With everybody talking about the arrival of this year’s weather bomb, we thought we would help you prepare by updating you on this years’ statistics and predictions so far, as well as more information on the damage caused during the winter last year.
2014: The Weather Bomb
The weather bomb only hit us a matter of days ago, and yet its destruction has been significant. So far the average highest winds have ranged between 69 – 81mph, which is a significant increase from the average wind speed for this time of year at approximately 18 mph.
Considering these statistics and the current increase in bad weather, the Met have uploaded warnings stating that there is still potential for winds to reach 50 – 60mph in the South of England. This warning indicates the rate in which the weather bomb is spreading across the UK, as for the first few days only the North was affected.
— Network Rail Scot (@NetworkRailSCOT) December 10, 2014
The BBC have reported on the boulders that are currently being washed to shore from the violent current, causing problems on roads and damage to buildings. There are also reports of businesses and homes that have not been able to function due to power cuts caused by the storms. In areas of Scotland, travel has become near impossible as shown by this tweet from Network Rail Scotland asking for help after a shed was blown onto a railway track. Both cars and ferries have been caught in the storms causing crashes as well as the need for rescue services.
2013/14 Winter Statistics
According to the Met, the UK’s winter in 2013/14 was the wettest winter on record. This is incredibly impressive considering that the record in the national series dates back to 1910. Property was damaged, people were trapped in their homes and there was disruption to roads and ferry crossings. Villages such as Hemsby on the East Coast, and cities that use bridges to allow access in and out, such as Worcester, were flooded so much so that people could not leave or enter.
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The Met released this illustration In January 2013, locations all over the UK endured over three times the normal amount of rainfall for January. With Charr in Scotland receiving 360.4 mm of rain and Surrey seeing 273 mm, the whole of the UK was suffering from the devastating effects of the weather.
Winter Destruction Costs £197.2 Million in 2013/14
During the winter of 2013/14, over 7,800 homes were flooded with an additional 3,000 commercial properties destroyed by the weather. £14 million has already been paid out to cover the cost of protecting lives and properties from being affected in the future, as well as helping communities recover from that destructive winter. A further £183.5 million will be paid to local authorities during now and March to help this recovery and prevention.
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