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Storm Ciara: Emirates cancels flight to London

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Filed on February 9, 2020 | Last updated on February 9, 2020 at 11.20 am
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Nearly 200 flights in and out of Europe have been cancelled or delayed.

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled as Storm Ciara sweeps Europe with winds of up to 80mph.

According to The Independent report, nearly 200 flights in and out of Europe have been cancelled or delayed, including dozens to and from UK airports.

Dubai-based Emirates on Sunday announced that EK 029 to Heathrow Airport has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, the airline said in its website.

Passengers flying to and from the Europe are advised to check the Emirates website for the status of their flights before they travel.

The airline also reminded passengers to update their contact numbers to receive the latest information about their flights.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad announced that one of its flights to London Heathrow had been delayed by two hours.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation. We will delay one flight this afternoon from Abu Dhabi to London by two hours. Safety of guests and crew is our highest priority," Etihad spokesperson said in a statement to Khaleej Times.

Trains, ferries cancelled as hurricane-force winds batter region

Trains, flights and ferries have been cancelled and weather warnings issued across the UK as the storm with hurricane-force winds up to 80 mph (129 kph) battered the region.

At least 10 rail companies in Britain have sent out "do not travel" warnings, and nearly 20 others have told passengers to expect delays as strong winds on Sunday are expected to damage electrical wires and clutter train tracks with broken tree limbs and other debris.

British Airways was offering to rebook customers for domestic and European flights out of Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports. Virgin Airlines cancelled some flights.

Storm Ciara, named by the Met Office national weather agency, was also supposed to bring heavy rains, prompting the agency to issue 22 emergency flood warnings and 149 flood watch alerts.

The Humber Bridge near Hull in northern England restricted traffic due to the high winds, banning high-sided trucks and camper vehicles.

High waves in the Irish Sea forced ferry companies to cancel several trips.

A 10-k run in London that was expected to draw 25,000 runners was also cancelled.

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