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Hurricane-force winds pound UK and Europe, upend travel

Britain Storm
Britain Storm
Posted at 6:29 PM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-09 18:50:24-05

LONDON -- Storm Ciara has battered the U.K. and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains.

The storm on Sunday halted flights and trains and produced heaving seas that closed down ports.

Soccer games, farmers' markets and other events were canceled as millions of people were urged to stay indoors.

The storm brought massive wind gusts, including one clocked at 97 miles per hour on the Isle of White.

In Paris, authorities warned tourists and residents alike to stay indoors.

A flight-tracking website said the winds were so strong a British Airways flight made it from New York to London in record-setting time and arrived 102 minutes early.