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10 Feb 2020 | 05:49 AM UTC

Switzerland: Storm Ciara hits nationwide with gale-force winds February 9-10

Storm Ciara hits nationwide with winds up to 140 kph (87 mph) February 9-10; heavy rain, storm surge, and lingering associated disruptions expected



In the evening (local time) on Sunday, February 9, Storm Ciara (Sabine) hit Switzerland and will continue through Monday, February 10. Dangerous winds up to 140 kph (87 mph) and heavy rain are expected, with extreme danger (red) warnings issued through much of the northern half of the country. Less severe orange alerts have also been issued for southern regions. Winds are expected to reach hurricane levels in mountainous areas.

Several flights to and from Geneva Airport (GNV), EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (BSL), and Zurich Airport (ZRH) have been canceled, and schools have been closed on Monday.

Further transportation disruptions, including flight and train delays and cancelations, are to be expected over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by the storm are advised to monitor local weather reports, prepare for winter weather, and anticipate transportation disruptions, including flight delays and adverse driving conditions, and power outages.