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World Fierce storm causes deaths, damage and delays across Europe

02:40  11 february  2020
02:40  11 february  2020 Source:   ap.org

Trains, flights, ferries cancelled as high winds batter UK

  Trains, flights, ferries cancelled as high winds batter UK LONDON (AP) — Trains, flights and ferries have been cancelled and weather warnings issued across the United Kingdom and in northern Europe as a storm with winds expected to reach hurricane levels batters the region. Storm Ciara, named by the Met Office national weather agency, was expected to bring winds up to 80 mph (129 kph) as well as heavy rains. Storm Ciara, named by the Met Office national weather agency, was expected to bring winds up to 80 mph (129 kph) as well as heavy rains. The agency has issued 22 emergency flood warnings and 149 flood watch alerts.

A strong winter storm that has battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains has There were reports of deaths directly linked to the storm with three drivers, one in the southwest of Britain, which bore the brunt of the storm on Sunday, was assessing the damage and working to get

Deaths linked to storm reported. There were reports of deaths directly linked to the storm with three drivers, one in the southwest of the Czech Republic, one in the north of Slovenia, and another in southern England, killed after their cars were hit by falling trees.

BERLIN (AP) — A storm battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains, killing at least seven people and causing severe travel disruptions as it moved eastward across the continent Monday and bore down on Germany.

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  Storm Dennis spawns major flooding in UK as 'danger to life' warnings issued An explosive winter storm that roared across the North Atlantic over the weekend is still having impacts across central England and Wales, as authorities on Tuesday declared severe flood warnings across the region.The Met Office, Britain's meteorological service, declared 10 severe flood warnings, meaning there is a "danger to life" for rivers Severn Trent, Wye and Lugg. More than 180 less severe flood warnings were also in place. Additional rain is in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, possibly extending flooding conditions.

A strong winter storm that has battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains and killed at least five people moved eastward Monday, causing After striking Britain and Ireland on Sunday, the storm moved on, leaving a trail of damage including power cuts for tens of thousands of homes

A powerful winter storm battered Europe on Sunday, leaving power outages, transportation chaos and at least five deaths in its wake. The storm first hit Ireland on Saturday afternoon before moving toward Britain and making its way to northwestern Europe .

After striking Britain and Ireland on Sunday, the storm moved on, leaving a trail of damage including power cuts for tens of thousands of homes across Europe.

A woman and her 15-year-old daughter died in Poland after the storm ripped off the roof of a ski rental equipment building in the mountain resort of Bukowina Tatrzanska and sent it hurtling onto people standing near a ski lift, police said. Three people also were injured in the incident.

In Sweden, one man drowned after the boat he and another person were sailing in on the southern lake of Fegen capsized. The victim was washed ashore and later died. The other person is still missing, according to the Aftonbladet daily.

Two men, one in the north of Slovenia and another in southern England, also died after their cars were hit by falling trees. And in Germany, a driver died after crashing his truck into a trailer parked by workers clearing storm debris off a highway in the southern state of Hesse.

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  Series of bomb cyclones poised to form in the North Atlantic, will rake Europe with high winds, ‘phenomenal seas’ A string of extraordinarily powerful storms is churning the waters of the North Atlantic and threatening Europe.One such storm, which the U.K. Met Office named Storm Ciara, struck this past weekend, flooding homes, shutting schools and severing power as it battered Europe and Britain with wind speeds of nearly 100 mph.

A strong winter storm has battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains. After striking Britain and Ireland on Sunday, the storm moved on, leaving a trail of damage including power cuts for tens of thousands of homes across Europe .

There were reports of deaths directly linked to the storm with three drivers, one in the southwest of Britain's transport networks remained disrupted with flights, ferries and trains all seeing cancellations and delays . Train travel across Europe 's biggest economy was also severely disrupted, leaving

Police in the Czech Republic said the storm likely was to blame for a car accident that killed the man driving and injured a woman passenger. Investigators think a tree fell on the car, which skidded off the road and and overturned.

The number of Czech households without electricity reached 290,000, according to power company CEZ.

Britain, which bore the brunt of the storm on Sunday, was assessing the damage and working to get power restored to 20,000 homes. However, for parts of northern England and Scotland, the respite is set to be brief, with forecasts of blizzards and snow.

Many parts of the country were mopping up after a month and a half's rain fell in just 24 hours in some places and rivers burst their banks. Though 360 flood warnings have been removed as the storm moves on, around 75 remain in place across the country.

The River Irwell burst its banks in northwest England, prompting authorities to evacuate residents. And in the Scottish town of Hawick, which borders England, a guest house and bistro collapsed into the raging River Teviot. No one was injured.

Storm Ciara kills at least six in Europe

  Storm Ciara kills at least six in Europe A woman and her two daughters died in Poland after winds tore the roof off a ski rental shop.At least six people have died across Europe as Storm Ciara moves east, shutting down transport and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

A strong winter storm that has battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains and killed at least five people moved eastward Monday, causing After striking Britain and Ireland on Sunday, the storm moved on, leaving a trail of damage including power cuts for tens of thousands of homes

A strong winter storm that has battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains has killed at least five people and caused severe travel disruption Britain's transport networks remained disrupted with flights, ferries and trains all seeing cancellations and delays . Some ferries across the English

In another dramatic scene, a driver managed to escape unhurt in the early hours of Monday when a car fell nose-first into a sinkhole in a residential street in the town of Brentwood, east of London. Six properties had to be evacuated due to the unstable ground that is said to have been linked to a partially collapsed sewer. The emergency services made the scene safe just before daybreak.

