day of frost and sunshine on Sunday may prove to have been merely a
brief respite from storms, with the Met Office warning that more
gales and heavy rain will sweep in from the south-west to disrupt the
Monday morning commute.
engineers restored power to thousands of homes over the weekend,
around 600 remain without electricity, and some have been cut off
since Christmas Eve.
power company boss, Basil Scarsella, the chief exectuive of UK Power
Networks, which owns electricity lines and cables in the south-east,
admitted to the Mail on Sunday: "We could not have avoided the
damage caused by the storm, but we could have responded to it
places are threatened with further flooding if heavy rain falls on
ground that is already saturated.
severe weather warnings for both gales of up to 80mph and heavy rain
have been issued for parts of south Wales and south-west England, and
flood warnings remain in force for parts of Wales, England and
Scotland. It has also warned of the danger of ice patches in the
south-west on Monday night as temperatures drop to below freezing.
icy morning on Sunday forced the closure of a section of the M69
motorway in Leicestershire after black ice led to a series of
Goodfellow, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, said: "Normally, we
would say this is a typical winter storm but because we're still
recovering from a string of other storms it is likely to cause more
disruption and flooding." He said the south-west would continue
to bear the brunt of the storm.
1,300 properties have been flooded during the recent storms in
England, the Environment Agency (EA) said.
Kent Power Networks sent catering vans over the weekend to one of the
worst affected villages, Yalding, where on Friday prime minister
David Cameron was greeted with angry complaints that the village had
been abandoned, with many houses both flooded and without power. The
firm also pledged to boost compensation payments from the regular £27
to £75 for anyone who had been without power for more than 48 hours
including Christmas Day – with larger payments for those cut off
for longer than 60 hours.
Kent, Surrey and Sussex more than 300 properties were still without
power on Sunday, but the firm said that engineers had worked late
into the night and resumed early in the morning to restore supply,
and that the vast majority of supplies were back to normal. Most of
those still without power were single isolated properties.
his encounters, the prime minister tweeted on Saturday : "I've
asked the Dept for Communities & Local Govt to ensure councils
have robust plans in case of bad weather and flooding over New Year."
Edinburgh the organisers of the Hogmanay celebrations, which bring
thousands of tourists to the city, will be keeping an anxious eye on
the forecasts: although they went ahead last year, bad weather forced
last-minute cancellations on several occasions in recent years.
Further gales are forecast for New Year's Eve, and heavy rain on New