UK braced for further storms

Thursday 13 February 2014 08.56
A car drives through flood waters in the village of Datchet in Berkshire (Pic: EPA)
A car drives through flood waters in the village of Datchet in Berkshire (Pic: EPA)

Tens of thousands of homes remain without power after Britain was battered by more treacherous weather conditions.

Around 80,000 households remain without electricity, with Wales the worst affected by the storms, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) said.

The storms left one man dead and hundreds stranded as winds of up to 160km/h stopped trains in their tracks, blew roofs off stations and closed major transport links

Last night about 130,000 homes and businesses were without power across the country.

Prime Minister David Cameron will lead talks on Britain's recovery from the bad weather after questions were raised yesterday about his claim that "money is no object" to the relief operation.

Mr Cameron reiterated his pledge after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said that it was not a "blank cheque".

The floods which have wreaked havoc were an "almost unparalleled" natural crisis, army chief Major General Patrick Sanders said, as hundreds of troops help home owners defend their properties from ever-rising waters.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney said the chaos even threatened to derail Britain's economic recovery.

After a brief respite today Britain faces more chaos as another storm brings heavy rain, strong winds and further risk of flooding tomorrow and into the weekend.

Snow is expected in northern England and parts of Scotland today, and tomorrow more rain and winds of up to 130km/h will arrive from the South West.

Tim Field, for Energy Networks Association, which represents energy companies in the UK, said: "We continue working throughout today to get as many of those people back on supply as quickly and as safely as possible.

"We have seen some pretty horrendous conditions. Wales has suffered very strong winds of over 160km/h, gusts in excess of 128km/h and 144km/h quite frequently on land, and that has caused a lot of damage across the network across Wales so that is where we are seeing the majority of those people off supply at the moment."