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Canaries flights suspended as Saharan sand blankets islands #Sandstorm #CanaryIslands #GranCanaria #Fuerteventura #Lanzarote #Spain

Sandstorm Alert

Spain’s airport operator AENA suspended all flights in and out of Gran Canaria and all flights leaving Tenerife on Saturday evening after a storm carrying clouds of red sand from the Sahara hit the Canaries and severely reduced visibility.

At least 19 flights to Gran Canaria were diverted, a spokeswoman for AENA said. She did not specify which airlines had been affected.

Budget carrier Vueling, a subsidiary of IAG, said some of its services had been hit and advised passengers to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.

Spain’s national weather service warned that winds of up to 120 kph (75 mph) are set to buffet the Canaries until Monday. Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are likely to be the worst hit, the weather service said.

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Heathrow Airport technical outage causing panic among passengers #Heathrow #Airport #TechnicalOutage #Plane #London #UK

Heathrow Airport

As Storm Dennis ploughs on, Heathrow Airport is experiencing problems of its own.

There are currently technical issues at the airport which are causing a lot of confusion.

Departure boards and check in systems at the airport have been impacted, rather than the flights.

It’s meant the airport has had to put a manual contingency plan in place for the time being.

Heathrow have also advised MyLondon that they have deployed additional extra staff and are making additional PA announcements to help direct passengers if they can’t find the information they need on the electronic boards.

A spokesperson from Heathrow said: “We are continuing to experience technical issues which we are currently being resolved.

“We have additional passenger ambassadors being deployed across our terminals to help direct our customers to their gates for departure.

“We apologise for the disruption this is causing our passengers.”

The problems come as this weekend’s terrible weather, caused by Storm Dennis, has led to flights being delayed and cancelled around the UK.

With winds forecast to reach up to 50mph, it’s not safe for many flights to go ahead.

Yet what people are annoyed about is the lack of information they feel Heathrow have provided them with.

One person tweeted: “Heathrow handling agents are a joke. I understand computer/tech/weather problems are beyond control but what is in control is keeping passengers updated.”

“There has been zero info on a delay. Just told to wait at gate. Stop treating us like idiots! We’re already over 1hr late.”

“At Heathrow travelling to Istanbul would a magic carpet be quicker, or do I have to rub a lamp and ask a genie for three wishes,” someone else wrote.

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STORM DENNIS UPDATE: Hundreds of flights cancelled in the UK and army called in ahead of heavy winds and flooding #StormDENNIS #flights #planes #cancellations #army #SevereAlert #FloodAlert #gales #UK

Storm Alert

Warnings are in place across the whole of the UK, while a month’s worth of rainfall is expected in places.

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and the army has been called in as Storm Dennis prepares to hit the UK with strong winds and flooding.

The UK is bracing for disruption as the “perfect storm” approaches, bringing gusts of up to 70mph (113kmph).

The storm could bring a month’s rainfall in one day and some parts of the country could see up to 12cm (4.7in).

More than 230 easyJet flights in and out of the UK have been cancelled due to the weather on Saturday.

British Airways has said most of its flights are scheduled to go ahead as planned, but it is expecting disruption due to strong winds.

As of 9.30am on Saturday, there were 14 flood warnings – meaning people should take immediate action as flooding is expected – and 140 flood alerts, which means flooding is possible.

Forecasters have issued separate weather warnings for rain and wind covering most of the UK until Monday.

This includes amber warnings from midday on Saturday over southern Scotland, northern England, Wales and part of the South West saying that flooding could cause a danger to life.

Troops are being deployed to help with flood preparations in the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire.

The Ministry of Justice has said 75 personnel based in Catterick and 70 reservists from Yorkshire are constructing around 700m of barriers, helping to repair defences and lay down sandbags.

Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift said: “The presence of army officers in Calderdale will be a reassuring sight for the many residents and businesses who are still recovering from Storm Ciara and preparing for Storm Dennis.

