Significant Disruptions Across Northern Europe

Feb 11, 2020

As of 10 February 2020, severe winter weather associated with Storm Ciara has caused significant disruptions across northern Europe. Wind gusts of up to 145 kph (90 mph) have been recorded across the region. In the U.K., the Met Office issued 250 emergency flood warnings and 183 flood watch alerts, as the country experienced significant rain and snowfall. Over 324,000 businesses and residences experienced power outages during the storm. Transportation disruptions continue across the country due to flooding and debris on railways and roads. Flights also continue to be disrupted at London Heathrow Airport (EGLL/LHR), as hundreds of flights were canceled or temporarily grounded due to the storm.

Mainland Europe — including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden — has also experienced severe weather and significant transportation disruptions. In Germany, Storm Ciara — locally referred to as “Sabine” — disrupted hundreds of flights to cities across the country, including Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich. Officials at Luxembourg Airport (ELLX/LUX) also canceled most flights during the morning of 10 February. Additionally, the Øresund Bridge connecting Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmö, Sweden, was closed due to the high winds.

Thousands of people remain without power and transportation services continue to be affected as the storm continues across the continent. Travelers should check road conditions and the status of their flights before traveling to airports, as further disruptions due to weather conditions remain probable. Severe winter weather conditions are expected to continue across the region until at least 13 February.

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