Flights axed and floods feared as Storm Ciara clobbers Europe

Wednesday, 12 Feb, 2020

A video has emerged of a passenger jet rocking in the strong winds from Storm Ciara as it struggles to land at Manchester airport amidst the chaotic weather.

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled, while roads and bridges have been closed as the worst storm in seven years barrelled towards the United Kingdom, a media report said on Sunday.

With howling winds and driving rain, forecasters said Ciara would also hit France, Belgium and Switzerland.

Meanwhile, a plane aborted landing at London's Heathrow airport after hurricane-force winds prevented pilots from making a safe touch down.

Storm Ciara will bring damaging winds and heavy rain across the United Kingdom this weekend and we have issued a range of severe weather warnings giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

A status yellow rainfall warning also comes into effect from 12-3pm this afternoon, with a spell of heavy rain expected, highest in the west and northwest.

WEST Berkshire is feeling the impact of Storm Ciara with strong gusts impacting travel and power.

After Storm Ciara battered the country, a wind and snow warning is in place until midnight tonight, followed by a snow and ice warning lasting until midday tomorrow.

More than 20,000 homes spent the weekend without power, while flood warnings remain in place across the country.

Further unsettled weather is expected this weekend.

The storm, named "Ciara" in the United Kingdom, is expected to hit Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany.

It added: 'We are sorry for the disruption to your travel plans and are doing all we can to get you to your destination as quickly as we can'.

High winds were already causing travel disruption in Scotland, with several bridges closed to high-sided vehicles and ferry passengers facing disruption.

In London, organisers cancelled a 10km race in which 25,000 runners were due to take part, while major parks were set to close.