“Council staff, partners, volunteers and community groups have worked tirelessly all week and will continue to work around the clock for as long as necessary to help keep people safe and to manage the flood risk.”

A Royal Navy ship is assisting in a search and rescue operation off the coast of Margate, Kent, after a man was reported overboard from a vessel at around 5:41am on Saturday.

It it is not clear if the incident is connected to Storm Dennis.

RNLI lifeboats, a police boat and the coastguard helicopter are assisting with the Navy ship with the search.

The Met Office says Storm Dennis poses a greater risk of widespread flooding than Storm Ciara the weekend before.

The Environment Agency (EA) said this is due to rain falling on already saturated ground.

Power cuts are also expected and there is a good chance train and buses will see cancellations or delays and roads closed.

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Coronavirus Heathrow Airport alert: United Airlines quarantined – ‘Passenger isolated’ #nCoV2019 #COVID19 #coronavirus #uk #wuhan #china #emergency #epidemic #London #HeathrowAirport #plane #UnitedAirlines #quarantine

Breaking News

PASSENGERS travelling from San Francisco to London’s Heathrow airport have been told they are not allowed to leave their aircraft as someone on board is suspected of having coronavirus.

The plane, believed to be United Airlines plane – flight 901, was held at Heathrow Airport this morning after landing at Terminal 2.

The captain then announced that someone on board was suspected to have the virus, formally known as COVID-19, and no one was allowed to leave the plane.

The person has been isolated at the back of the plane, according to passengers on board the aircraft.

One person wrote on Twitter: “United flight 901 from San Francisco being held on apron at Heathrow with a suspected case of coronavirus onboard. We’re being held on the plane as there are seven other flights with suspected cases on board.”

A second person said: Just landed at Heathrow T2 and captain has announced that someone on the plane has suspected #coronavirus. Noone allowed to leave the plane! waiting for doctor confirmation expected either way. Person isolated at the back of the plane.”

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Storm Ciara: Flights cancelled as epic winds cause transport chaos across Britain #StormCiara #SevereAlert #cancellations #flights #uk

Storm Alert

FLIGHTS to and from UK have been cancelled due to growing concerns about Storm Ciara.

Met Office Weather warnings are in place for the whole of the UK on Sunday, ranked at either yellow or the more extreme amber. British Airways are offering flexible rebooking services in anticipation of the effects of the storm. On Saturday evening, the airline’s website wrote: “Like all airlines operating in to and out of the UK tomorrow, we are expecting to be impacted by the adverse weather conditions across parts of the UK on Sunday 9th February.

“We are sorry for the potential disruption to your travel plans and are doing all we can to minimise the effect the poor weather may have on our flights.

“We recognise the uncertainty that the bad weather may be causing customers, and have therefore introduced flexible rebooking options for all customers on domestic and European flights flying to/from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City on Sunday.”

Virgin Atlantic have cancelled 17 flights which are listed on their website.

These are flights with codes VS0020 08FEB20, VS0024 08FEB20, VS0156 08FEB20, VS0007 09FEB20, VS0019 09FEB20, VS0155 09FEB20, VS0010 08FEB20, VS0022 08FEB20, VS0104 08FEB20, VS0012 08FEB20, VS0012 08FEB20, VS0002 08FEB20, VS0045 09FEB20, VS0021 09FEB20, VS0103 09FEB20, VS0011 09FEB20 and VS0001 09FEB20.

Rail operators have urged Britons not to travel with reduced timetable set to be introduced.

Ferry passengers also face disruption.

As per the BBC, Heathrow has announced it has taken a decision with airlines to “consolidate” the Sunday flight schedule.

The Met Office have warned that the debris blown around the wind could pose a danger to life.

Northern Rail has imposed a speed restriction of 50mph on all trains.

Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern and South Western have said Sunday rail tickets will be valid on some Monday services.

It is the third storm of the 2019-20 season after Atiyah and Brendan.

The next will be called Storm Dennis.

