Britons have woken up to the full force of Storm Ciaran as 100mph winds have torn roofs off houses overnight while commuters have been warned to work from home today and hundreds of schools in the south of England are shut.
The Impact on Housing and Commuting:
Amber ‘risk to life’ warnings are in place as the storm hit the UK in the early hours of Thursday, with high winds and torrential downpours expected to spark flooding, particularly along the south coast.
More than 7,000 homes were without power in Cornwall on Wednesday morning, with local councillor Martyn Alvey saying there were ‘vulnerable people’ with people as they faced a race against time to get it back on.
The Situation in the Channel Islands:
The Channel Islands have faced the worst of Storm Ciaran so far, where in Jersey people have been forced to evacuate their homes and take refuge in a hotel after 104mph winds damaged homes.
Impacts on Travel and Schools:
Schools in Hampshire, Devon, Dorset, and Cornwall are among those forced to shut, with thousands of pupils being plunged back into Covid-style remote learning due to the dangerous conditions.
Commuters have been warned against traveling into the office with huge delays across large swathes of the railway network due to risk of fallen trees and debris being blown on the tracks.
Warnings and Precautions:
The Environment Agency has put 54 flood warnings in place, with 134 in place for potential flooding. People are being advised to stay away from coastal paths and promenades amid fears 35ft waves could sweep them into the sea.
Reports of power cuts started coming in shortly before 8 am yesterday, and postcodes in SO51, SO52, and SO16 were hit.
Further Impact and Meteorological Details:
Ciaran is a ‘weather bomb’, a term for a low-pressure system whose central pressure falls 24 millibars(mb) in 24 hours in a process officially called explosive cyclogenesis.
The storm had a pressure of 981mb this morning, and this is set to fall to 954mb by midnight – a drop of 27mb in less than 24 hours.
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