Brave Students Defy Storm Babet’s Wrath in Leeds
Despite the relentless onslaught of Storm Babet, students in Leeds stood firm against the cold, wind, and rain during a night out.
The Met Office had issued amber and yellow weather warnings in Leeds, predicting severe flooding and disruptions.
Partygoers, undeterred by the weather, used jackets as makeshift umbrellas while wearing summer clothing, from shorts and skirts to crop tops and bodycon dresses.
The storm had left thousands without power, and flood warnings were prevalent.
As of Saturday morning, England faced 353 warnings and 248 alerts. Meanwhile, in Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued 12 flood alerts, 17 flood warnings, and five severe flood warnings.
Although the Met Office lifted yellow and amber warnings across much of England, a “be aware” wind alert remained in place.
The focus of rainfall shifted to eastern and northern Scotland, with additional rain warnings.
Storm Babet’s Toll
The havoc wrought by Storm Babet claimed the lives of three people, including a woman swept into a river and a man killed by a falling tree in Angus, Scotland.
In Shropshire, a man in his 60s died after being caught in fast-flowing floodwater.
The storm disrupted train services and flooded railway lines, leading to abandoned and submerged vehicles on roads.
A “major incident” was declared in Derbyshire, where a school bus filled with schoolchildren was flooded.
Further south, Suffolk declared a major incident due to “major flooding” across the county.
The storm also forced passengers on a Tui flight to evacuate the plane at Leeds Bradford Airport, as it came off the runway during landing.
Despite the dramatic incident, there were no reported injuries.
The resilience of students in Leeds in the face of Storm Babet’s adverse weather conditions demonstrates the determination of young people to enjoy their lives despite challenging circumstances.
This story serves as a reminder of the importance of taking weather warnings seriously, as severe weather can lead to tragic consequences, as evidenced by the storm’s toll on lives and infrastructure.
Additionally, the fact that the storm disrupted transportation and flooded roads highlights the need for comprehensive disaster preparedness and response measures in affected areas.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn