According to the Met Office, Britain is being devastated by strong storms. It says that severely strong winds and flooding have ravished. The stormy weather has caused travel problems not only for the roadways in the UK but for the airline and rail industries as well.
Reports have been rolling in that strong winds have been causing a number of problems in the northern UK. These same reports also show that rising tide levels have caused severe flood warnings in many parts of the country. These rising tides are likely to cause a number of disruptions for the better part of the week. The Met Office said that it will all depend on how quickly the flood waters fall after the storms come to an end.
Britain has been pounded by gale-force winds. In fact, the Met Office said that it has already recorded winds of more than 140 mph across parts of Scotland. These winds have left one person dead. The agency said that the weather is now moving south and is going to threaten the rest of the country.
Severe flood warnings have already been issued by the Environment Agency. It says that these flood warnings are of the highest category. This means that the flood waters have the ability to damage buildings and take human lives. It is asking people to stay away from the coastline as tidewaters continue to rise.
To say that this weather is going to affect travel is an understatement. The government is asking people to avoid all but necessary travel. In fact, official figures have shown that at least one person in Britain is already known to have died as a result of the weather. This is a number that they believe will continue to rise if people do not stay off the roadways.
That being said, the rail and airline industries have also been affected by this severe weather. With winds over 140 mph, planes are not able to take off. Also, with flood warnings of the highest level, most rail companies are not running full schedules.
Most of the major disruptions have been seen in Scotland so far. However, as the storm continues to slowly move south, the Met Office believes that more travel delays will start to pop up. It is recommended that people check with their airlines or rail companies to find out which services have been cancelled and which ones have been delayed.
A spokesman for ScotRail said that some of its routes will gradually resume as the storm passes. That being said, it is not sure how long it will take before it is able to run full services again. These routes will only be open again after the lines have been completely cleared of debris and have been declared safe.