Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Storm Eleanor clears, but remaining unsettled

Storm Eleanor may be over but temperatures as low as -6C predicted for North East Everyone is saying the same thing about Storm Eleanor
Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2018, 23:24

Four of the 15 injured people were seriously hurt. France's interior ministry said nine people were hurt.

The mayhem saw major power cuts and floods plus misery for road, rail and ferry users.

Roads became perilous in some areas, with one man injured in Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, when a tree fell on his vehicle, the Welsh Ambulance Service said.

Meanwhile, on Ireland's west coast, homes and businesses suffered flood damage after Eleanor brought heavy rain and winds of up to 155kmh.

"We ask customers in the Gort area who have a mains water supply to conserve their water until the electricity supply is restored and the pumping station is back in full production", said a spokeswoman.

Tens and thousands of people across Europe were affected by the massive Winter Storm Eleanor that swept through several countries on Wednesday.

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Extreme weather events can be very unpredictable and carry very real risks. In Switzerland, the storm led to power cuts and, according to media reports, at least 11 flight cancellations at Zurich and Basel.

Three people died in October when Tropical Storm Ophelia battered every corner of Ireland, bringing down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-meter (30-foot) waves.

Storm Eleanor may be over but temperatures as low as -6C predicted for North East

A status orange weather warning remains in place for Donegal as Storm Eleanor makes her departure from Ireland.

Met Office forecaster, Paul Gundersen, said: "The unsettle theme continues throughout this week, with further spells of rain moving across the United Kingdom from the west as many return to work on Tuesday and there will again be some snow over the high ground in Scotland". Winds were recorded as reaching up to 73 miles per hour in Northolt, northwest London.

Gusts of up to 70mph are expected across Northern England and the amber area now includes the northern edge of the city.

Local meteorological department Met Eireann said that Eleanor, which swept across the country from west and southwest towards northeast since Tuesday evening, has cleared the country, but damaging inland gusts are still likely.

'We have seen some heavy showers push through across the south of the United Kingdom along with hail, loud thunder and lightning, which has woken people up.

Travel will be unsafe and almost impossible, including during the morning commute on Wednesday.

Cambridgeshire police reported a number of incidents of trees blocking roads and urged drivers to be aware.

Due to fears around high winds part of the Dartford Crossing - the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge - was shut at 11pm.

They said: 'We are asking road users to remain vigilant with respect to the possibility of flooding and debris this morning.

Cold front to bring sweater weather back to Central Florida
This is expected to cause localized flooding with water covered roads, especially in low lying and poor drainage areas. Wind chill values could be as low as minus 15 degrees from northwesterly, then southeasterly winds in the afternoon.

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