More than 20,000 people had to go without power the previous night due to Storm Ciara
The Unstoppable and Ruthless Ciara
Nature can be ruthless and unsparing when it comes to wreaking havoc on unsuspecting human beings.
When the devastating Storm Ciara tore through London, thousands of residents scurried for safety.
They did not know if they would survive the fury of nature.
According to reports, gusts measuring 97mph cut a swathe through many cities of the UK on Sunday.
Some areas even experienced a 45-days’ worth of rainfall.
The authorities have issued at least 150 flood warnings in and around the UK.
The most affected of these are Scotland, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Scotland, and Wales.
On Sunday, the UK Government flood warning service had issued a flood warning, indicating “danger to life,” at 3 pm GMT (10 a.m. ET) after the River Irwell in northwest England completely flooded its banks.
Let There be Light
According to UK Power Networks, more than 18,500 properties across the east and southeast of England went without power as of 5 am Monday while Western Power Distribution confirmed that more than 2,800 homes were in the dark.
Airports on High Alert
The first casualty of Storm Ciara has canceled flights across Europe.
Airports around the country have advised travelers to check their flight with their airline due to the bad weather conditions.
British Airways have let it be known that they are trying everything from the full refund to arranging for alternative flight till Thursday so that passengers don’t feel inconvenienced.
Two Busiest Airports Bear the Brunt of Ciara
According to the latest reports, Storm Ciara also forced the hand of several airports, as they canceled hundreds of flights across Europe on Sunday.
Frankfurt airport in Germany and another in Amsterdam, Netherlands had so far grounded more than 100 flights due to the storm.
Meanwhile, according to reports, at least 135 flights were also canceled at Frankfurt Main airport.
Heathrow airports also had to cancel many flights on Sunday.
Interestingly, despite the storm’s reach, Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris has not yet experienced any delays, according to a spokesman.
Motorists asked to Take Precautions
Motorists have been warned to negotiate the roads carefully given the disruption to the road network and tricky driving conditions.
Sporting Events Cancelled
Besides causing travel disruption across the UK, Storm Ciara has led to the cancellation of some major sporting events — including an English Premier League match between the soccer teams Manchester City and West Ham United.