It has been a rough start to the year for the UK in terms of storms and floods. Unfortunately, it does not look like it is going to get better any time next week. Forecasters in Britain have already suggested that Britain will see huge waves, gale force winds, tons of rain and more flooding. They report that winds will be reaching speeds of up to 80 mph across parts of Wales and southern England. These strong winds are expected to cause more travel disruption and cut power to thousands of Brits. Winds of this strength are also likely to cause a lot of property damage.
Certain areas of Britain, such as West Country, are already completely cut off from transportation such as rail. This is due to flooding near Atelney and Bridgewater and a landslide in Somerset. These events have blocked off the rails and made it impossible for trains to get in or out of West Country.
In Cornwall, things are looking pretty bad. A few days ago, a huge wave destroyed an 80-meter stretch of sea wall. As a result, a huge section of rail that was connecting to Cornwall is underwater. This is making travel in and out of this area extremely difficult.
As a result of these storms, the Environment Agency has issued well over 500 flood warnings in the UK. Two of these warnings and alerts pose a threat to life, and people have been asked to leave the area.
The chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Paul Gundersen, said that another Atlantic storm is going to bring gale-force winds and downpours of rain to many parts of the UK. These storms are expected to let up a little bit on Monday. However, this is just a brief break in the storm. Look for more high-power winds and rain on Tuesday. The rain that hits parts of the UK on Tuesday will bring even more flood warnings and damaging winds. It is a good possibility that these winds will bring down trees in certain areas, which may bring down some power lines. Some residents may be without power come Tuesday night.
Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, is already in the process of ordering an audit of flood defences. He said that the UK government is going to continue to make every kind of preparation that it can before the severe weather hits on Tuesday. He wants to go ahead and pay tribute to all of the people in the UK who have rallied and come together in this time of need. He also wants to ensure everyone in the country that they are doing everything that is humanly possible to protect the communities that have already been affected by these huge storms. More work is being done to continue offering these services because there is a good chance that it will be needed in the days to come.