3 November 2013 (pictures below)
This afternoon a tornado has damaged many houses in my village Wijk bij Duurstede. Lucky we all are OK. Also my current house and my previous (still not sold) house has not been hit. My sons have been walking towards our previous house and the village is full with fire fighters and police to help as much as possible people. It seems that a 2 kilometre long area has been hit by this tornado. Strange to notice that tornado’s do appear in the Netherlands and now even are so close by. My previous house has been missed by less than 100 meters.
Update: 4 November 2013 (new pictures below)
This morning I have seen with my own eyes the +/- 2 kilometres long and just less than 50 meters wide track of devastation through our beautiful village. The relative small tornado, (has just has been qualified as a formal F1 Tornado), hit the ground just outside the village in a small industrial area. The tornado moved on for about 2 minutes via several neighbourhoods to the old town/city. Wijk bij Duurstede is famous for the old small characteristic city. see here Cars have been smashed, trees have been torn apart and thousands of tiles have been smashed from roofs. It looks a bit surreal that this has happened in my village Wijk bij Duurstede and not like we only see in the news from the US. My nice old house for sale, see here was missed by just 100 meters and the house of my sons by just 20 meters. The tornado was more than one kilometre away from my current house. So we all feel very lucky. At the moment (still raining a lot) dozens of people are working hard to clean and repair the damage. See the news (in Dutch) of the official marked F1 tornado here