A tornado passed over Zierikzee in Zeeland, claiming human lives on Monday. The Zeeland security region said about 10 people were injured. The storm also caused great destruction in several streets. The emergency services were deployed en masse.
The roofs of many buildings have been smashed. Trees were blown out and windows cracked. The safety zone invites people not to come into the zone. “Give space for emergency services and follow the instructions.” The safety zone talks about a tornado, but according to the weather agency Weeronline, it’s a weak hurricane. A cyclone rapidly circulates air at the bottom of a storm cloud, and is usually thought of as some kind of stump. A very strong tornado can last for hours, but it often doesn’t last long.
Hurricane strength is expressed on the Fujita scale, which ranges from zero for the lightest to five for the heaviest, and is retrospectively evaluated by damage. Weeronline estimates the strength of a whirlwind in Zierikzee at a maximum of 2, with a speed of between 179 and 218 kilometers per hour. According to Weeronline, one to three cyclones occur in the Netherlands each year.
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