Flood Warnings in the UK Increase Due to Heavy Rains

In an article posted in the BBC, it was reported that flood warnings in the United Kingdom are continuing because of the heavy rains. Heavy rains like this have become a common occurrence all over the world, and is happening in the Americas, in Europe, and in Asia alike. Climate change is really taking its toll on the people affected, because more communities are being besieged with heavy flooding because of the sheer amount of water falling from the skies.

Global warming causes more water than ever to be evaporated into the atmosphere, creating torrential rains and heavy flooding.

Right now, heavy rains are affecting several parts of the UK, and many families now had to be evacuated and placed in safe areas away from the floods. Hundreds of homes and buildings are left without power.

In fact, the problem is so widespread that there are now over 90 flood warnings in the UK, concentrated more on the South West, the Midlands and East Anglia. There are also several flood warnings in Scotland.

Weather reports also say that there are some powerful gales headed towards the Welsh coast and may become stronger as it moves inland. The winds are reported to be as high as 100 mph, and even disrupts travel by plane.

The Met Office also reports that there might be more than 200 additional flood warnings in the UK. There have already been several incidents in the news that were attributed to the floods:

In Exeter, a 20 foot wall collapsed and rescuers are currently determine if there has been anyone caught in the rubble beneath. In Dumfries and Galloway, there are more than 500 homes left without power and mobile phone access due to a severe lightning strike in the area.

There is also a mosque in Birmingham whose roof collapsed due to the heavy winds. There are also several people who have been hospitalized after winds flipped over a car on the road in west Wales.

The Met Office is warning everyone to stay safe and stay indoors and to cooperate with the rescuers in case evacuation is needed. There will be clearer conditions once the winds pass, but the south-east and north-west of the United Kingdom are likely to experience more problems.

“We ask that people stay safe by staying away from swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through flood water.” says John Curtin, the head of incident management for the Met.

The entire country is at a stand still as the storm rages on. Many are worried about the damage it will cause and how it will affect those that are already having a hard time with their finances.

The winds are continuing to rise and Wales has already recorded wind speeds of up to 70 mph. In Snowdon, Gwynedd, the wind speeds have reached 100 mph, and the Gower’s Head peninsula measures 92 mph. Flood warnings are still in effect.

 

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