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Storm Sabine hits transport in Germany, heading to Czech Republic

Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 9, 2020
Around 150 flights to and from Frankfurt airport, Germany’s largest hub, were canceled on Sunday as storm Sabine reached Europe’s largest economy, a spokeswoman for airport operator Fraport said.
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The number represents around 13% of the roughly 1,200 departures and arrivals planned in Frankfurt for the day, the spokeswoman said, adding cancellations would increase in the late afternoon when gale-force winds were expected to arrive in the city.

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She said that around 130 of Monday’s scheduled flights had already been canceled, a tenth of the total. Travel was also disrupted in the Netherlands and Britain, where the storm has been named Ciara.

Lufthansa, the country’s largest carrier, said it would cancel short- and long-haul flights from Munich airport on Monday until 1200 GMT and 1300 GMT, respectively.

Long-haul flights to Frankfurt are so far not expected to be effected, the airline said.

In a separate statement, Lufthansa’s budget unit Eurowings said it had suspended flight operations at the airports of Hamburg, Berlin, Hanover, Dortmund, Duesseldorf, Cologne and Stuttgart.

German railway operator Deutsche Bahn also warned of severe disruptions in the northern part of the country, saying that long-distance trains had stopped operating there.

Storm Sabine is expected to hit the Czech Republic today evening with winds of up to 125 km per hour in the mountain regions.

Weather related power outages are expected, especially in the western part of the country.

The wind warning, from 6 pm on Sunday to Tuesday evening, concerns all regions in Bohemia and parts of Moravia and Silesia.

People are advised to limit outdoor activities and secure windows, doors, loose objects, greenhouses, and anything else which may be at risk of damage.