Ciara/Sabine Wreaks Havoc All Over Europe
A terrible storm, named Ciara and Sabine, has overrun Europe, leaving destruction in its wake. The strong winds and the low temperatures have brought death to at least five people. The winds reached speeds over 80 mph, with some countries hit harder than others.
Ireland was the starting point of the devastation. The northern part received flood warnings, as the coastal area was prone to the effects of the storm, due to high tides and stormy seas. Several thousand homes lost their power, which, while tragic, was nowhere near what the other countries experienced.
Ciara did a number on the British Isles, grounding flights, shutting down roads, and delaying other forms of transportation. The Britons have named it the Storm of the Century, and for a good reason. The UK Met Office put out hundreds of flood warnings, as there were almost 6 inches of rain that fell, while the winds uprooted trees and destroyed power lines.
The storm reached Britain from Ireland and, after causing damage not seen since 2013, moved on to north-western Europe. A tree fell on a car, killing a man in southern England. Ciara blocked all traveling for the entire weekend, as the trees fell on the roads and railroads and the winds made flights impossible. The risk of low temperatures and snow remains.
Germany quickly reacted to the danger, issuing the highest-level storm warning for the Black Forest and second-highest for the other parts of the country. Hundreds of flights were canceled on various airports, including Frankfurt Airport. Deutsche Bahn, the national railway operator, canceled all trains until Monday. There were meter-high (about three feet) water sprays in Schleswig-Holstein and some 60.000 homes throughout Germany lost power entirely. There were several injuries reported, a few of them serious.
France and Belgium
France closed off the port of Calais and people were advised against going to the forests or parking near trees. 90,000 homes lost power and did not recover it on Monday. All flights were canceled and there was a large train disruption in Paris. Belgium postponed its championship soccer matches and grounded all its flights as it expected to be hit for 24 hours straight. The highest wind speed reported was 70mph.
While the Netherlands experienced the cancelation of flights similar to that of other countries, along with warnings against going outside, a few of the Dutch opted to still hold their extreme cycling competition – the Dutch Headwind Cycling Championships.
A disaster was nearly avoided when a mother and child were swept into the North Sea by the wind. They were quickly rescued. The winds that were present were akin to hurricanes.
By the time the storm reached Norway, it subsided a bit, causing the country to issue a yellow warning to certain parts of the country, but not the others. A few roads were closed and ferry services were offline. There were also multiple flight cancelations.