Passengers Stranded as Exeter Airport Closes Due to Flooded Terminal

Travel Chaos as Exeter Airport Closes Due to Thunderstorms and Flooding

Exeter Airport Shuts Down Amid Torrential Rain

Exeter Airport, located in Devon, faced unexpected closure as heavy downpours triggered severe flooding within the terminal.

This disruption in travel plans was a consequence of a dire weather prediction from the UK Met Office, which forecasted the possibility of more than half a month’s worth of rainfall occurring within just a single hour.

Passengers Stranded Amidst Flooded Terminal

Images and videos from the scene depict stranded travelers navigating through ankle-deep water within the airport’s terminal.

Authorities quickly announced the cancellation of all flights to and from Exeter Airport for the rest of the day, plunging passengers into travel chaos.

Widespread Weather Warnings Across England

Flash flooding extended beyond the airport, affecting nearby areas like Dawlish, a seaside town.

The Met Office issued a grave warning that several regions in England could experience an extraordinarily heavy deluge, equivalent to more than half the average September rainfall of 55-60mm, concentrated within an hour.

Multiple Weather Hazards

In addition to the heavy rainfall and flooding, the UK’s official forecaster cautioned about the possibility of lightning, hail, and strong winds wreaking havoc across parts of England and Wales.

They even expressed a ‘small chance’ that lives could be endangered by this tumultuous weather.

Threats to Homes and Businesses

The Met Office emphasized the risk of thunderstorms in South Wales and the southwest of England, lasting until 6 pm.

Homes and businesses were put on alert for potential flooding.

Similar weather threats extended to London, the East Midlands, and the southeast and east of England until 6 am the following day.

Travel Disruptions and Safety Concerns

Travelers in the affected areas faced the grim prospect of delays or sudden cancellations of trains and buses.

Road closures, spray, sudden floods, and difficult driving conditions became immediate concerns. Moreover, there was a ‘slight chance’ of power cuts and the disruption of essential services, along with the possibility of communities being isolated by floodwaters.

The Met Office also noted that lightning, hail, and strong winds could damage buildings.

Unpredictable Thunderstorms

Met Office meteorologist Jonathan Vautrey stated that these thunderstorms could potentially turn severe, bringing gusty winds and torrential rain.

Due to their rapid movement, it was challenging to pinpoint the exact areas that would be hardest hit. Vautrey advised staying updated with the latest forecasts and remaining cautious, as weather conditions could change suddenly.

Future Weather Outlook

Although conditions were expected to remain blustery in the coming week, they would likely be fresher. Furthermore, more storms were anticipated as the remnants of Hurricane Lee, which affected New England and eastern Canada, were set to cross the UK between Tuesday and Thursday.

While it wouldn’t be a hurricane at this point, heavy showers and thunderstorms were still a possibility, promising an unsettled and autumnal week ahead.

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