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Storms batter British Isles

Breaking Storm News: Great Britain

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Jan 12, 2007
Gale-force winds sunk one Irish trawler and coastguard authorities were searching for a second as a storm across the British Isles and the Netherlands disrupted sea and air traffic. More than 170 low-lying eastern English counties were put on flood alert, while ferry services were cancelled in the English Channel, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. A cargo ship adrift in the North Sea narrowly missed a gas platform that had been evacuated in anticipation of a collision. Irish coastguards battled winds of up to 130km/h in a major air and sea search for the sunken trawler which went down in heavy seas southeast of Ireland. Conditions in the area are horrendous. The winds have been up to storm force 10. A man was killed when a tree fell on his car in the village of Britty Common near Taunton in Somerset. Trees falling across railway lines also caused problems and there were warnings of flooding if rivers burst their banks. While the strongest winds hit north Wales and Scotland, trees were flattened across much of Britain, in part because heavy rain has loosened the soil and made trees more vulnerable. Up to 80,000 homes in south and mid-Wales were without power after trees brought down power lines.

Despite the high winds and heavy rain, temperatures yesterday were highly unseasonal for January at 8-14C (46F-57F) in England and Wales, 8-10C (46F-50F) in Northern Ireland and 5-9C (41F-48F) in Scotland. Today they are expected to hit 10-13C (50F-55F) in Scotland, 11-13C (52F-55F) in Northern Ireland and 12-15C (54F-59F) in England and Wales.
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