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A major highway in Mozambique has split after two bridges collapsed as a result of heavy flooding that has killed 25 people and displaces tens of thousands in the country, officials say.
Parts of the country are also without electricity after torrential rains knocked down 10 pylons, reports say.
Heavy rains have also devastated neighbouring Malawi, where 48 have been killed about 70,000 have been homeless.
The southern African states have been hit by late summer storms.
The bad weather is expected to continue for several days.
‘Stranded in buses’
On Monday, Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika declared a third of the country a disaster zone and urgently appealed for foreign aid.
In Mozambique, overland travel from the north to the centre and south has become impossible after two bridges collapsed on the EN1 highway, reports the BBC’s Jose Tembe from the capital, Maputo.
There is growing concern for bus passengers stranded on either side of the bridges, he says.
They have been forced to sleep for two nights on the buses and are running out of food, our reporter adds.
The Licungo River is flowing so rapidly that it is impossible to reach them, even by boat, he says.
These are the worst floods on the Licungo since 1971, our correspondent says.
The Zambezi River has also risen beyond flood alert level on its middle and lower stretches, making some roads in the Zambezi basin impassable.
Mozambique’s electricity utility EDM said it would take a week to restore power supply in the north.
Most of the north has been without electricity since Monday when 10 pylons were knocked down, according to Mozambique’s independent television station STV.
The pylons are on the transmission lines carrying power from the Cahora Bassa dam to various parts of Mozambique.
Courtesy of The BBC
Wind Warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick
Mean speeds in excess of 80 km/h with gusts of 130 to 150km/h possible.
The strongest winds will be along exposed coasts and mountainous areas.
Issued: Wednesday 14 January 2015 20:00
Valid:Wednesday 14 January 2015 20:00 to Thursday 15 January 2015 14:00
The weather bomb is fast approaching from the Atlantic and will start to feel it’s force on the Western fringes on Wednesday 14th Jan and will move across the country through Wednesday night into Thursday.
Wind gusts will average between 50 – 80mph, but there is a possibility of 100mph in the more exposed areas.
Much colder conditions will feed in behind this mega storm.
Up to 85,000 homes in Scotland are left without power as heavy winds from an Atlantic jet stream batter parts of Britain.
Hurricane-force winds have brought gusts of around 110mph to Scotland as extreme weather from across the Atlantic reached Britain.
A gust of 113mph was recorded at Stornoway, the strongest there since records began in 1970.
The ferocious gales have been stirred up by an extra-powerful jet stream triggered by plunging temperatures in the US hitting warmer air in the south.
The winds brought down power lines and caused travel disruption.
Sky News’ North of England Correspondent Becky Johnson reported: “A group of salmon farmers in Oban Bay abandoned plans to go out fishing, saying safety had to come before business.
“Many ferries on routes out of Oban were cancelled, with local skipper Brendan McGuckin telling Sky News: ‘Not many passengers would want to travel anyway when the water’s like this.'”
She added: “Businesses round the bay had sandbags lining their doors as waves lapped over the harbour wall at high tide.”
Hundreds of engineers throughout Scotland battled the strong winds to repair power lines as up to 85,000 properties were left without power.
ScotRail suspended some of its rail services “for safety reasons” as Network Rail staff went out to inspect the tracks.
The Forth Road Bridge was closed for some hours when a van blew over and Aberdeen Police said a number of trees had been blown down on Aberdeenshire and Moray roads.
Police in Inverness said several roads and bridges, including the Skye Bridge and Dornoch Bridge, had been closed in northern Scotland and travel conditions in the Highlands and Islands were “hazardous”.
The winds followed Met Office amber warnings for northern and central Scotland, where flood warns were also in place.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland were included in Met Office yellow “be prepared” warnings.
The bad weather led to delays to CrossCountry trains running between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Newcastle, while in Kent a broken-down train at Westgate-On-Sea caused hold-ups to services between Margate and Chatham.
Lashing rain is expected to continue along the west coast and over the weekend as a second storm is predicted to bring more gale-force winds on Saturday.
Forecasters say conditions could rival the weather that battered parts of southern England at the end of 2013.
The current storm brought travel disruption to the Irish Republic with Dublin airport suspending arrivals and departures on Thursday night, and one flight being forced to abort its landing.
Courtesy of Sky News
SCOTLAND’S first storm of 2015 will be fiercer and come sooner than previously forecast, with winds of 100mph or more blasting the north from tomorrow night, the Met Office warned today.
It came as an additional alert for heavy rain and possible flooding across the western half of the country until 8pm today was issued by the agency.
Forecasters upgraded their severe weather warning from yellow to amber – “be prepared” – for 10pm tomorrow until noon on Friday.
It covers the Highlands and Islands north from Mull, apart from Shetland.
The rest of the country north of the southern edge remains on yellow alert – “be aware” – for that period, with wind gusts of up to 70mph.
Northern Scotland is expected to get a second battering on Saturday, with winds gusting up to 90mph.
The Met Office said its current yellow warning for midnight to 6pm on Saturday may also be upgraded to amber.
The Met Office said “significant impacts” were likely from tomorrow night’s storm.
Its spokesman said: “The public should be prepared for the potential for disruption to transport as well as power supplies and the possibility of structural damage.
“Very large waves may also lead to dangerous conditions along some coasts.”
The storm, which had been forecast to arrive at noon on Friday, is being caused by very cold air over the United States combining with 250mph jet stream winds at high altitude – compared to the usual 150mph at this time of year.
The Met Office said: “A vigorous depression is expected to run rapidly east, passing northern Scotland on Thursday night and Friday morning.
“Winds will begin to increase late on Thursday to give a period of very strong westerly winds across the Western Isles, the north and north west of the Scottish mainland and Orkney.
“Gusts of 80 to 90mph are likely quite widely, with a risk of gusts of over 100mph in places.”
The Met Office said the heaviest rain today would be in western and central Scotland, with up to 30mm (1in) falling, and 40mm (1.5in) in hilly areas.
Its spokesman said: “Outbreaks of rain will continue to be heavy at times on Wednesday afternoon and into the early evening.
“There will be a good deal of surface water and spray on roads, with the chance of localised surface water flooding in prone spots.
“The public should be aware of the risk of difficult driving conditions.
“In addition, there is the possibility of minor river flooding in parts of the western Borders.”
The Forth Road Bridge was closed to high vehicles, trailers and motorbikes because of the winds, which reached 47mph by lunchtime.
A further yellow warning – for ice – has been issued for northern Scotland between 1am and noon tomorrow.
Several centimetres of snow may fall on higher-level roads, with slight falls at lower levels.
The Met Office said: “Showers will turn increasingly wintry on high ground overnight and on Thursday morning.
“Clear spells between the showers will allow icy stretches to form.
“The public should be aware of the risk of some difficult driving conditions due to ice, and on some higher routes, local snow cover.”
Courtesy of the Scotsman