Brits wake up to flooding chaos as Storm Bella lashes UK with 106mph winds
Many Brits have awoken to dramatic scenes of flooding after Storm Bella swept into the UK, tearing down trees and cutting power to homes.
Two ‘danger to life’ flood warnings are in force this morning in Cogenhoe, South Northamptonshire, and along a section of the River Nene in the east of England.
A further 98 flood warnings have been issued for the rest of the country, meaning immediate action in these areas is required.
It comes as Storm Bella lashed the country with strong winds, with 106mph gusts recorded in the Isle of Wight in the early hours of this morning.
Dramatic pictures show flooding in Worcestershire, Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire this morning.
South Western Railway warned that downpours had flooded the line between Bournemouth and Southampton, causing delays and cancellations this morning.
Strong winds blew a range of obstacles onto rail lines, including a trampoline on the tracks between East London and Kent this morning.
Gusts also downed trees over the Hastings railway line and contributed to a ‘risk of delays’ for Channel crossings from Dover and Calais.
Homes across the UK lost power last night, with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks confirming it had managed to restore electricity to around 48,500 properties since 9pm yesterday.
SSEN is now focusing on returning power to the 4,500 properties still in darkness this morning.
Homes were flooded in Cirencester, Glos, yesterday, where some elderly residents were left without electricity or heating for more than 12 hours.
Cotswold District Council provided sandbags to locals and was in contact with families who had been affected and face suffering more upheaval.
The West Country and south Wales were first in the firing line as the huge Atlantic storm barrelled into Britain.
More than 100 homes were without power last night in Plymouth and Truro, in Cornwall, and 50 were blacked out in Bristol and Bath.
Another 110 were hit in Cardiff, more than 50 in the Swansea area, nearly 150 homes around Telford and a further 116 near Nottingham.
Power board engineers were working in ‘rapidly deteriorating’ conditions to find and fix the faults in the face of heavy rain and strong winds.
A Met Office amber weather warning for wind is still in force across the southern coast of England and much of Wales this morning as Storm Bella ravages the UK.
A warning for downpours is also active in the south-east this morning, with forecasters predicting more than one-and-a-half inches of rain in some areas.
Residents in parts of Bedfordshire were urged to leave their homes amid a risk to life as heavy rain has brought widespread flooding around around the country, with people rescued from vehicles and others evacuated from their homes.
Courtesy of mirror.co.uk
Landslide knocks north Taiwan railway line out for 4 days
Rocks fallen on the railway line between Taipei City and the east coast might take four days to be removed, Transportation Minister Lin Chia-long (林佳龍) said Friday (Dec. 4).
Days of heavy rain are believed to have caused the landslide, which came one day after the fallout from a previous landslip was cleared. The latest rockslide occurred between Ruifang and Houtong in New Taipei City, CNA reported.
The area houses several popular tourist attractions, including a goldmine museum, the cat-friendly village of Houtong, the mountain town of Jiufen, rivers and hiking trails. The railway line also connects Taipei City with the northeastern coastal county of Yilan and the east coast beyond.
Nobody was injured during the landslide, but as damage occurred over an area of 3,800 square meters, it will take three days to remove all the rocks and mud, with one additional day necessary to repair tracks and cables, the minister wrote on his Facebook page.
The disaster caused travel problems for an estimated 20,000 passengers on Friday alone, CNA reported. Trains heading to the area from the west coast and from Taipei had to turn back at Ruifang.
Meanwhile, those coming up the East Coast from Taitung, Hualien and Yilan did not ride further than Houtong, Lin said. The interruption in services caused long lines at Hualien station for travelers wanting to cancel their train trips and buy bus tickets instead.
With the weekend ahead, the minister added he was asking bus companies to rearrange their routes and schedules to try and make up for the temporary loss of the railway line. At least one domestic airline said it would increase the frequency of its flights between Taipei and Taitung.
Courtesy of taiwannews.com.tw