Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Wet and Dark Christmas

Fire crews rescued drivers from their cars in Sturminster Newton, Dorset 

Near Bournemouth, where flooding has caused the evacuation of residents. Image credit:

Iford Bridge at Farleigh Hungerford in Somerset was partially submerged under flood water. Image credit:

I was browsing through UK news websites and read about the stormy weather lashing the country this week. Strong gales and heavy downpours brought floods. And storm damage to power lines meant power outages for thousands of homes. 

And so, many Britons suffered the misery of a wet and dark Christmas. The Energy Networks Association said fifty thousand homes in the east and south-east of England. were without power yesterday. 

But it is heartwarming to learn that with many families' turkey dinner ruined, major power company UK Power Networks had offered to pay for Christmas meals in local pubs or restaurants for people whose supplies remain cut off. It was a really nice gesture! 

I also checked out Scotland. The news was just as grim. North Scotland bore the brunt of the bad weather and yellow ‘’be aware’’ warnings for high winds remain in place for the Highlands and Islands, Orkney and Shetland. 

Scottish Hydro said just under 1,800 homes lost electricity yesterday morning – on Christmas Eve, 3,500 homes were cut off from the grid. Elgin, Aberdeenshire and communities in the Northern and Western Isles have been worst affected by the power cut.

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