the KNMI website (in Dutch).
Journeys in and around Amsterdam
Please take note that public transport in and around Amsterdam has already been affected today. NS (Dutch Railways) is operating a reduced service on some train routes, so take into account that journeys may be 15-30 minutes longer than usual, with the possibility of busier trains. Further disruption caused by the heavy winds and falling trees is also possible. Visit the NS website to check the latest status and use the journey planner.
The rush-hour commute at the end of the afternoon is also expected to present difficult driving conditions with the possibility of heavy traffic delays. Drivers are reminded to check conditions before departing and drive with extra caution.
Avoid Amsterdamse Bos
Due to the possibility of falling branches or trees, the City of Amsterdam advises citizens to avoid Amsterdamse Bos throughout this afternoon and evening.