Hurricanes move across Western Europe

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The weather service Météo France reports that storm waves could cause flooding throughout the entire French Atlantic coast, the north coast, and the eastern Mediterranean coast until the evening. However, the strongest winds caused by hurricane “Emir,” known internationally as “Ciaràn,” should be over in France by mid-morning.

High wind speeds were expected in the UK by mid-morning in the counties of Cornwall and Devon. “Emir” is expected to rage along the southeast coast from Hampshire to Kent and Essex into the evening. The British weather service Met Office warned of danger to life from flying debris and falling trees.

In Hampshire, a major incident was declared by several ferry companies overnight. Several ferry companies had cancelled their services in the English Channel for Thursday. Flooding was expected along the coast. The British Coast Guard warned people not to stay near the shore. On the Channel Island of Jersey, the weather service warned Thursday night of wind gusts that could reach speeds of nearly 160 kilometres per hour in the early morning.

Train traffic stopped
In France, train traffic in Brittany, Normandy, Pays de Loire, Hauts de France and Centre Val de Loire was suspended mainly for Thursday. In three particularly hard-hit departments, Transport Minister Clément Beaune called on people not to use their cars. Trucks were also initially not allowed to drive. Partly lowered maximum speeds should apply in road traffic. Municipalities had still reinforced dams and erected additional barricades near the coast on Wednesday.
In several places in France, according to media reports, there were power outages during the night, and trees fell. In the western department of Finistère, one person was slightly injured in a traffic accident. There were several firefighting operations. At Nantes airport, flights could not land due to the weather and were diverted south to Toulouse.

Where the stormy low still arrives
Other countries are also likely to feel low on Thursday. Large parts of the Netherlands were warned of the storm. The Meteorological Institute expects gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour on Thursday, especially on the coasts. The automobile club ANWB appealed to people to work at home on Thursday if possible. Extremely long traffic jams were expected because of the strong winds and heavy rain.

In Belgium, parks and other wooded areas are to remain closed in some places as a precaution. According to the railroads, no train will run between France and Belgium on Thursday. According to the information, there will also be no trains running between Bruges and the North Sea coast, and speed limits will apply to other trains. According to forecasts by the Royal Meteorological Institute, wind gusts between 80 and 90 km/h are expected in Belgium in the east and 100 to 110 km/h in the west.

Germany is also expected to feel something from the low, but only significantly weakened. The German Weather Service expects gusts of a maximum of 85 kilometres per hour, especially at higher altitudes and on the North Sea coast, on the Brocken in the Harz mountains, up to 100 kilometres per hour.

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