Six Die As Storm Ciara Wreaks Havoc Across Europe

Fierce winds and heavy rains claimed at least six lives across northern Europe on Monday as Storm Ciara disrupted travel , grounded hundreds of flights , flooded roads and left vast areas without power .

In one of the region’ s most violent storms for years, one man died and another was reported missing in southern Sweden when their boat capsized .

Six Die As Storm Ciara Wreaks Havoc Across Europe

In the Czech Republic , one man died when his car went off the road trying to avoid a fallen tree. Several other people were also injured in the country as winds blew up to 180 kilometres ( 110 miles ) an hour, leaving 100 , 000 people without power , even toppling over a truck .

In Slovenia , a 52 -year- old man died on Monday when a tree fell on his car as he travelled in the northeast of the country .
In southern Poland , a 40 -year -old woman and her young daughter were killed by roofing torn away by the storm -force winds.

Police in London said that a man was killed in his car on Sunday when a tree fell on to a motorway southwest of the capital .
In the west of Germany , falling trees seriously injured three people: two women in Sarrebruck — one of whom was in a critical condition — and a 16- year-old boy in Paderborn .

The storm has swept across the region since the weekend .
– Extensive damage –
It caused extensive flooding in England, cut power to 130 , 000 homes in northern France and played havoc with air, rail and road travel in several countries .
The storm also cut power to 35, 000 households in northern Austria on Monday.

It forced more than 700 flights in four German cities – Frankfurt , Munich, Dusseldorf and Cologne – to be cancelled .
In the Netherlands , around 220 flights were cancelled Monday morning at Amsterdam ’ s Schiphol airport — Europe ’ s third -busiest — most destined for other European cities . Around 240 flights never took off on Sunday .

And having closed one of the big storm surge barriers as the tempest approached on Sunday night , Dutch police reported more than 600 kilometres of traffic jams Monday .

Tiny Luxembourg cancelled school classes , and in the Belgian capital Brussels , morning rush -hour traffic ground to a halt due to street closures and flooding .
In the German city of Frankfurt the winds toppled a crane on to the roof of the cathedral , causing extensive damage .

In France on Monday , 90 , 000 homes of the 130 , 000 that suffered power outages a day earlier were still without power .
Britain’ s newspapers and the country ’ s Met Office described Ciara as “ the storm of the century ” in terms of the scale of the destruction it wrought .

And Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill warned: “ While Storm Ciara is clearing away , that doesn ’ t mean we ’ re entering a quieter period of weather.

“ Blizzards aren’ t out of the question. ”
In northern England , the West Yorkshire towns of Hebden Bridge and neighbouring Mytholmroyd were among the worst hit by the storm , as floods submerged cars and cut power to tens of thousands .
More than 170 flood warnings remained in place Monday .

– Wind farm shut –
Much of the initial damage and disruption was along northern Europe ’ s coastline .
Channel ferry services between the southern English port of Dover and Calais in northern France resumed Monday morning after being halted the day before.

A whole Belgian offshore wind farm was shut down as powerful gusts caused the turbines to stop automatically for safety reasons .
And the Oresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden was closed for several hours .
The storm also forced the closure of large parts of the German rail network , but Deutsche Bahn had reopened some lines by Monday morning .

The weather also played havoc with Europe ’ s sporting calendar , causing the cancellation of top-flight football fixtures in Belgium , England, France , Germany and the Netherlands .
But there was an upside for passengers flying British Airways to London from New York .

The storm gave the plane a strong tailwind , helping it finish in the sub -sonic flight record time of 4 hours 56 minutes, according to flight -tracking website Flightradar24 .

Source:- AFP



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