Two dead in storms with no sign of floods letting up in Britain
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Two people have died in incidents related to storms that battered the southern coast of England last night while many across the country continue to struggle with flooding, property damage, and closure of road and railway routes.
In central London, masonry from a building near fell on top of a car in the street outside, killing a woman and injuring a man in the car. The woman was pronounced dead on the scene; the man is recovering in hospital and is reported to be in a stable condition. A third, female passenger in the car escaped before emergency responders arrived.
In the, an 85-year-old man and a woman in her 70s were airlifted from the cruise ship which was hit by a large storm wave on its way back to , . The man subsequently died. Other passengers aboard the ship suffered minor injuries.
The cruise line operator,(CMV), said in a statement: "CMV regrets to advise that earlier today their cruise ship , en-route to her home port of Tilbury from the , was hit by a freak wave during adverse sea conditions in the south western approaches of the English Channel. One elderly passenger has died and a further passenger has been airlifted for further shore-side medical assistance. The vessel sailed from Tilbury on January 5 and is carrying 735 mainly British passengers and 349 crew. Our thoughts are very much with these passengers and their families during this difficult time."
In addition to the two deaths from yesterday's storms, a 77-year-old man died yesterday from injuries sustained Wednesday in the town of Wales. Bob Thomas was hospitalised after being hit by a falling tree in his garden., in ,
The UK should return to "normal winter weather" next week. In contrast to the predictions of the Met Office, the have said that floods could remain in some areas of England until March, and that up to 3,000 homes in the could be flooded over the weekend. On Friday, they raised the number of "danger to life" level flood warnings from 17 to 24.said that after storms this weekend, weather in the
Flooding across England and Wales has led to thousands being without electricity. In Cornwall and had their electricity supply cut off by Friday's storms., as of Friday 17,000 people had no electricity supply, while 7,000 homes in
Trains operated by, , , , and have been affected. Train services to and have been replaced by buses.
Trains on the London toservice have been affected by land-slips between and in while trains to and have been affected by a land-slip at in .
Services in the south-west have been affected by damage to railway lines in. Service is not expected to restart for at least six weeks. In , buses have replaced trains between and .
The damage to the railway line at Dawlish has been the subject of criticism by passenger group TravelWatch SouthWest who said— the company charged with maintaining the British railway network — had been "in complete denial" about the vulnerability of the sea wall. The group pointed to a 2004 report they produced arguing for re-routing of railway services on a disused railway in the area. "Had the recommendation in that 2004 report been heeded, the studies would already have been completed, and a clear preferred diversionary route might now be available", they said.
In Wales, there have been delays on the railway between and , and replacement bus services between and due to flooding in . Trains going between and have also been affected by the floods.
Streets have closed in, , and . Journeys for drivers using the , , , , and roads have all been affected. A 50-foot-hole appeared in the motorway in which led to the closure of a ten mile section of the road.
- "Weather: Mother-Of-Three Among Storm Victims" — , February 15, 2014
- Kevin Rawlinson. "Man and woman killed in separate incidents as fierce storms batter UK" — , February 14, 2014
- Gordon Rayner and Steven Swinford. "Floods could remain until March, Environment Agency warns" — , February 14, 2014
- Alice Philipson. "UK floods: transport chaos as major highways disappear under water" — , February 11, 2014
- "Network Rail 'in complete denial' over Dawlish sea wall" — , February 10, 2014