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UK storms, earthquakes, Britain, Wales, Ireland, Scotland
Scotland Shut Down by 165 mph winds
December 9, 2011 - A fierce storm with winds of up to 165mph has battered northern parts of Britain, with people warned to stay indoors, schools forced to close and flights and rail links cancelled.
Localised flooding has also caused major disruptions on roads - and more than 30,000 homes have been left without power.
In North Yorkshire, a RAF helicopter plucked a couple to safety after their car was swept away in floodwaters near Aysgarth. They were flown to hospital with suspected hypothermia.
A third person was also rescued from his car in a separate incident near the village of Gunnerside.
Police have advised against all travel until at least 2am Friday, when winds are expected to ease.
The Met Office earlier issued its strongest warning - a red alert - for winds in Scotland and warned parts of England and Wales to "be aware", as temperatures were expected to drop and snowfall was predicted as far south as Birmingham.
Wales flood victims spend night in community centres
10 Jun 2012 Police estimate 1,000 people fled their homes and caravans with around 150 people sheltering in community centres
Hundreds of residents and holidaymakers spent Saturday night in refuge centres after floodwater ravaged their homes and holiday caravans in west Wales.
Around 150 people were evacuated as caravan parks and villages near Aberystwyth were inundated when more than 5 inches (13cm), twice the local average rainfall for June, fell in 24 hours.
As high river levels remained a risk in some areas, police put the overall number of people who fled their homes at 1,000.
BRITAIN is facing its worst summer
July 7, 2012 Cold wet weather ruining family holidays and blighting the Olympics, forecasters warned last night. August is set to be a washout following a miserable July and the wettest June since records began – meaning summer is effectively over. Tivers swelling to breaking point in the Midlands, Yorkshire and Wales.
Monsoon-like downpours hit 85,000 music fans at the T In The Park festival in Kinross, Scotland, and 28,000 Formula 1 spectators camping for the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone. Race meetings today in Nottingham and Carlisle were cancelled while play was delayed on all courts at Wimbledon – other than Centre Court.
UK has experienced its weirdest weather
Oct. 18, 2012 The UK has experienced its weirdest" weather on record in the past few months. The driest spring for over a century gave way to the wettest recorded April to June in a dramatic turnaround never documented before.
25 Nov 2012
More than 800 homes flooded by storms in England and Wales, Environment Agency says - @BBCBreaking
Gods wrath on nations which curse Israel - the EU is cursing Israel
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UK braced for horrendous weather
23 Mar 2013 Britain is bracing itself for more horrendous weather conditions which are believed to have claimed a first victim, closed hundreds of schools and brought travel chaos.
A landslide and floodwater in Cornwall, thought to have been triggered by torrential rain, smashed through a block of flats partially collapsing the building. Emergency crews and specialist investigators found a woman's body after picking through debris at the Veronica flats in Looe.
The body is believed to be that of Susan Norman, who is in her 60s and police said was unaccounted for, having not been heard from since returning to the flats on Thursday night. More than a dozen residents in Sandplace Road were evacuated after most of the building's front-facing wall crumbled away, with debris and mud crashing on to the back of the property from the road behind it.
More flooding is expected in the South West as heavy rain continued while residents mopped up. Further north, snow blanketed many areas and closed several hundred schools. As forecasters warned this month could be the coldest March in 50 years, officials issued weather and travel warnings dashing any hopes of spring. Thousands of youngsters got a day off school as several hundred shut their doors.
Up to 8in (20.3cm) of snow is expected to hit the worst-affected parts of north west England, North Wales and south west Scotland. Higher areas could even see up to 16in (40.6cm), while bitterly cold gale-force winds create blizzard-like conditions and plunge temperatures down to well below freezing.
John Lee, forecaster with MeteoGroup, said it could be the coldest March in 50 years.
SNOW IN UK
May, 2013 - Snow falls in parts of the south-west and north of England, Wales and Scotland as UK braces for more wind and rain. Snow fell on upland areas in the south-west and north of England, Wales and Scotland, did not last long. The snowiest May in the past century was probably 1979, when 342 weather observation sites reported snow on 2 May. The cold spell lasted through the whole of the first week of that month.
65 mph winds, month's worth of rain in 24 hours
Deadly storm and tidal surge batter northern Europe
6 December 2013 Hurricane-force winds and tidal surges have killed at least seven people in northern Europe, flooded parts of Hamburg and left thousands of homes without electricity.
The storm, called Xaver, blew a tree on to a car in Poraj, northern Poland, killing three people inside.
The storm also caused two deaths in the UK, one in Sweden and one in Denmark.
Dozens of flights have been cancelled, hitting travellers at Berlin Tegel, Copenhagen and smaller airports.
Many rail and ferry services were also cut in Germany and Scandinavia.
In eastern England about 10,000 homes were evacuated in Norfolk and Suffolk. Several homes collapsed into the sea at Hemsby when the storm battered the clifftop.
The Thames Barrier was closed for a second day to protect London from the surge.
