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STORM CIARA hits UK, Floods and winds of up to 100mph

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Heavy rain and gusts of wind reaching more than 90mph brought widespread flooding and travel disruption as Storm Ciara hit the UK.

Trees were toppled, buildings were damaged and some homes had to be evacuated as rivers burst their banks.

Thousands of people were left without electricity and sporting events were cancelled due to the weather.

Airlines also cancelled hundreds of flights, while several rail firms urged passengers not to travel.

Ferry passengers also faced delays and cancellations, and drivers were warned to take extra care.

Large parts of the UK were covered by an amber warning for very strong winds, with the Met Office advising that large waves in coastal areas and flying debris could cause injuries.

Sporting events called off because of the adverse weather included Manchester City’s      Premier League match against West Ham.

Energy companies said that 675,000 homes lost power during the storm. As of 21:00 GMT, they said they were working to reconnect 62,000 customers.

One journey was made easier by Storm Ciara, however: a British Airways flight made the fastest subsonic      New York to London flight as it rode a jet stream accelerated by the storm.

How bad is the storm?

The amber warning for wind across much of England and Wales was in place until 21:00 GMT, meaning that damage to buildings, travel disruption and power cuts were expected.

Wales was hit by some of the the strongest winds, with a 93mph gust recorded in Aberdaron, north-west Wales, and 86mph at Capel Curig in Snowdonia.


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