Hundreds of homes evacuated in UK’s worst storm as 80 mph storms hit UK with flood warnings

Hundreds of homes will be evacuated today as Britain’s worst storm on record continues with 80 mph storms and ‘life-threatening’ flood warnings.

This is the first time on record that the three named storms have occurred just a few days apart – the unusually ferocious Storm Eunice has claimed the lives of four people and plunged 1.3 million homes into darkness.


Brits brace for new weather woes as Storm Franklin looms1 credit
The Country Is Facing The Worst Storm Ever Named After Eunice Killed Four People And Plunged 1.3 Million Households Into Darkness.


The country is facing the worst storm ever named after Eunice killed four people and plunged 1.3 million households into darkness.1 credit
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A flood warning “dangerous to life” has now been issued. River Severn burst its banks in Worcester1 credit

Storm Franklin, an 800 mile wide squall, will bring “violent and destructive gusts” across Northern Ireland from tonight until tomorrow morning.

The yellow warning is in effect from midnight.

Two inches of snow will fall in some northern postcodes, while in Manchester locals are forced to leave their homes due to fears that the Mersey will flood East and West Didsbury.

Manchester City Council has confirmed that 460 families have been ordered to leave the city urgently.

Meanwhile, more than 83,000 people across the UK are still without power following the worst winter storm in a generation.

The Met Office has issued a slew of weather warnings for today and tomorrow as millions of people will face strong winds as they commute to work on Monday.

Forecasters say the explosions will cause more power outages, traffic delays and damage.

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Sunday yellow warnings cover Wales and most of England from noon to 3pm, and the North West and Northern Ireland from noon to midnight.

Similar wind warnings were issued for Monday.

An amber rain warning, meaning “there is a possibility that homes and businesses could be flooded”, is also in effect for Cumbria, Lancashire and West Yorkshire from midnight to 6pm on Sunday.

More than 3.1 inches will fall in the most affected areas.

The trouble of terrible weather began with Storm Dudley on Wednesday.

Meteorologist Becky Mitchell said the three named storms in such rapid succession is the first time since the system was introduced seven years ago.

“For the first time in a week, we had three named storms and launched the storm naming system in 2015,” she said.

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“We have a really active jet stream, which is why we see so many storms heading straight for the UK.

“We had Dudley on Wednesday, Eunice on Friday and Franklin today.”

Her colleague Craig Snell told the Sun Online that conditions will finally ease next week.

“It will be windy during the week, but things look a little more typical for this time of year,” he said.

“It will be windy, but at the moment there are no warnings after Monday, and we are certainly not going to name new storms in the coming days.

“After we get rid of Franklin, it will still be windy, but hopefully not on the same scale as the last few days.

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“Of course, it has been very, very turbulent lately.

“It was a very noticeable change in the weather.”

He said that the strongest winds would hit the country tomorrow morning.

“The most likely location for disruption is Northern Ireland, but there could also be strikes along the coast of Lancashire and Merseyside and possibly North Wales,” he said.

“During the wee hours, winds can reach 80 mph along the northern coast of Northern Ireland, while any coastline adjacent to the Irish Sea can easily experience gusts of 60 to 70 mph.”

On Friday, Eunice was hit by the worst storm in years, knocking down trees, blowing roofs off houses and bringing down power lines.

The Energy Networks Association said it believed the UK may have experienced a record 24-hour power outage during the storm, impacting around 1.3 million homes.

The organization’s Ross Easton said 8,000 engineers are working to reconnect customers as part of a huge nationwide effort, but many homes will still be out of power next week.


At the height of the storm, the roof of the O2 Arena in London was damaged, causing rapper Dave’s upcoming concerts to be postponed and the spire of St Thomas’ Church in Wells, Somerset, toppling to the ground.

O2 stated today that it expects the scheduled UB40 concert to take place as scheduled on Friday. The establishment will remain closed until renovations are completed.

The British Insurers Association has indicated that cleaning up the entire UK could cost more than £300 million.

A spokesman said: “No two storms are the same.

“The latest major storms to hit the UK – Ciara and Dennis – have resulted in over £360m being paid out by insurers.”

National Rail has warned that train services “throughout much of the UK” are still experiencing “serious disruptions”.

Unfortunately, three Britons and an Irishman are known to have been killed on Friday.

However, there was little respite even after the wind eased as new 80 mph storm warnings went into effect today.

Forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “On Sunday, the wind will increase much later.

“There is a risk for the northern parts of the country – northern England, Scotland, Northern Ireland – 50 to 60 miles per hour inland and 70 to 80 miles per hour around open coasts and hills.”

In Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex, Huge Waves Washed Debris Onto The Beach.


In Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex, huge waves washed debris onto the beach.1 credit
Wales Has Seen Some Of The Worst Weather Ever.  Huge Waves Lashed The Shore At Aberystwyth This Morning.


Wales has seen some of the worst weather ever. Huge waves lashed the shore at Aberystwyth this morning.1 credit
Flood Water Flows Down The Steps Of A House In Halifax, West Yorkshire.


Flood water flows down the steps of a house in Halifax, West Yorkshire.1 credit
Train Passengers Faced Delays On All Networks


Train passengers faced delays on all networksCredit: Reuters

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