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UK weather warning
« on: Thursday, 02 January, 2014 @ 18:55:20 »
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Britain will be battered by a fresh wave of "exceptional weather", with gale-force winds and driving rain creating a risk of widespread flooding, the environment secretary has warned.

Owen Paterson said after a meeting of the government's Cobra committee on Thursday that emergency agencies and power companies were on high alert for further storms.

Meanwhile the Environment Agency said it was preparing to issue severe weather warnings – meaning there is a threat to life and property – for coastal areas at risk of flooding.

Large swaths of the British coastline, stretching from the Isles of Scilly to Wales and Scotland, are at risk of severe flooding, forecasters warned, as a further storm front sweeps in from the Atlantic on Friday and again on Sunday.

The Environment Agency said the flood risk will extend along the UK coastline from north-west England, through Wales and south-west and southern England. Areas particularly at risk include the Isles of Scilly, the north and south coasts of Devon and Cornwall, Dorset and the coastline of Wales.

Severe flood warnings were issued for the coast of Cornwall and Devon on Thursday afternoon, with 65mph winds stirring up waves up to nine metres high in some places.

Flood warnings are also in place in the Midlands, north-west, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as 229 less-serious flood alerts covering most of the UK.

The bigger concern for emergency services are gale-force winds, forecast at up to 60mph (100km/h) in western and southern England on Friday and even reaching 50mph inland, including London.

The weather warnings come after two people died after being swept out to sea by powerful waves off the south coast on New Year's Eve.

The search for a 27-year-old man swept out to sea on New Year's Eve was called off after a body was found on Thursday morning. The man, from Surrey, was swept out to sea by a powerful wave at 1am on Wednesday while celebrating the new year on the beach with his friends.

A woman died in the surf in Croyde, north Devon on New Year's Eve, after going swimming in the sea while on holiday with her family.
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/02/uk-braced-further-floods-storms-atlantic

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #1 on: Friday, 03 January, 2014 @ 13:30:41 »
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Homes evacuated as storm surge hits UK with 30ft waves expected
Residents in coastal areas evacuated from their homes as high winds and high tides hit England and Wales

The Environment Agency has issued 21 of its most serious flood warnings advising of flooding and a risk to life across Wales and England.

A combination of gales gusting up to 70 miles per hour, along with high spring tides, sent dangerous storm surges into coastal areas from the early hours of Friday.

People were warned to stay away from beaches, promenades and coastal paths in parts of Wales and southern and western England.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10548343/Homes-evacuated-as-storm-surge-hits-UK-with-30ft-waves-expected.html
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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #2 on: Saturday, 04 January, 2014 @ 13:29:48 »
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A man was pulled from the sea early on Saturday after ignoring warnings about the fierce storms battering Britain.

The man had to be rescued after going for a swim around 3am at Newquay, north Cornwall. He was dragged from the water and taken to hospital.

Police sergeant Reggie Butler said: “Another minute or 30 seconds and he would have been washed out to sea and the situation could have been tragic. We were not going to go into the water unless an opportunity presented itself and it was safe to do so. Fortunately for the male it did present itself.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10550592/Man-rescued-from-raging-sea-as-storms-lash-Britain.html

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #3 on: Monday, 06 January, 2014 @ 15:54:16 »
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UK weather: Torrential rain and flooding continues as 'Winter Storm Hercules' heads over from US to add to Britain's woes
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-torrential-rain-and-flooding-continues-as-winter-storm-hercules-heads-over-from-us-to-add-to-britains-
woes-9040902.html


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This video shows the strength of the storms hitting the UK - a spectacular view of the 30 foot waves which struck at Porthleven in Cornwall.



Latest update from the Environment Agency: one severe flood warning, 106 flood warnings, 218 flood alerts. For more flooding information from the EA, click here.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10553028/UK-weather-warning-live.html
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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #4 on: Thursday, 09 January, 2014 @ 12:54:59 »
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Weather: winter proper is finally on its way with snow and ice
The storms which have lashed Britain are letting up, to be replaced by wintry conditions and the possibility of snow and ice
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10558939/Weather-winter-proper-is-finally-on-its-way-with-snow-and-ice.html

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #5 on: Thursday, 09 January, 2014 @ 19:44:46 »
Thanks Maik, just what I wanted to know....  :oki:

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #6 on: Sunday, 26 January, 2014 @ 14:16:00 »
This should cheer you up, Tony:

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UK weather: flood warnings as further heavy rain expected to lash Britain
Met Office issues warning of severe weather for the south west and the Environment Agency issues more than 100 flood alerts and 10 more serious flood warnings
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10597730/UK-weather-flood-warnings-as-further-heavy-rain-expected-to-lash-Britain.html

...or maybe you'll look forward to your holidays!  :beach:

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #7 on: Sunday, 26 January, 2014 @ 19:30:39 »
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UK weather: Tornado ‘lifts cats into air’ as storms and rain sweep across country, bringing further risk of flooding

“We've got four feral cats in the yard and they were being lifted off the ground, they just went round like a big paper bag.” Ms Blay added that none of the people or animals involved were injured during the storm.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-tornado-lifts-cats-into-air-as-storms-and-rain-sweep-across-country-bringing-further-risk-of-flooding-9086092.html

 :oki:
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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #8 on: Monday, 27 January, 2014 @ 00:00:43 »
Actually it's not been as bad here today as forecasted.  Most of the rain was yesterday - but a nippy wind today.  Kath got me a cheapo radio controlled weather station from Aldi for Crimbo, made by Ascot.  Does internal and external temp and humidity, atmospheric pressure and trend, and phases of the moon plus a very rough and ready weather "forecast".  Radio controlled clock from Frankfurt but gives UK time exactly. No PC interface for under £20 - or under 100 from what I can see.  Think the offer from Aldi is now closed.

It's brilliant but Kath now fed up as I'm telling her the details all the time.   :)

Tony

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #9 on: Monday, 27 January, 2014 @ 01:58:06 »
Actually it's not been as bad here today as forecasted.  Most of the rain was yesterday - but a nippy wind today.  Kath got me a cheapo radio controlled weather station from Aldi for Crimbo, made by Ascot.  Does internal and external temp and humidity, atmospheric pressure and trend, and phases of the moon plus a very rough and ready weather "forecast".  Radio controlled clock from Frankfurt but gives UK time exactly. No PC interface for under £20 - or under 100 from what I can see.  Think the offer from Aldi is now closed.

It's brilliant but Kath now fed up as I'm telling her the details all the time.   :)

Tony

I bought one of those in Aldi about 4 years ago. It is still working and it has usually been surprisingly accurate!
It is currently forecasting some snow for tonight, but I think (hope) that might not occur.
The only problem I have had with the unit is the outdoor sensor now chews up AA batteries. They used to last 12 months but now only manage about 3½ weeks.

The barometric pressure sensor, temp & humidity have always been very accurate.

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #10 on: Monday, 27 January, 2014 @ 15:20:36 »
Keep hoping, Phil!

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First snow of winter hits south of England
Forecasters warn temperatures will drop to below freezing this week as snow is expected across much of the UK by Wednesday
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10598611/First-snow-of-winter-hits-south-of-England.html

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #11 on: Saturday, 01 February, 2014 @ 15:52:45 »
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UK weather: Lives at risk as more floods hit Britain, Environment Agency warns
The Environment Agency has issued nine of the most serious 'danger to life' warnings and more than 200 flood alerts as rain and gales are set to batter Britain
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10610911/UK-weather-Lives-at-risk-as-more-floods-hit-Britain-Environment-Agency-warns.html

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday, 05 February, 2014 @ 13:02:36 »
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Thousands of homes in south-west England, Wales and Ireland are without power and transport networks are in chaos today after the country was battered by 80mph winds and heavy rain overnight.

Western Power Distribution said around 44,000 customers had been affected since Tuesday afternoon and a remaining 5,000 homes were still without power, despite staff working through the night.

