Flooding, high winds cause chaos in United Kingdom and Ireland


United Kingdom

A powerful storm has wreaked havoc in large parts of the UK and Ireland, bringing flooding and high winds.

Key points:

  • The storm hit England, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland late on Monday
  • Flights were diverted from Gatwick Airport due to strong winds
  • In Scotland train and ferry services were cancelled

Storm Brendan hit Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland hard on Monday evening local time, leaving about 9,500 homes in Northern Ireland without power, before it was restored at all except 800 by late on Sunday night, according to the BBC.

Flash flooding hit coastal areas, where waves crashed over seawalls and across the bonnets of nearby cars.

Footage of the carnage included a bus taking on water as passengers watched.



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Waves crashing over train tracks in Scotland forced the cancellation of services. (Supplied: Network Rail Scotland)

In Galway, Ireland, a man was seen apparently struggling to climb out of the water after going for a swim. Video shows him grimly holding on to a ladder as large waves crash over him.

Local man Tommy Roddy who shared his footage of the swimmer assured local media the man escaped the water unharmed.

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@TommyRoddy: Nice day for a dip in Salthill Par 2 The swimmer returns safely. #StormBrendan

“The man is fine, he only went in for a dip,” Mr Roddy said.

“Not too long after he got out another man got in and stayed in for a bit.”

Driving in the storm proved difficult, especially for those in coastal regions as waves washed over their cars.

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@barbadosBob1: Warrenpoint feels the force of Brendan

The Irish Coast Guard advised the public to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers during the storm.

In Scotland severe winds and flooding forced the cancellation of ferry services.

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@NetworkRailSCOT: #StormBrendan Another clip from Saltcoats around 1330 (high tide). We've switched the power to overhead lines off temporarily to protect it from damage.

Train lines along the coast were also closed as waves crashed over the tracks.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) issued 32 flood warnings and 16 flood alerts.

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@metoffice: Whilst it may be dry for many right now, it's going to turn increasingly wet and windy

In England flights were diverted away from Gatwick Airport south of London.

Gatwick Airport officials said two Wizz Air flights, four easyJet services and one Norwegian Air flight were diverted. One easyJet flight from Edinburgh was forced to land at Birmingham.

Gusts of more than 80 kilometres per hour were expected to batter parts of Britain on Tuesday, with the Met Office warning the weather would only get worse throughout the day, especially in England.

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@rainy_ni: Flooding in warrenpoint #StormBrendan @barrabest @bbcweather @coolfm

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news