Friday, November 12, 2010

Floodwarnings UK, Wales and Northern Ireland..( bbc)

High winds and rain batter the UK
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High winds and torrential rain have caused damage and disruption in the UK.

The worst hit areas have been northern England, north Wales and Northern Ireland with gusts of 80mph (129km/h).

Planes had to be diverted from Leeds-Bradford Airport and 6,000 people in Northern Ireland were without power after winds brought down power lines.

In Stanley, West Yorkshire, a tree fell on a car injuring two people - one was impaled on a branch and her condition was described as serious.

The tree came down at 2020 GMT and the woman was released from the wreckage by firefighters before being taken to Pinderfields Hospital.

Leeds-Bradford airport was badly affected with one flight from Dublin forced to divert to Liverpool after making three unsuccessful attempts to land. Other planes were forced to fly on to Manchester.

The BBC Weather Centre said the weather was at its worst overnight but winds were forecast to slowly ease off through the day.

North-west England, Yorkshire and the Humber, Northern Ireland and Anglesey have been hardest hit.

Exposed areas

In Northern Ireland, about 6,000 people were left without electricity on Thursday night as severe weather disrupted power networks.

Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) said on Friday morning that 600 homes were still without power.

The main areas affected were Dungannon and Omagh in County Tyrone. Enniskillen in County Fermanagh was the worst-affected with 1,500 homes left without electricity.

The Royal Navy warship HMS Monmouth has been enduring storm force 10 winds in the Bristol Channel between Porthcawl and Lynmouth.

The ship's commanding officer, Commander Tony Long, said the 170 crew on-board were coping well and he planned to remain out overnight, hoping for a drop in the wind on Friday morning.

"A few of the younger sailors are still trying to find their sea legs, conditions are quite lively," he said.

The highest reported wind gust in Wales was 81mph at Aberdaron in Gwynedd.

The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait and Cleddau Bridge in Pembrokeshire were closed overnight but have since reopened.

All ferry sailings across the Irish Sea are cancelled.

There has been localised flooding in Scotland and ferries to Northern Ireland from the ports of Stranraer and Cairnryan have been suspended.

Fire crews on the Isle of Wight had to deal with flood-related incidents at about 100 homes, mostly in Ryde, following heavy rain.

Flight and ferry crossings to the Isle of Man have also been affected.