Gusting winds of up to 80mph (130km/h) jeopardized by Storm Ciara forced the cancellation of a service celebrating Galway’s 2020 European Capital of Culture status on Saturday.
Storm Ciara is forecast to continue Ireland through Saturday before going into the UK and northern mainland Europe throughout Sunday, bringing heavy rain in addition to high winds.
In Galway, organizers chose to prevent an occasion indicating the finale of weeklong parties, which 45,000 people were expected to attend.
In a statement on its site, Galway 2020 stated it was”extremely disappointed to declare that the cancellation”, but”weather warnings now in place imply that it’s been deemed dangerous to proceed.”
The storm will even hit on the Belgian coast on Sunday, threatening coastal flood, large hazardous waves and traveling disturbance.