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Heavy Storm Named CIARA Sweeps Across Europe, Disrupting Flights, Rail And Road Transport Systems

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Heavy rain and gusts of wind reaching more than 90mph have brought widespread flooding and travel disruption as Storm Ciara hits the UK.

Trees were toppled, buildings were damaged and some homes had to be evacuated as rivers burst their banks.

Thousands of people are without electricity and sporting events have been cancelled due to the weather.

Airlines have also cancelled hundreds of flights, while several rail firms have urged passengers not to travel.

Ferry passengers also face delays and cancellations, and drivers have been warned to take extra care.

Large parts of the UK are covered by an amber warning for very strong winds, with the Met Office advising that large waves in coastal areas and flying debris could cause injury

Severe warnings have been issued across parts of northern Europe as Storm Ciara sweeps across the continent.

High winds and heavy rain continue to batter areas of Ireland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and Scandinavia.

The storm led to travel disruptions and the cancellation of several public events over the weekend.

Forecasters predict it will continue to move south-eastwards, bringing gusts of over 90mph (145km/h) in some areas.

In Ireland, around 14,000 homes and businesses were left without power as the country begins counting ballots for its general election.

Over in Denmark, a woman and a child had to be rescued from the North Sea after they were swept into the water while walking along a pier.

France issued amber warnings – its second-highest level – for 35 regions of the country, including Normandy, the Ardennes and Lorraine. People have been warned to stay away from coastal and wooded areas.

Forecasters in Norway, meanwhile, have issued red warnings – their highest risk level – for some southern and western areas due to concerns about high seas.

These same concerns have also led to the suspension of ferry services in the English Channel.

Gale force winds grounded dozens of flights in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Frankfurt, Brussels and Amsterdam Schipol were among the airports affected.

German railway firm Deutsche Bahn also warned of severe disruptions in the north of the country.

Storm Ciara – known as Elsa in Norway, and Sabine in Germany and Switzerland – is the most severe winter storm to hit the continent in 2020.

This year’s storm names have already been chosen, with Dennis due to be the name for the next storm. (BBC)

 

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