Most of the outages were caused by "airborne debris" that had hit overhead power lines a company spokesman said.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-thousands-of-homes-left-without-power-as-southwest-takes-a-pasting-from-storm-9108407.html

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Re: UK weather warning
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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #14 on: Friday, 07 February, 2014 @ 18:26:37 »
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Penguins given antidepressants to cope with the British weather
The South-American birds have been made miserable by the endless rain
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/penguins-given-antidepressants-to-cope-with-the-british-weather-9114953.html

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« Reply #15 on: Friday, 07 February, 2014 @ 19:33:05 »
Sounds like the penguins need a pick-me-up

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UK weather: Worst is yet to come as Atlantic storm Ruth to batter Britain this weekend bringing 80mph winds and 35ft waves

Forecasters warn of an 'absolute monster' as Met office says UK will be 'engulfed' by rain as worst of a 'conveyor belt of storms' set to hit the country
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-worst-is-yet-to-come-as-atlantic-storm-ruth-to-batter-britain-this-weekend-bringing-80mph-winds-and-35ft-waves-9114278.html

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #16 on: Monday, 10 February, 2014 @ 03:01:30 »
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UK weather: flooding crisis set to deepen
Fourteen new severe warnings are issued along Thames Valley, indicating threat to life
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10627606/UK-weather-flooding-crisis-set-to-deepen.html

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« Reply #17 on: Monday, 10 February, 2014 @ 21:57:30 »
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Flood-hit Wraysbury targeted by looters
Residents in Wraysbury in Berkshire are pleading for help from the police and army to stop the looting
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10628835/Flood-hit-Wraysbury-targeted-by-looters.html

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #18 on: Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 @ 14:25:01 »
Torrential rain followed by heavy snow! Not settled down with us but the peaks look a bit like Sochi. Hubbie just returned from shops seen a car with 4 inches on top. Occupants reckon they have 8 inches where they come from? Just when we thought of a trip out maybe stop in and watch somebody elses snow on the Winter Olympics!!

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #19 on: Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 @ 17:14:54 »
We've been very lucky in the NW (so far!) - until recently we've been the highest area for rainfall.  But it has definitely been very wet!

Tony

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« Reply #20 on: Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 @ 20:24:55 »
Like you TonyKath we feel very lucky as we live halfway up a hill, however while driving to my daughters yesterday who lives just 5 miles away couldent get over the flooded fields and the roads in several small hamlets completely  covered in water and impassable, heartbreaking!

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #21 on: Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 @ 03:04:22 »
Sounds as though the government is now taking it more seriously:

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UK floods: 'Money is no object' to end misery, says David Cameron
David Cameron announces national emergency and promises to spend whatever is necessary as flooding worsens across southern England

David Cameron said on Tuesday that “money is no object” as he declared the floods were a national emergency and staked his personal authority on rebuilding damaged regions and making them more resilient to extreme weather.

 Mr Cameron spoke as:

-- Scientists warned that it may take until May for the flood waters to subside;

-- The number of people evacuated from their homes rose to 1,000;

-- Oxford University confirmed that the country was enduring its wettest winter for 250 years;

-- Snow caused travel problems in the Midlands;

-- Network Rail said it could take months before train timetables, badly hit by flooding in the South, are back to normal.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10632181/UK-floods-Money-is-no-object-to-end-misery-says-David-Cameron.html

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« Reply #22 on: Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 @ 09:33:45 »
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Parts of the UK are again facing flooding as forecasters warn a further band of stormy weather later could mean the "strongest" winds of the winter.

BBC weather forecaster Laura Gilchrist said winds could exceed 100mph around the coast of west Wales.

Gales could be the most "strongest and disruptive" of the winter so far, she added.

The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" warning of wind on Wednesday as well as yellow "be aware" snow, wind and rain warnings.

The warning for snow covers northern and western parts of the UK - but not the South West - mostly until mid-morning Wednesday.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26148379

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« Reply #23 on: Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 @ 12:27:16 »
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No 'blank cheque' for flooding relief, Cabinet minister says

There is no “blank cheque” for the flood relief effort, Patrick McLoughlin has said, appearing to contradict claims by the Prime Minister that money is “no object” as Britain continues to battle extreme weather.

The Transport Secretary said that the Government would “use every resource” but refused to say that new money will be made available.

His comments come just hours after David Cameron insisted that “whatever money is needed [for flood relief] will be spent”.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10632633/No-blank-cheque-for-flooding-relief-Cabinet-minister-says.html

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« Reply #24 on: Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 @ 12:59:55 »
Red Warnings now in force 100 miles an hour winds possible v heavy rain and snow. Hold tight folks could get very hairy!!!Hope everyone keeps safe.