The United Kingdom is currently being hit by severe wind and rain due to Storm Isha. Storm Isha is the ninth storm since September and is causing disruption all over the UK.
There have been disruptions to most travel over the UK, including train services, air travel, and bus services. Trains have been suspended between Redhill and Tonbridge, and in Northern Ireland many roads have been deemed as impassable. On January 21, there were a total of 22 flights diverted from Gatwick. One spokesperson said that a TUI flight was diverted to Manchester that was travelling from Sharm El Sheikh. There have been many more delayed and diverted flights.
There have been an estimated 2000 people facing power cuts in Kent, Sussex, and Surrey. There have been electricity issues all over the UK, with there being 40,000 people and households across Northern Ireland without power. The Prime Minister has stated that the government is working hard with companies to restore people’s power. Two primary schools have been closed so far. Since the afternoon of January 21, there have been around 1,000 obstructions on the roads of Northern Ireland.
The Met Office has warned everyone of the danger for those living near the coast. Ferries have also been disrupted due to the storm. Disruption extends from the west of Scottish Isles all the way to the English Channel. Some ferries on the Irish Sea have been delayed by up to an hour, and many cross-channel ferries have also been cancelled due to the weather and the conditions of the sea.
There are potential tornado warnings on January 22, with high winds reaching 107 miles per hour in Scotland. The storm has caused many issues and inconveniences for people, and it has also injured people. Many road users across the UK have been asked to consider if their journeys are essential. An 84-year-old man in Scotland died when he crashed into a fallen tree. Fortunately, other members in the car were not injured.
The Met Office has also issued another warning that another storm is to follow Storm Isha on January 23, Storm Jocelyn. Storm Jocelyn is the tenth storm to be named. However, is predicted to cause less devastation than Storm Isha.
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