Powerful storm Ciara has reached the UK, causing massive disruption of land and air traffic, as well as sporadic flooding and property damage. It also sent many light objects flying, causing an online joking storm as well.
The authorities urged citizens to refrain from travel altogether, as heavy rain and extreme winds caused country-wide infrastructure disruption.
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 9, 2020
Although multiple flights across the country were cancelled, some planes, however, braved the weather — and landings in such winds are scary to merely look at, let alone to be inside a struggling aircraft.
— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) February 9, 2020
— Chris Terry (@ChrisTe45671972) February 9, 2020
The storm took its toll on land traffic as well, with fallen trees and flooding disrupting rails and roads.
— Seyi Akiwowo (@seyiakiwowo) February 9, 2020
In certain areas, the storm caused outright deluge, with rivers overflowing and streets getting under water, triggering desperate efforts to keep property dry.
— Cluggy (@cluggy75) February 9, 2020
— Rick. (@rickhopkins83) February 9, 2020
The strong winds have also took down some weak structures — several football stadiums, and even one antique windmill have been battered by the storm.
— Goal (@goal) February 9, 2020
— Amanda Fisher (@chesterfield69) February 9, 2020
The storm has taken a particularly heavy toll on light and loose structures. Many people have had their trampolines gone — while the others had the jumping implements literally falling from the skies into their gardens.
— Miss Snell (@kayleymay) February 9, 2020
Some however, kept all serious about them — for instance, at least two trampolines have landed on rail tracks and disrupted traffic.
⚠️ #StormCiara super-thread. We’ll update this as the day goes on with incidents/advice affecting @Se_Railway / @SouthernRailUK + @TLRailUK until the winds die down.
This is the Chelsfield trampoline as it was at 7am today – it has since been removed! pic.twitter.com/Ei7jYZrCF9
— Network Rail Kent and Sussex (@NetworkRailSE) February 9, 2020
Wheelie bins have been quite vigorous amid the winds as well.
— 10bet (@10betSports) February 9, 2020
The winds also affected many garden fences, especially those that have not exactly been steady.
— Gemma Brown (@MoonHollie13) February 9, 2020
— MJ⚽️FPL🔰 (@marcmmx) February 9, 2020
The trampoline and fence fall caused a wave of online joking, yet people who faced more serious troubles with the weather were not amused.
— Dean (@DeanCoxj) February 9, 2020
— Guffers (@gavmacn) February 9, 2020
This is my town at the moment. Can people get te fuck with their shitty attempts at humour with pictures of garden chairs that have fallen over? Pricks. #StormCiara #Ciarastorm pic.twitter.com/8XdfgufW9u
— Mark Hebden (@unionlib) February 9, 2020
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