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Friday 1 August 2014

Chaos in UK as thousands left without power by chill

Dean Gray

Published 19/01/2013|05:00

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SNOW has brought chaos to the UK with thousands of households left without power. There was transport misery for thousands as hundreds of flights were cancelled at Britain's busiest airport, while train companies axed rail services and roads were closed.

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Motorists were urged to avoid all but essential journeys amid strong winds, plunging temperatures and blizzards, which sent several cars spinning into ditches.

The cold blasts forced nearly 2,000 schools to shut their doors, meaning some A-level exams were postponed.

The weather meant good news for thousands of school-children, who escaped the classroom to enjoy the snow.

But the weather heaped misery on more than 10,000 households in south Wales, where residents found themselves with no power this morning.

It came after the Met Office issued a "red" severe weather warning for heavy snow in Wales, with some 25cm falling at Sennybridge, in Powys.

Scenes of panic-buying were reported in stores across the West Country, Home Counties and south Wales as shops ran low on stock.

Heathrow had 369 flights cancelled. The Eurostar also axed trains between London and Brussels.

Irish Independent

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