60 flights in and out of Brussels were canceled and 35 French regions put on orange alert as storm Ciara brought howling winds and rain to Europe!
Affected regions will include Normandy, the Ardennes, and Lorraine. In the Vosges, winds could hit speeds of 180 km/h. In the Champagne region and Brittany, gusts could reach 110 km/h, according to forecaster Meteo France.
The storm could make tough going for the rugby match in northern Paris between hosts France and visitors Italy at 1600 GMT at the Stade de France, part of the Six Nations annual tournament.
In Belgium, the Royal Meteorological Institute issued an alert for Sunday of winds reaching 170 km/h, or more, with the risk of property damage nationwide. Some sixty flights at Brussels Airport have been canceled as a precaution.
Britain’s Network Rail advised travelers to avoid taking the train unless “absolutely necessary,” with the powerful storm expected to disrupt air, rail and sea links in both Britain and Ireland.
Storm Ciara is expected to bring delays and cancellations to air, ferry and trains; damage to buildings and chance of power cuts,” Britain’s Met Office said.