Tuesday 23 January 2018

Further storms expected for UK as many regions still reel from weather-related devastation

Residents in Chiswell and Portland in Weymouth, Dorset were evacuated ahead of high tide last night, while around 100 people living in Aberystwyth, were advised to move to higher ground, with many taking shelter in rest centres
Residents in Chiswell and Portland in Weymouth, Dorset were evacuated ahead of high tide last night, while around 100 people living in Aberystwyth, were advised to move to higher ground, with many taking shelter in rest centres
Residents in Chiswell and Portland in Weymouth, Dorset were evacuated ahead of high tide last night, while around 100 people living in Aberystwyth, were advised to move to higher ground, with many taking shelter in rest centres.

Further storms, high tides and gale-force winds are expected across many parts of the UK over the weekend as communities already hit by a trail of devastation begin to assess the damage.

Hundreds of homes have been flooded from Cornwall to Scotland, with miles of coastline battered and roads and fields across the country left under water.

 

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings of rain in the south of England and snow in the north of England and southern parts of Scotland. Up to 30mm (1.1in) of rain could fall in just six hours, and there are more warnings of flooding and travel disruption.

 

Residents in Chiswell and Portland in Weymouth, Dorset, were evacuated ahead of high tide last night, while around 100 people living in Aberystwyth, Dyfed, were advised to move to higher ground, with many taking shelter in rest centres.

 

Meanwhile, searches resumed this morning in south Devon for missing 18-year-old Harry Martin - with more than 100 people volunteering to look for him.

 

The university student was last seen on Thursday afternoon leaving his home in Newton Ferrers, near Plymouth, to take photographs of the bad weather.

 

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "The police, Devon Rescue Group, Coastguard, specialist search dogs and members of the public are continuing to search for Harry.

 

"Over 100 members of the public have volunteered to assist with searches in the local area of Newton Ferrers. We advise the public not to put themselves at risk."

 

Two people have already died in the storms. A 27-year-old man from Surrey was found on Porthleven Sands beach in Cornwall after he was swept out to sea on New Year's Eve night, and a woman died after being rescued from the sea in Croyde Bay, north Devon.

 

The ferocious weather has left widespread damage. In Aberystwyth debris was strewn across the promenade, rail lines in north Wales were left buckled by the power of the sea and a road collapsed in Amroth, Pembrokeshire.

 

Aberystwyth University student Millie Farmer said the town's promenade was a "complete mess"

 

Miss Farmer, a second year geography student, estimated that hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage had been done.

 

"They're starting to clear up. It's a complete mess," said Miss Farmer, 19, who comes from Shepreth, Cambridgeshire.

 

"You can't see the road. The promenade slabs have been scattered everywhere. It's an extension of the beach.

 

"It's a real shame. The front was damaged by storms a few weeks ago. They'd only just repaired it. Now it's been ruined again."

 

Miss Farmer said seafront properties had been evacuated yesterday and rescue centres set up. She said waves had been "spectacular".

 

"The weather today is nothing like as bad as it was yesterday," she said. "But it was still pretty scary this morning. The waves hitting the front were twice as high as me - and I'm not far off six feet."

 

This morning's high tide caused some localised flooding to Looe and Port Gaverne in Cornwall but was not as bad as feared. Land's End Airport has also been closed due to a flooded airfield.

 

Emergency services rescued four people from a flooded farm in Llanbedr near Barmouth, north west Wales, the River Severn burst its banks in Gloucestershire and a pregnant woman was rescued after 30 properties were flooded in Cardigan, mid-Wales.

 

Officials around the country have pleaded with people to keep away as dozens put their life at risk by going to coastal areas to watch as the storm brought waves up to 40ft high crashing on to land.

 

A man and child were almost swept away by a huge wav.

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