02:23 GMT12 July 2020
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    244 flood alerts and 118 flood warnings remain in effect in England, Scotland and Wales, as the UK struggles to recover from Storm Ciara.

    Hurricane-force winds pounded the UK and northern Europe over the weekend causing a raft of cancelled train journeys, flights and sporting events in the region. Storm Ciara brought with it gale force winds ranging from 150-156 kilometres per hour in northern Wales and the Isle of Wight respectively.

    ​The UK’s Meteorological Office published over 250 flood warnings, with at least 10 rail companies putting out “do not travel” warnings and 20 others telling passengers to expect severe delays. Key rail hubs - London’s Kings Cross and Euston station - were filled with crowds of delayed and frustrated passengers into the night on 9 February.

    Trees fell and thousands of homes found themselves without electricity.

    Social media was awash with pictures and videos of major flooding across the UK including in Aberdeen, Gwydr Castle, Yorkshire, Leeds, and Cumbia.

    ​Over 240 flood alerts and 118  flood warnings remain in effect as of 10 February 2020:

    ​Dozens of flights were cancelled in London, Frankfurt, and Brussels due to strong winds. Ferries also stopped running in the English Channel and sea ports shut down in Dover and Calais due to high waves.

    Sporting events which were either cancelled or called off in the UK include four Women’s Super League matches, Scotland’s Women's Six Nations match against England, Horse Racing in Exeter and Southwell, and the London Winter Run 10k.

    Football matches in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany were also either cancelled or rescheduled.

    The Met Office said that the UK experienced the worst of Storm Ciara by around 9pm local time on 9 February.


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