The British government said it was offering financial compensation through its emergency Bellwin scheme. Under the scheme, local authorities dealing with the storm can apply to have certain costs reimbursed.

Transport authorities were also working hard to clear up the mess. Network Rail, which runs the country's rail infrastructure, said thousands of engineers had “battled horrendous conditions” after the storm blew trees, sheds, roofs and even trampolines onto the tracks.

Ferries were operating across the English Channel after being closed down on Sunday, though P&O Ferries said in a tweet that further disruptions were possible.

Airlines operating to and from U.K. airports were still being affected by the storm, with more than 100 flights canceled.

City of Spartanburg works to clean up, keep up with storm damage

  City of Spartanburg works to clean up, keep up with storm damage Crews have worked for days to clean up storm damage from Thursday, sawing trees, putting tarps on houses, taking down broken wire. At least three buildings at the Crown Pointe Apartments were deemed unsafe as of Tuesday, according to a resident who was forced out of his home. John Smith said he and his wife almost lost their lives during the storm when a tree fell on their pickup truck. Sign up for our Newsletters “No doubt about it, I'm aAt least three buildings at the Crown Pointe Apartments were deemed unsafe as of Tuesday, according to a resident who was forced out of his home. John Smith said he and his wife almost lost their lives during the storm when a tree fell on their pickup truck.

There were reports of deaths directly linked to the storm with three drivers, one in Britain's transport networks remained disrupted with flights, ferries and trains all seeing cancellations and delays . Train travel across Europe 's biggest economy was also severely disrupted, leaving many commuters

A strong winter storm that has battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains and killed at least five people moved eastward Monday, causing severe travel disruptions across the continent. After striking Britain and Ireland on Sunday, the storm moved on, leaving a trail of damage including

"We're getting in touch with those affected, and have brought in extra customer teams to help them with a range of options including a full refund or an alternative flight between now and Thursday," British Airways said in a statement.

The storm had largely passed through France by midday, though meteorologists warned that the Mediterranean island of Corsica could later see winds as high as 200 kph (124 mph). Up to 130,000 homes stretching from Brittany, in western France, through Normandy and the northern regions were without power Monday morning.

In Germany, utility companies were also scrambling to restore power to some 50,000 homes in northern Bavaria, where a top wind of over 160 kph (100 mph) was recorded. The storm resulted in a record amount of electricity being fed into the German grid from wind turbines, equivalent to almost 44 nuclear power plants.

Train travel across Europe's biggest economy was also severely disrupted, leaving many commuters unable to get to work. Deutsche Bahn said Monday it was slowly resuming long-distance rail services in the north of the country but warned travelers to expect further disruptions. Airlines canceled hundreds of flights from German airports.

The storm, which was dubbed Sabine in Germany, also led to school closures in several cities and regions, including North Rhine-Westphalia state, where several people were injured by falling branches and toppling trees. Parts of a construction crane fell onto the roof of Frankfurt Cathedral overnight.

Twin bomb cyclones to merge into one of strongest-ever storms in North Atlantic, hammering Iceland and threatening Britain as Storm Dennis

  Twin bomb cyclones to merge into one of strongest-ever storms in North Atlantic, hammering Iceland and threatening Britain as Storm Dennis One bomb cyclone is slamming Iceland with hurricane force winds on Friday, while another is hot on its heels. These storms will combine into one giant swirl, rivaling all other North Atlantic storms on record.Already on Friday morning, the first bomb cyclone, which has a minimum central air pressure of 929 millibars, roughly equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane, is slamming Iceland with blizzard conditions, mixed precipitation and heavy rain. Winds have been clocked at about 70 mph in the capital city of Reykjavik, and 90 mph at the international airport in Keflavik.

LONDON: Hundreds of flights and train services were cancelled across northwest Europe on Monday as Storm Ciara swept in packing powerful winds after lashing Britain and Ireland, where tens of thousands of homes were left without power. Swathes of northern France were placed on orange alert

A winter storm that battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains has killed at least six people and caused severe travel disruptions as it moved eastward across the continent Monday and bore down on Germany.

Even though there were no reported fatalities in Belgium, the storm had an emotional impact in the central town of Zottegem, where a scenic 150-year-old poplar tree was snapped at its roots, before falling and being pulverized on a country road.

The tree had been granted protected status by the Flemish regional government and locals now plan to have a special remembrance service on Friday.

“The tree meant so much to everyone," Stefan Fostier, the driving force behind the initiative, told The Associated Press. “It will be a moment to honor the tree."

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Pylas contributed from London. Raf Casert in Brussels, Elaine Ganley in Paris, Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, Vanessa Gera in Warsaw, Poland and Karel Janicek in Prague contributed to this report.

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