Hundreds of flights scrapped as storm shuts Amsterdam's Schiphol airport

Scores of flights and trains were cancelled in The Netherlands and drivers were warned to stay off the roads as the country took a powerful hit of a storm which was set to lash large parts of Europe.

(CNN)A powerful windstorm forced the Netherlands' Schiphol Airport to close temporarily on Thursday and caused airlines to cancel 320 flights in and out of the facility in Amsterdam.

The airport has reopened and passengers are checking in as air traffic gradually resumes, Schiphol Airport said on Twitter, but the storm has brought chaos to flight schedules. The airport earlier announced all air traffic had been suspended because of "severe weather conditions."
A man who escaped unharmed picks up his gloves after his scooter was hit by a crashing tree uprooted by heavy winds in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Thursday.
Many of the canceled flights were operated by Air France and Dutch airline KLM, which both reported disrupted schedules.
    "Air traffic is restricted for safety reasons during a storm. This is because of the limited number of runways available to Air Traffic Control ... under such conditions where aircraft can land or take off safely," the airport said in a statement.
    Scores of flights and trains were cancelled in The Netherlands and drivers were warned to stay off the roads as the country took a powerful hit of a storm which was set to lash large parts of Europe
    Strong winds have also blown roof plates off buildings, forcing the airport to close two departure entrances.
    Schiphol Airport is a major hub for European flights.
    The tracking app FlightRadar24 said many planes were diverting from Schiphol to other airports in the region because of wind speeds of up to 65 knots. It said Dusseldorf airport in Germany was also affected by strong winds.
    The Netherlands Meteorological Institute issued a weather alert in the country's east but said that winds were starting to ease.
    Passengers wait at Utrecht Central Station in the Netherlands as windstorms forced the cancelation of train services Thursday.
    Photographs showed people waiting at Dutch train stations as rail services were canceled.
    Windstorms have also affected commuters in other parts of the region.
    A group of travelers at Schiphol Airport near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.
    A representative from German railway Deutsche Bahn said most high-speed trains north of the Rhine valley had been canceled and advised against travel around western Germany. Routes between Dusseldorf, Cologne, Bonn and Dortmund are particularly affected.
    People brave a windstorm in the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Thursday.
    In the UK, windstorms brought down trees and caused temporary power outages in parts of the country, and public transport was also affected.