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First Storm Dudley, then Storm Eunice and now Storm Franklin

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After the travel ban in the UK eased, people were very excited to visit places either in the UK or in other countries. Starting from 16th February however, a series of storms was about to mar those plans and bring chaos to the daily lives of the UK citizens.

Storm Dudley was the first storm to occur. The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning for wind. A yellow weather warning is the lowest out of the three warnings and it means that people can carry out their normal activities, but some may get affected. The areas that were affected by the 90mph winds were northern and central England, southern and central Scotland, and some parts of Wales. Along with these winds, there has been heavy rain as well. For around 14,000 people in the North and hundreds in Scotland, Ireland, and East England, there have been power cuts due to bad weather conditions. Even the transport systems have been impacted, such as the East Midlands Railway(EMR), London North Eastern Railway, and the ferries in Scotland too.

Storm Eunice was the second to hit England. This made a bigger impact than the previous, as an amber warning was issued by the Met Office. An amber warning is more severe than a yellow warning. Storm Eunice reached a wind speed of 122 mph with heavy rain and especially affected the areas of northern England and Scotland. The storm brought nine casualties as well, mainly due to falling trees and flying debris. It even destroyed the roof of the O2 arena and brought about damages to many buildings and houses. Even more people, 1.4m to be exact, experienced power outages. Due to the falling trees and debris, railway lines have also been interrupted.

Storm Franklin arrived in the UK on Sunday. The Met Office issued “danger to life” warnings as Storm Franklin brought about flooding and high wind speeds of 87 mph. People were urged to avoid travel as much as possible due to the gale-like winds and heavy rains that had disrupted the transport system. The areas of East England especially, have been hit hard, along with the other previously-hit areas of Northern England and Scotland.

Written by: jaimmynanayakkara@yahoo.com

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