Storm Ciara hit western Europe

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The storm hit a car in northwest Europe on Sunday, especially Britain, amid fears of damage, floods and power outages, and in anticipation of that, air and sea flights between France and England were canceled and postponed matches in three countries.

In France, an orange alert was announced in 35 provinces in the north of the country, most at risk of storm, and residents were invited to avoid forests, coastal areas and sailing.

In Britain, the country most affected by this storm, has been disturbed air and sea transport and by train as a result of torrential rains and winds of 130 km per hour.

On Sunday, the British Meteorological Agency issued a red alert in England and Wales as a result of the winds, which will last until nine o’clock at night (local VT).

The authority said it expects residents to suffer damage, including a possible blackout and flood, and warned of the danger of windborne residues.

Three people were wounded in the Scottish city of Perth as a result of the collapse of part of the roof of a bar.

Dozens of flights were canceled or postponed. On Sunday, British Airways offered travelers arriving or departing from London airports the possibility to postpone their flights. Virgin Atlantic has canceled several flights from the country’s largest London Heathrow airport.

Transport movement disorder

The company, Newark Rail, which owns a British train network, advised against traveling on the train on Sunday unless it was “an absolute necessity”, and warned that transport could be disrupted until Monday morning.

Several other carriers have reduced the pace and speed of trains, and several flights in Scotland have been canceled.

Ferries operating in the English Channel between the French cities of Calais and Dover, Britain, were suspended from work on Sunday noon and “until further notice.”

The storm also postponed several football matches in the United Kingdom, and Scotland and England in the Six Nations Women Rugby Championship, and horse races, among others.

The royal gardens were closed, and Queen Elizabeth II was absent on Sunday from the traditional celebration at her palace in Sandrigham.

In Ireland, which has declared an orange alert and is threatened by floods in coastal areas, electricity has been cut off by 10 thousand homes, villages and companies.

And revealed on Saturday evening, the cancellation of the announcement ceremony of the British city of Galway (west) as the capital of European culture for the year 2020, and warned the airline Air Lings of the possibility of delay flights and other cancellations.

Air transport in Belgium was also affected, as some 60 flights were canceled at Brussels Airport.

And an orange alert was announced on Sunday, with a high risk of damages throughout the country. Forests and parks were closed in Brussels on Sunday and Monday, and the Football Association announced the postponement of matches scheduled for Sunday.

High risk of waves

In Germany, the airports of Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne and Hannover canceled flights.

These difficulties may continue until Monday, and the German Meteorological Authority has announced an alert that will continue until six o’clock (five o’clock GMT) on Monday.

The train lines of the north of the country were affected, as regional train connections were canceled.

Luxembourg exempted public school students from attending Monday, due to the risk of a strong storm.

In France, winds of up to 140 km per hour are expected, and an orange alert has been announced in the north of the country.

The region indicated “possible disturbances in the school transport network and within cities.”

Parks and gardens were closed in Lille and Boulogne-sur-Mer throughout Sunday. The western pier in Cali, a favorite area for hikers, has been closed since Saturday evening.


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