Britain, Ireland hit as Storm Ciara whips over northwest Europe

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Workmen clear up after trees fell on The Meadway as Storm Ciara hits Britain in Tilehurs.

LONDON: Britain and Ireland were lashed by howling winds and inundated with driving rain on Sunday (Feb 9) as Storm Ciara left homes without power, wiped out sports events and disrupted travel around northwestern Europe.

The bad weather also hit France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany throughout Sunday, causing scores of flights to be cancelled.

In Britain, more than 30,000 homes were left without power, largely in eastern England.

The highest wind speed recorded was 150 kilometres per hour at Aberdaron, on the tip of northwest Wales’ Llyn peninsula.

At Wet Sleddale Reservoir in northwest England’s Lake District national park, 151.8 millimetres of rain fell in a 24-hour period.

Rail companies urged passengers not to travel and operated reduced timetables and speed restrictions.

In Perth, central Scotland, three people were injured after part of a pub roof collapsed Saturday.

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