Man killed as Storm Ciara wreaks havoc.
A driver was killed by a falling tree in Hampshire yesterday during the “storm of the century”, which brought 97mph winds, widespread flooding and power failures. The 58-year-old man was driving a Mercedes on the A33 from Winchester to Micheldever. Man killed as Storm Ciara wreaks havoc. Storm Ciara brought six weeks of rainfall within 24 hours, with residents in the north of England expressing anger after their homes flooded for the second time in four years. More than half a million households suffered power cuts and about 20,000 homes are still without power today after a freezing night. Flooding, fallen trees and debris have caused serious problems for rail passengers. In Luton the roof of a station was blown off. Parts of northern England have been warned to expect snow and ice this afternoon while wind warnings are in place for Cornwall and the south coast of England.
Many affected by the flooding had only just repaired their homes from the catastrophic floods caused by Storm Desmond in 2015. In Bury, Greater Manchester, some residents spent the night in the Castle leisure centre. They included Michael Pilling and Susan Boyd, who had also sheltered there after the Boxing Day Floods in 2015. They told the BBC that they were angry and upset that the area had been flooded again. Another evacuee, Steve Roberts, said: “I’m devastated to be honest. I’ve only just redone the kitchen and it’s all ruined. Most of us were out of our houses for nearly six months and it’s going to be the same again.”
Man killed as Storm Ciara wreaks havoc. Doreen Fillingham, whose home on Radcliffe Road in Redvales was flooded in 2015, said: “We lost everything the first time and I’ve just had a new carpet put down. They keep saying they’re doing the flood barriers but nothing seems to be getting done.” Joel Wakelyn, from Summerseat, said: “We woke up about 07:30 to about four or five inches of water in the kitchen and living room. It was black water. It had all washed through from the road. It’s absolutely devastating.”
Andrew Nutter said that water in his restaurant, Nutters, in Manchester, was waist deep. Other residents reported water coming up through the drains, flooding their properties with sewage. Parts of Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire were also inundated again. River levels peaked yesterday just below the record levels of the 2015 Boxing Day floods, which caused damage running to millions of pounds to houses and businesses along the Calder Valley. More than £30 million has been spent on flood defences in Mytholmroyd since 2015, with part of the scheme completed in 2019 and the remainder due to be finished this summer. It is understood that some of the new defences held.
At one point yesterday flood wardens warned villagers on Facebook: “Please stay at home unless absolutely necessary. There are no passable roads through the Valley. There are no shops open for you to buy things from. And if you think you have a vehicle that is capable of driving through flood water still don’t do it.” This morning, part of a house in Leicester collapsed on to the road, crushing a car. The owner of the house said that the family was woken just after 4.30am and thought that the crashing sound was an earthquake. Dozens of flights were cancelled yesterday and there was widespread disruption on the rail network as companies reduced services and imposed speed restrictions. Sporting fixtures were disrupted. Manchester City’s home game against West Ham United was postponed.
Yet there was one beneficiary: a British Airways flight broke the record for the fastest subsonic journey from New York to London. The Boeing 747-436 landed at Heathrow yesterday morning four hours and 56 minutes after taking off from John F Kennedy airport, 100 minutes ahead of schedule. Part of the M11 in Cambridgeshire was closed amid fears that the roof of a hangar at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford might blow off. The storm tore the sails off the 150-year-old Burgh Le Marsh windmill in Lincolnshire.
Gusts of 93mph were recorded in Aberdaron, on the Llyn Peninsula, in Gwynedd. In Cumbria more than 15cm of rain fell in 24 hours. A coastguard helicopter and boat team near Oban was called after a diver got into difficulty yesterday morning. The body of a 50-year-old man was later recovered and an investigation is under way. A surfer was rescued by the lifeboat and the coastguard after he lost his board off Hastings, East Sussex. In Blackpool firefighters freed a motorist whose car was stuck in deep floodwater and a man was trapped for more than an hour when a tree fell on his car in Flitwick, Bedfordshire. He suffered minor injuries.
Three people were injured after part of a pub roof collapsed in Perth on Saturday evening and a stand at Wisbech Town FC’s Fenland Stadium in Cambridgeshire was brought down by strong winds. In London a crane was bent over by gusts “like it was made of spaghetti”. P&O said that all ferry services at Dover were suspended because of strong winds and Mersey Ferries cancelled all services until further notice.
The Humber Bridge was closed entirely for only the second time in its history, according to its website. The Queen did not attend church in Sandringham yesterday because of high winds. It was to be her last service before she returns to Buckingham Palace. Helen Roberts, from the Met Office, said that the gusts of wind inland were “quite exceptional”.
Information and Image have been shared from an Article by Charlotte Wace, published at The Times, London, UK on February 9th, 2020. Image Credit: BPM Media, 2020.