Storm Ciara batters UK and Northwest Europe

Hurricane force winds and severe flooding.. storm Ciara has caused widespread damage after lashing the UK and north-west Europe.Wind gusts of 156 kilometers per hour were recorded in the Isle of Wight off England’s south coastWhile residents in North Yorkshire have a significant clean-up ahead… after heavy rainfall inundated villagesVOXPOP”There’s people who are going to be flooded again now, and I really feel sorry for them. We’re up a bit higher so we’re okay, but this is going to be for a few days I think.”The extreme weather left many with travel plans stranded Hundreds of flights were cancelled across northern continental Europe and the UK… Britain’s rail services also fell victimVOXPOPS”I should have got on a train earlier but apparently that was at maximum capacity so I couldn’t get on, so now I’m waiting for next one but apparently it’s been delayed. Apparently the next one is going to be in an hour or so but that’s going to delayed too.”Strong winds in the Belgian capital caused a part of this building’s facade to collapse…While top tier football matches in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and England were called off But it wasn’t all bad news…powerful tailwinds helped a British Airways plane set a record for the fastest flight by a conventional airliner from New York to London.. completing the journey in just under five hours

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