On Monday (Feb 10) many flights and train services were dropped across Europe as Storm Ciara cleared in packing strong winds after lashing Britain and Ireland, where a huge number of homes were left without power. Swathes of northern France were set on an orange alert with individuals advised to keep away from the coast because of possible storm surges.
England, which endured the worst part of the storm Sunday with far-reaching flooding over the north of the country, stayed on alert with the Meteorological Office cautioning of solid breezes, heavy rain, and snow.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill stated, “While Storm Ciara is clearing away, that doesn’t mean we’re entering a quieter period of weather,”. “It’s going to stay very unsettled,” he said, warning “blizzards aren’t out of the question”.
Ciara brought torrential rains and hurricane-force winds disrupting transport across the country with planes, trains, and ferries being canceled or delayed.
The highest wind speed recorded was 150km per hour in the northwest Welsh village of Aberdaron.
At Wet Sleddale Reservoir in northwest England’s Lake District national park, more than 150 millimeters of rain fell in a 24-hour period.
In excess of 170 flood warnings stayed set up early Monday, for the most part across northern England and along the southern coast. The West Yorkshire towns of Hebden Bridge and neighboring Mytholmroyd were among the most noticeably worst hit by the storm, with lanes immersed and cars submerged in the floodwaters.
The Energy Networks Association claims “62,000 homes across Britain were still without power” as of Sunday evening.
Many flights have been canceled or postponed and rail companies have encouraged travelers not to travel and worked reduced timetables and speed limitations. Also, channel ferry services between Dover and the French port of Calais were stopped Sunday until further notification.
In Ireland, which was on orange alert due to the danger of flooding in coastal regions, 10,000 homes, farms and businesses were left without power.
Belgium was likewise on orange alarm and around 60 flights to and from Brussels had been canceled. In the capital, trees and scaffolding were toppled and a few buildings damaged however there were no casualties. The entire Belgian offshore wind farm was closed down as strong gusts made the turbines stop automatically for safety reasons.