Many schools have been closed across the north of Poland and Germany. Winds gusted at nearly 150km/h (93mph) in northern Germany.
In Poland at least 400,000 homes are without electricity because of severed power lines.
Thousands of homes were also left without power in Sweden and Norway on Friday, the Associated Press news agency reports.
The port of Hamburg, which handles a huge amount of European trade, was shut overnight, but has now reopened.
Hurricane-force winds hit EU
EU threatens to punish both Israel
Monster waves slam into UK after US storm
Jan. 6, 2014 LONDON — Waves up to 27 feet (8.2 meters) high slammed into Britain's southwestern coast on Monday, as lashing winds and heavy rain battered parts of the U.K. and coastal residents braced for another round of flooding.
The monster waves were recorded at Land's End, the southwestern tip of the U.K.
In Aberystwyth in Wales, seafront homes, businesses and student residence halls were evacuated as high tides hit the Welsh coast.
The Met Office, Britain's weather forecasting body, warned of wind gusts up to 70 mph (113 kph) and exceptionally large waves along the coasts of Wales, southwest England and Northern Ireland.
At least seven people have died in a wave of stormy weather that has battered Britain since December, including a man killed when his mobility scooter fell into a river in Oxford, southern England.
The Environment Agency issued three severe flood warnings Monday — meaning there is a threat to life and property — for the county of Dorset in southwestern England, as well as more than 300 less serious flood alerts.
APOCALYPTIC Storm heads for UK
Jan 31, 2014 A bad storm is heading across the Atlantic for Britain bringing 3 days of downpours and 150 mph gales.
Rivers already close to overflowing are likely to burst their banks sparking flood warnings.
I call that article over-hyped
Storms batter Britain, wash away rail line, pier
9 Feb 2014 LONDON (AP) — Heavy rain, high tides and strong winds pounded England's southern coast Wednesday, washing away a stretch of rail line, damaging an iconic seaside pier and leaving thousands of homes without power.
A section of seawall under the railway line collapsed at Dawlish in the county of Devon on the southwestern coast, severing the main rail route between London and the region.
"I have been here for 44 years and we haven't had storm damage like we have now," Devon county councilor John Clatworthy said. "The storm last night was unbelievable."
Further east in Brighton, a chunk of the ornate but derelict West Pier, a Victorian landmark, crumbled into the sea.
The storm, which began Tuesday and saw wind gusts of up to 91 mph (146 kph), is the latest of the bad weather that has battered Britain since December.
In the low-lying Somerset Levels, thousands of acres have been under water for more than a month. Police in a helicopter used megaphones to tell residents of more than 150 properties to leave their homes Wednesday as more flooding loomed.
Many residents there say the government has been slow to come to their aid.
Prime Minister David Cameron promised to spend an extra 100 million pounds ($163 million) on flood defense, repairs and maintenance over the next year.
* Posted by BornAgain2 - I combined the 2 threads
UK floods: Thames reaches record water levels
10 February 2014 Thousands of homes along the River Thames are threatened with flooding as flood waters continue to rise.
16 severe flood warnings are in place, including 14 in Berkshire and Surrey and two in Somerset.
Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith, has hit back at critics, saying his staff knew "100 times" more about flooding than any politician.
A minister will answer an urgent question put by Labour in the Commons on the flooding crisis later.
Speaking earlier, Lord Smith said: "I have kept my counsel up to now, but when I hear someone criticising the expertise and the professionalism of my staff in the Environment Agency, who know 100 times more about flood risk management than any politician ever does, I'm afraid I'm not going to sit idly by.
"The Environment Agency is bound by the rules that are laid down by government."
His comments came after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said ministers had been given bad advice over river dredging.
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If EU-UK continues to curse Israel, God will continue His righteous judgments on the nation.
You do not boycott Israel without Divine retribution!
Storms 'have changed coastline forever'
London (AFP) - The huge storms and powerful winds that have battered the coast of Britain in recent weeks have caused years' worth of erosion and damage, authorities said on Friday.
On some stretches of coast, the extreme weather has stripped away sand from stretches of beaches to reveal ancient forests, leaving the stumps of 6,000-year-old oaks protruding.
The National Trust, which manages much of the country's most scenic coastline, said the storms have caused problems that it did not expect to have to deal with for years.
Cliffs have crumbled, beaches and sand dunes have been eroded, heavy seas have breached defences and shorelines and harbours have been damaged.
At Birling Gap on the Sussex coast, a popular tourist spot, the speed of erosion has been "breathtaking", according to Jane Cecil, the National Trust general manager for the area.
"We've had about seven years of erosion in just two months. As a result of this loss of coastline, we are having to act now and take down the sun lounge and ice cream parlour, safeguarding the integrity of the rest of the building.
"We have to think long term," she said.
On the west coast Wales, the remains of oak trees dating back to the Bronze Age have been revealed as the sand has been stripped away.
The tree stumps on the beach between Borth and Ynyslas are said by some to be the origins of the legend of "Cantre'r Gwaelod", which according to myth was a kingdom now submerged under the waters of Cardigan Bay.
