José Tyteca

Nasty storm hits West Coast

A torrential storm with violent gusts of wind hit the Flemish West Coast last night.  In the resort of Koksijde the emergency plan was implemented for a while.

De Panne and, inland, Veurne were most badly affected.  In Koksijde there were reports of a whirlwind.  Fortunately nobody was injured but there was a lot of damage as a result of uprooted trees.  Even this morning several streets are cordoned off in order to have a clear up.

In Koksijde the mayor declared an emergency amid fears that pedestrians and cyclists had fallen under uprooted trees.  Trees with a diameter of up to one metre were uprooted and hindered traffic.  Tiles were blown off roofs and limbs off trees, while several cars were also damaged.

In De Panne a roof was blown off a garden shed, while a local church was hit by lightning.   Firefighters were called out in Oostduinkerke, Nieuwpoort and Middelkerke.

The storm was a short-lived weather event but the gusts caused considerable damage

José Tyteca