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Europe Weather Alert

Updated on 09 February 2020

The Situation:

Severe storm, Sabine, is moving in from the North Sea, is expected to impact much of central Europe, 9-11 February 2020. Weather experts have issued red warnings in much of Germany, Czechia, and Switzerland for winds and persistent rain.

Additional yellow and orange warnings for wind and rain have been issued in the rest of Central Europe, including France, Belgium and Italy.

Continuous rain, hurricane force winds, and hail greatly increases the potential for flooding, downed trees, and landslides. Related transportation disruptions, hazardous driving conditions and power outages are expected. Germany based flight services and rail services have already warned of delays and cancellations over the coming days.

Possible Effects:

  • Cancelled, delayed, or rerouted flights

  • Downed trees, hindering rescue/recovery efforts

  • Flooding in low-laying areas

  • Possible landslides

  • Traffic delays

  • Power outages in homes and places of work

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Monitor local news and weather media for updates

  • Heed any evacuation orders

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Avoid traveling through flooded areas

  • Keep extra bottled water in lodging

  • Keep electronics charged and maintain contact throughout the remainder of the trip

  • Check with airline for possible flight delays or cancellations

  • Make alternate travel arrangements as you see fit

  • Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS™ gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS™ (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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