Meanwhile, as the mopping-up operation continues after widespread flooding in southwest and southeast England, a group of experts said the damage was preventable.
Some of the damage from the recent floods could have been prevented if the correct water management techniques had been used, they said.
The experts from 15 organisations urged Prime Minister David Cameron to convene a conference bringing together government departments and the embattled Environment Agency -- whose initial response to the floods drew heavy criticism -- to put in place measures to prevent a repeat of the floods.
The experts said sustainable drainage systems should be fitted on existing and new buildings and that buildings and land that cannot be properly protected should be made resilient to withstand flooding.
All new housing on flood plains should be resilient when built, they said.
In a sign of how the floods have re-shaped the political agenda, the main opposition Labour Party pledged that investment in flood defences would be a priority if it wins next year's general election.
The Met Office national weather service has said Britain suffered its wettest winter in records dating back more than a century.
Ireland Aran Islands
May 5, 2012 - Mysterious Moving Boulders Are Lifted By Storms.
For years, geologists have puzzled over mysterious boulders that litter the desolate coastline of Ireland's Aran Islands. When nobody is looking, the massive rocks somehow move on their own.
What unseen hand is capable of ripping a multitude of heavy boulders from the craggy cliffs below and tossing them so far inland?
While some researchers contend that only a tsunami could push these stones, new research in The Journal of Geology finds that plain old ocean waves, with the help of some strong storms, did the job. And the waves are still at it.
The sizes of the boulders in the formations range "from merely impressive to mind-bogglingly stupendous," writes geoscientist Rónadh Cox, who led the research with her students from Massachusetts' Williams College
One block the team studied weighs an estimated 78 tons, yet was still cut free from its position 36 feet (10 meters) above sea level and shoved farther inland.
The team used two methods to nail down waves as the culprit. They compared modern high-altitude photos of the coastline to a set of meticulous maps from 1839 that identified the location of the boulders' ridges — nearly 100 years after the most recent tsunami to hit the region, which struck in 1755.
The comparison revealed that boulders moved inland over the years, some at an average rate of nearly 10 feet (3 meters) per decade.
In addition, the team used radiocarbon dating to pinpoint the time when tiny clams secreted in the boulders' cracks were removed from the ocean, a parameter that indicates when waves tossed the peculiar rocks on land. Some appeared in the last 60 years.
"There's a tendency to attribute the movement of large objects to tsunami," Cox said. "We're saying hold the phone. Big boulders are getting moved by storm waves."
Mayo, Ireland earthquake surprises geologists
06 Jun 2012 A LEADING seismologist has said yesterday’s earthquake off the west coast was “unexpected” and poses “very interesting questions for geologists”.
The earthquake, which registered a magnitude of four on the Richter scale, was recorded as 60km west of Belmullet, Co Mayo, at a depth of 3km, at 8.58am.
It was the largest local seismic event ever recorded, according to Tom Blake of the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) and the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies.
It was also the second-largest local earthquake on record in either Britain or Ireland, he said – the first being of 5.4 magnitude on July 19th, 1984, off the west coast of Wales and felt in Waterford and Wicklow.
A 2.7 magnitude tremor was recorded in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, in May 2010.
The Irish Coast Guard recorded instances of structural damage to houses in Erris, Co Mayo, yesterday and the British Geological Survey said the impact was felt in Galway, Mayo and Sligo.
The Geological Survey of Ireland said earthquakes of this magnitude at this depth were “not very unusual although not common”.
However, Mr Blake said that while the earthquake was classified as “moderate”, it was “significant” in that it challenged existing information about seismic activity off the west coast.
Bizarre ice storm lashes Donegal, Ireland in June
June 8, 2012 - Flooding and fierce winds as recent heatwave a fond memory.
Bizarre Irish weather for June has resulted in an ice storm in Donegal and pounding rain and flooding throughout the country. The ice storm left several inches of ice near the village of Termon in Donegal the Irish Independent reported.
Local photojournalist Frank McGettigan stated he had never seen anything like it "No one around here has ever seen anything like this in June before. It was really odd."
A Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn expalined the phenomenon "All rain starts as a frozen product," she said. "A downdraft would push the hail down quicker than it can melt, and this is not unheard of. Also, it's not particularly mild, and because the shower is so intense, the hail doesn't have time to melt and fall as rain."
Feb 8, 2016 - Storm Imogen lashing parts of England and Wales.
Parts of southern Britain have been lashed by heavy rain and winds of up to 96 mph after Storm Imogen swept in. 5,000 homes are without power in England, Wales and the Midlands. Rail services are disrupted, some cross-Channel ferries are cancelled. Coastal areas could see giant waves and local flooding.
UK Storm Imogen brings chaos
My goodness! If economy isnt chaos, Nature is!
Dramatic photos show giant 63 foot waves lashing the coast of Sennen, near Land's End, Britain. Schools had to be closed, major roads and bridges shut and ferry services cancelled as winds of up to 100 mph battered the coast of Britain.
And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars,
and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity
because of the roaring of the sea and the waves