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#RedAlert Issued as Severe #Storms, #Flooding and #Blizzards Hits Parts of #Spain

At least a foot of snow covers a driveway, gate and trees in Biar, Alicante. It is several kilometres inland from the coast

At least a foot of snow covers a driveway, gate and trees in Biar, Alicante. It is several kilometres inland from the coast

Spain’s Costa Blanca and Valencian coastline have been pummelled by a vicious storm this morning, shutting Alicante airport, flooding homes and blanketing areas with at least a foot of snow.

Flights to London, Newcastle, Bristol, Edinburgh and other major cities were cancelled as the airport shut for the day, forcing holidaymakers to either travel to a different airport or sit tight until the dangerous weather moved on.

Towering waves have been pictured slamming into the coastline while, in Denia, seawater was filmed gushing through the streets of the city.

Snow drifts have also built up inland as a seven-hour shower in Villena, Valencia, left the city’s 35,000 inhabitants cut off after up to three inch piles of the white stuff blocked roads.

A red alert was issued for Storm Gloria yesterday, before it smashed into the region, warning it would bring heavy rain, snow, up to 75mph winds and waves that could reach eight feet in height.

It is expected to move towards the north-west of Spain tomorrow, with the bad weather unlikely to subside before Wednesday, the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) said.

A 54-year-old Romanian woman died from hypothermia in Gandia, Valencia, following the vicious weather, local media reports. A 44-year-old man also died yesterday when he was run over by a van that lost control in snow-covered Santander, Asturias.

Terrifying footage shows waves sweeping into Denia, Alicante and appearing to surround people trapped in their cars.

The beach in Javea, further down the coast, has been pictured strewn with rubble and bits of wood washed up as the storm battered the headland.

Storefronts were also pictured smashed on the city’s contents, with glass panels and furniture strewn across the pavement outside.

Waves have been filmed rearing up to several feet high before slamming against the coastline in Calpe, Alicante, by the Alicante Meteorological Project.

The river Algar, in the mountains, has also been filmed bursting its banks and gushing over a tourist viewing platform at the Algar waterfall in a torrent of rapidly moving water.

As the storm hammered its way over the Spanish mainland the rain froze, causing a deluge of snow to fall over inland areas in the interior of Valencia and Alicante.

The 35,000 residents of Villen, Valencia, were isolated this morning after a seven-hour snowfall left snow drifts between two and three inches high blocking roads into and out of the town.

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#Indian govt issues ‘RED WARNING’ for #Delhi as capital & adjacent states shiver in ‘extreme #cold’

Red Alert Issued

The government’s meteorological office issued the highest-level warning for the capital as Indians continue to struggle through what has been described as the second coldest December in a century.

The recent “red warning” by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) came as temperatures in Delhi plummeted to 2.8 Celsius (37.04 Fahrenheit) and is likely to drop further. ‘Red’ usually means “extreme weather conditions,”according to the agency.

It warned that “severe cold wave conditions,” dense fog, and hailstorms may hit the capital, but also the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Rajasthan during the last days of 2019.

To make matters worse, the air quality in Delhi was also described as “severe.” Officials predict that low temperatures coupled with high humidity, as well as a lack of surface winds, have led to an accumulation of pollutants.

Worsening weather has caused massive delays for several trains bound for Delhi and flights at the capital’s international airport. Bus lines have also experienced disruptions and traffic jams.

People across India have gathered around bonfires near streets and other public places. To cope with the emergency, local authorities have also made sure that shelters and firewood are provided to the population.

Local media also reports that at least 28 people may have died due to the cold in Uttar Pradesh, which is experiencing the coldest days of December this weekend.

The severe cold wave will last at least two more days, but the weather may improve a little around New Year’s, meteorologists say.

“We are expecting a marginal rise in temperature on December 31 and January 1, and rains from December 31 night, which is likely to relieve severe cold day conditions,” Kuldeep Shrivastava, the head of the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre in Delhi, was quoted by local media as saying.

