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Storm batters country but expected to weaken

National News // Feb. 11, 2020

High winds are expected again this morning – but forecasters say the storm will start to weaken during the course of the day.

Pixabay Storm batters country but expected to weaken

Overnight gusts have been recorded at more than 200 kph in the mountains and up to 90 kph on the plain.

Some schools have decided to close again today – many others say parents should make a decision on whether to go outside.

There’s been overnight autoroute closures due to fallen trees and debris.

A driver was killed yesterday afternoon in canton Fribourg after a car collided with a truck. Police believe the vehicle had been blown across lanes due to the wind.

In canton Uri a forest fire was triggered after powerlines shorted and exploded.

During the storm yesterday police and fire crews handled thousands of calls across the country as winds damaged buildings and blew debris onto road and rail links.

In Zurich two people were injured as they tried to recover a marquee and another injured in Lucerne after a metal door slammed on him.

Several flights were canceled or diverted from Geneva and Zurich airports yesterday. A Swiss flight from Manchester to Zurich had to divert to Milan. Those passengers hope to be able to return to Zurich later today.

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