Wednesday, December 10, 2014

UK braced for 'weather bomb'

 The UK is preparing to be hit by a "weather bomb" with freezing winds of up to 130 kilometers an hour and giant waves causing disruption to travel and power supplies.

The Met Office issued alerts on Wednesday as the deep, low-pressure system headed for the country.

Ferry and rail journeys were cancelled in parts of Scotland due to high winds and large waves hitting the coastline while schools in the Highlands and Western Isles were shut down.

In the Western Isles, 17,000 homes suffered a power cut as lightning struck electricity facilities early on Wednesday morning.

Storm warnings were also issued for Thursday across Britain by weather forecasters, with travelers being warned they would face major disruption.

- Freezing winds

Several flood warnings were issued across Scotland

Amber "be prepared" alerts were issued by the Met Office for western Scotland, the Highlands, Northern Ireland, Orkney and Shetland and Strathclyde regions.

Yellow "be aware" weather warnings were applied to England's South East, South West, North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber and northern Wales.

Referred to by meteorologists as a " weather bomb", deep, low-pressureweather systems known as cyclogenisis are known for their severe effects wrought by freezing, strong winds.


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  1. Up to 17,000 people without power as 'weather bomb' hits Britain with 130kmph winds...

    Up to 17,000 residents in the west of Scotland were left without power on Wednesday morning as a "weather bomb" of wet and windy conditions battered parts of Britain with gusts expected to reach up to 80 miles per hour (130kmph).

    Heavy rain and winds hit Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England overnight with an amber wind warning — meaning there was a potential risk to life and property — in place across Scotland's western Isles and northern Shetland Islands.

    Britain's Met office warned people to expect gales, storm force winds and large waves across several parts of northern and central Britain throughout the day.

    "The public should be prepared for dangerous conditions, especially along causeways and coastal roads exposed to the west," it said on its website.

    Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution said its engineers were repairing the damage done in the Western Isles and are bringing two power stations on board with all customers expected to have electricity by lunchtime.

    Britain has seen extreme weather conditions at this time of the year recently with tens of thousands of people across the country left without electricity on Christmas Day last year due to torrential rainfall and hurricane winds.

    Weather bombs occur when storms quickly intensify and pressure drops rapidly.


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