For a long time, fruit growers in the Netherlands seemed to manage to evade the hail, but last night – right before the harvest – severe weather passed over the country from the southwest to the northeast, with heavy local thunderstorms, heavy winds and big hailstones. In Zeeland, West-Brabant and the Betuwe, this resulted in huge local damage. For the fruit growers affected, it’s a drama, because most of them were to begin harvesting fruit this week or the next. When the crops dry, the total damage will become clear later today, but it’s certain that a large area has been affected.
Hail damage insurance company OFH has received the first reports since 7 AM on Monday, Gert Jan van Dijk says: “So far, most of the reports have come from top fruit growers. Just before picking, these growers’ harvests were destroyed within fifteen minutes or half an hour…
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