The outbreak of Hurricane “Bara” on the British Isles

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DUBLIN (AP) – Hurricane “Bara” has paralyzed power supplies in parts of Ireland. With wind speeds sometimes exceeding 130 kilometers per hour, 49,000 homes and companies were still cut off from power supply in the afternoon, as announced by the National Directorate for Fire Emergency Management on Tuesday.

There were occasional floods, and frequent falling trees obstructed traffic. The south-west around the city of Cork was particularly affected. Officials there advised against unnecessary travel, people should stay at home and if possible stay away from the coast. Dozens of fishing boats, including those from Germany, sought shelter in the bay. Initially, however, there were no reports of injuries or even deaths.

Even in Great Britain, there were inefficiencies in places due to the “bara”. Trees fell and roads were blocked by snow. It was not until 26 November that Hurricane “Arwen” struck Great Britain. Since then, hundreds of homes in north-east England have no electricity.

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