It all started on Friday, Jan. 9, for many people in Britain. Bad weather brought gale-force winds to many parts of the country. While some places have seen record breaking winds already, meteorologists warn that there may still be more to come.
In Scotland, gale-force winds reached speeds of faster than 113mph. This not only delayed travel across Scotland but also knocked out power for many homes. Around 40,000 homes in Scotland alone were without power, some for 24 hours, as of Saturday afternoon. Power companies said that they couldn’t get the power turned back on in some areas until the winds died down. If the strong winds weren’t bad enough, meteorologists warned that a storm would bring plenty of ice and snow throughout the weekend and into the start of this week.
On Saturday morning, the Scottish Government’s resilience team went assessed the different challenges caused by the storm. The government has also been working with the British Red Cross, which has been supporting power companies. The British Red Cross said that the main thing that they want to do right now is get power back on for as many people as possible. They are finding out what the power companies need to make that happen.
For the people who don’t have power, the British Red Cross is taking them food when possible. The organization says that generators are being delivered to the homes that have been out of power the longest.
Reports from England have confirmed that strong winds caused many people to become lost at sea. Two men got into trouble on the water when the severe weather started on Friday. Rescue crews are looking for the two men on Saturday, but their efforts were hampered by the strong wind.
Many carriageways across England were blocked off. In some cases, blockages were caused by lorries that were blown over by gale-force winds. Engineers were working to get the carriageways cleared and said that the treacherous conditions seem to just be getting worse. The strong wind was making efforts to get things running again a real chore.
The areas that were worst hit include Wick, the Western Isles, Skye, Shetland, Perth, Oban, Fort William, Dunoon, Dingwall and Buchan. East Sussex reported that around 1,000 people in Crowborough lost power after a tree fell onto some power lines. Thankfully, this was a problem that was easily fixed.