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Thousands Lose Power as Storm Hits UK

Posted by feww on December 19, 2013

EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS

Gale-force winds, rain batter western UK, damaging property, felling trees and cutting power to thousands

Thousands of homes in NW England, SW Wales and Northern Ireland were left without electricity as gale-force winds and rain battered western UK.

Gusts of 145km/h (90mph) were reported in exposed areas of western Scotland and the Western Isles, said BBC.

Multiple flood warnings are in effect in Scotland, Wales and south-west England and an amber warning of severe gales has been issued by the UK Met Office.

Highlights from the report:

  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency flood warnings, indicating “flooding is expected, immediate action required”, are in force for a large part of the west and central  Scotland.
  • At least 25 Environment Agency flood warnings are in effect, as authorities urge  homeowners in Wales, south-west England and north-west England to take action.
  • Northern Ireland Electricity said  more damage to power lines during the night is expected.
  • Officials have warned of a possible tidal surge affecting in the west central Lowlands of Scotland.
  • Two South West Trains hit trees on railroads in southern England.

Northern Ireland Electricity said, “we are expecting the winds to peak in the early hours of the morning causing additional disruption to electricity supplies.”

Several injuries have been reported, at least two people are missing.

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