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Historic Record #Snowfall in #Colorado, #USA

Snow Alert

A mammoth winter storm that struck only Monday evening and buried some parts of Colorado under historic record snowfall began to leave the state Tuesday afternoon. It’s headed towards neighboring Nebraska to inflict its snowy misery on the Cornhusker State.

Colorado weathermen, however, are keeping their eyes on a second snowstorm system expected to arrive Friday. They predict a cold and dry Thanksgiving with lots of snow.

Monday’s winter storm dumped historic snowfall on Boulder and Fort Collins, said local TV station CBS4. Weathermen said many areas along the Front Range experienced the most snow in three years. Among these were the community of Drake with 33 inches of snow; Livermore with 32 inches; and Coal Creek Canyon with 30 inches.

Colorado officials reported the highest snow totals took place in the foothills of Boulder and Larimer Counties where snowfall hit 3 feet in some areas. Denver International Airport (DIA) officially reported 7 inches of snow as of 5:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Hundreds of flights to and from DIA were canceled Tuesday as maintenance crews worked feverishly to clear heavy snow from runways. DIA is the largest airport in North America by total land area and the second largest in the world.

More than 1,100 passengers were forced to spend Monday evening at the airport due to the heavy snowstorm, said airport spokeswoman Alex Renteria. She said airport employees handed out blankets, baby formula and diapers to stranded passengers while restaurants stayed open past their usual closing time to serve those stranded.

DIA reported 475 flights cancelled Tuesday. Airport crews deployed snowplows, sand trucks and 20 other types of equipmenty to clear and keep the runways open on Tuesday.

Oddly, and despite the snowstorm, most ski areas in Colorado have seen less snow than Denver and the Front Range. Local media said there is still plenty of fresh powder on the mountains ahead of Thanksgiving.

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#Snowstorm in central #USA snarls #Thanksgiving travel plans

26.11.2019 Heavy Snow In USA

Photo: REUTERS/Bob Strong

A powerful snowstorm swept across Colorado and into the U.S. Midwest on Tuesday, blocking roads and causing hundreds of flight cancellations that threatened travel plans for many people hoping to fly or drive to Thanksgiving feasts this week.

The storm dumped a foot (30 cm) of snow in parts of Colorado and buffeted the Denver area with wind gusts of 45 miles per hour (72 kph). Nearly 500 flights were canceled and more than 350 delayed at Denver International Airport by Tuesday afternoon.

“We just landed at the Denver Airport! Crazy conditions. Literally 0 visibility,” Amber Kimbrell, a high school science teacher from Huntsville, Alabama, said in a Twitter message. She posted a photo of a runway covered in white.

Some 55 million travelers planned to fly or drive at least 50 miles (80 km) from their homes for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, according to the American Automobile Association, but the snow will likely alter those plans for many.

“Nothing like starting Thanksgiving break with boarding the plane in the snow, sitting on the tarmac for 2 hours,” Jude Matyo-Cepero, a University of Nebraska professor, wrote on Instagram.

By early Tuesday afternoon, the storm was pushing northeast, with parts of northwest Kansas and western Nebraska reporting snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm), coupled with winds of 50 mph (80 kph), the National Weather Service said.

Treacherous conditions forced the closure of eastbound Interstate 70 from east of Denver to the Kansas state line, and Interstate 76 from Denver northeast to the Nebraska state line, the Colorado Department of Transportation said. Officials advised drivers to stay off the roads, with strong winds creating white-out conditions across the region.

Schools and many retailers in the Denver metropolitan area were closed. But grocery stores, already well-stocked ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, were ready for a deluge of customers.

“So far so good. It doesn’t seem to be impacting us much,” Phil Vanderlaan, a cashier at a Safeway store in Denver, said by phone. “Probably later throughout the day it might.”

A stronger storm was expected to hit Northern California and Oregon by Tuesday night, the weather service said, which may drop 1 feet to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) of snow across mountainous areas.

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