Europe: Hundreds of flights, train services hit by Storm Ciara


GUWAHATI: Hundreds of flights and train services were cancelled across northwest Europe on Monday as Storm Ciara swept in packing powerful winds after lashing Britain and Ireland, where tens of thousands of homes were left without power. Britain, which bore the brunt of the storm Sunday with widespread flooding across the north, remained on alert with the Meteorological Office warning of strong winds, heavy rain and snow.

Swathes of northern France were put on orange alert and 130,000 homes had electricity cut off amid fears of coastal storm surges.

Meteo-France noted wind speeds of 130 kilometers per hour along the coast and predicted highs of 200 kph (120 miles).

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