Storm Ciara continues to batter EuropeChristian Fernsby ▼ | February 11, 2020
The worst of Storm Ciara has abated in parts of central European after near-hurricane winds battered the region from Sunday night into today.
Weather in Europe Scandinavian countries have continued to experience downpours
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The storm has claimed six lives so far, including a 58 year old British man after a tree fell on his car and a mother and daughter in Poland after the roof was ripped off their ski rental shop.
In Ireland, about 14,000 homes and businesses were left without power late into Monday, with winds in the Czech Republic reaching 180 kilometers per hour.
Red level high wave warnings the highest danger level have been issued in southern and western areas of Norway.
On Monday, hundreds of flights between Ireland and the U.K. were affected, with thousands of passengers waiting long periods for airport busses when express trains were canceled after long delays. About 50 flights were aborted Tuesday morning at Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in France.
Flight disruptions continued on Tuesday morning in the Netherlands, with hundreds of cancellations the day before.
As of Tuesday morning, only 12 departments in northern France remained on the second-highest orange weather hazard alert, including the Seine-Maritime, Alpes-Maritime, Corse-du-Sud, and the island of Corsica, according to Meteo-France, France's national meteorological service.
Gusts of up to 130-140 kph off the French Normandy coast and 152 kph in the Vosges in the east of the country have subsided to 80-100 kph.
The worst was felt from Sunday night to today afternoon as sleet pelted Paris in mid-day even as heavy showers continued to hold the area in its grip.
As of Tuesday, storm conditions were still strong over Corsica, with winds recorded at a top speed of 219 kph at the highest elevations. Two fires broke out as a result, affecting 320 hectares. ■