Britain and Ireland — where the storm is named Ciara — were hit by heavy rain Sunday morning as a strong winter storm began making its way across northern Europe. In Scotland, the roof of a pub collapsed under the downpour, injuring three. Authorities warned that the Storm Sabine, which approached from the Atlantic Ocean, would bring hurricane-strength winds of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour, heavy rain and thunderstorms to parts of the continent. The German Meteorological Service (DWD) said Sabine was expected to batter the country’s northwest from mid-morning Sunday, and then gradually travel south across central Germany towards Bavaria. “Overnight into Monday morning the storm will reach southern Germany,” Jens Hoffmann, meteorologist at the German Weather Service, told DW. “We expect that there will be heavy gusts of wind in the lowlands, or even hurricane-strength gusts in the low mountain ranges and also in the Alps.” He added that the storm shouldn’t be underestimated, and that people should avoid traveling and going outdoors. “Looking at Sabine’s structure, it’s a remarkable storm,” he said. “We mustn’t forget that this is a longer-lasting event. You can’t think: ’It’s Monday morning, the front has passed.’ That’s not right — it’ll continue.” Read more: Germany among top three… Read full this story
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