UK Swept by Destructive, ‘17 Year-High’ Tidal Surge (+ Photos)
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Coastal areas in the south and west of the UK have been swept with waves of up to 10 meters (30 feet) high, causing flooding and destruction.
With around a hundred flood warnings active on Saturday, the country could yet expect more severe storms.
Gale force winds accompanied by monster waves, twice the height of a double-decker bus, eroded Britain’s Atlantic coast on Friday. Dozens of houses were flooded, piers damaged, roads and railway tracks, including major ones, affected.
At Heathrow several flights had trouble landing because of the wind, while connections to and from Gatwick were hampered by the bad weather, RT reported.
More than a hundred flood warnings were issued by Environment Agency Saturday morning. Four of those were severe. That was one-fifth Friday’s rate. However weather forecasts for the coming days say it’s not yet time to relax.
"We certainly do have worse to come, we know that we've got another band of weather coming in on Sunday which is going to bring along what we call fluvial flooding, that's flooding to the rivers," The Telegraph cited warning from Chris Bainger, spokesperson for the Environment Agency.
The areas of particular risk pinpointed by the agency included the Devon and Cornwall coastlines, Dorset, the Welsh coast and the Scilly Isles.
Natural Resources Wales’ statement predicted the region was going to be exposed to “the highest tide to hit the whole Welsh coast since 1997.”
Some of the residents of Newport in south Wales were evacuated on Friday. People in the “yellow-alert” areas across Britain have been told to have their bags packed in case of an emergency.
The bad weather has also affected Northern Ireland, where in Belfast police have been delivering sandbags and have issued a warning to people in the Sydenham and Docks areas to prepare for potential flooding and the possibility of evacuation, according to The Belfast Telegraph.
The Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted his thanks to the emergency services and said that 200,000 properties have been protected by flood defenses over the last 36 hours.