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UK Weather: Storm Bella hits Britain


Storm Bella hits Britain: Hundreds were left without power as the wind hit 100 km / h with dozens of new flood warnings after people were forced to leave their homes on Christmas Day

  • Met Office said a gust of wind had been recorded at 83 mph in the coastal village of Aberdaron in north Wales
  • In Cornwall, more than 100 houses were without electricity in the Plymouth and Truro regions on Saturday evening
  • In much of the UK there are yellow warnings of rain and two flood threats to life

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Storm Bella struck Britain overnight, leaving hundreds of people without power as the wind hit 83 mph and dozens of new flood warnings were put in place.

Very high winds and heavy rain lashed the British coast, particularly in parts of Wales and southern England, where severe storms damaged buildings on coastal and rolling hills.

The Met Office announced that a gust of wind at 83 miles per hour was recorded on Saturday night in the coastal village of Aberdaron in North Wales.

In much of the UK there are yellow warnings of rain as well as two messages of danger to life near Northampton. An amber warning for wind also extends from Aberystwyth to Margate – meaning transportation disruptions are likely to occur in the south.

In Cornwall, more than 100 houses were without electricity in the Plymouth and Truro regions on Saturday evening. Around 50 houses also experienced power outages in Bristol and Bath due to the storm.

Storm Bella struck the UK leaving hundreds of people without power as the wind hit 100 km / h and dozens of new flood warnings were introduced. Pictured: Flooding on Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland

A canal boat is assisted by a water search and rescue team after it gets into trouble in Bedford, where the River Great Ouse burst its banks

A canal boat is assisted by a water search and rescue team after it gets into trouble in Bedford, where the River Great Ouse burst its banks

In much of the UK there are yellow warnings of rain and two flood threats to life. An amber warning for wind is also provided - meaning that transportation is likely to be disrupted in the south

In much of the UK there are yellow warnings of rain and two flood threats to life. An amber warning for wind is also provided – meaning that transportation is likely to be disrupted in the south

Motorway traffic signs indicating strong winds and extreme weather outside Edinburgh in Scotland this evening

Motorway traffic signs indicating strong winds and extreme weather outside Edinburgh in Scotland this evening

Floods in St Ives, Cambridgeshire on Boxing Day after the River Great Ouse burst its banks. It comes when Storm Bella struck Britain overnight

Floods in St Ives, Cambridgeshire on Boxing Day after the River Great Ouse burst its banks. It comes when Storm Bella struck Britain overnight

Aerial view of Bedford town where 1,300 houses along the River Ouse had to be evacuated after severe flooding on Christmas Day

Aerial view of Bedford town where 1,300 houses along the River Ouse had to be evacuated after severe flooding on Christmas Day

This is what the same area looked like before the storms hit over Christmas. Very strong winds and heavy rain lashed Britain, particularly in parts of Wales and southern England

This is what the same area looked like before the storms hit over Christmas. Very strong winds and heavy rain lashed Britain, particularly in parts of Wales and southern England

In Wales, 110 households in Cardiff lost electricity and more than 50 in the Swansea area were left without electricity. There was also a power outage near Telford 150 116 houses near Nottingham.

The Met Office's amber weather warning for parts of Wales and southern England says the trip could be suspended from Saturday evening to Sunday morning.

It was also warned that flying debris could cause injury or death, and buildings could be damaged by the storm.

There are currently severe flooding warnings at the Cargenhoe Mill Caravan Site and near the River Nene at the Billing Aquadrome and nearby industrial estates.

The ferry operator DFDS announced that its connections from Newhaven, East Sussex, to Dieppe, France, on Saturday evening and on Sunday for the whole day had been suspended due to the unclear weather in the canal.

The Met Office's amber weather warning for parts of Wales and southern England says the trip could be interrupted from Saturday evening to Sunday morning

The Met Office's amber weather warning for parts of Wales and southern England says the trip could be interrupted from Saturday evening to Sunday morning

People standing on a bridge looking at a flooded area in Great Barford, near Bedford. Many in the area had to leave their homes on Christmas Day

People standing on a bridge looking at a flooded area in Great Barford, near Bedford. Many in the area had to leave their homes on Christmas Day

People walk on Dublin's Great South Wall as the wind picks up as Storm Bella approaches. Sunday will disrupt much of the UK

People walk on Dublin's Great South Wall as the wind picks up as Storm Bella approaches. Sunday will disrupt much of the UK

People watch as Storm Bella hits Porthcawl at high tide in Porthcawl on Boxing Day evening as rain and high winds affect parts of the UK

People watch as Storm Bella hits Porthcawl at high tide in Porthcawl on Boxing Day evening as rain and high winds affect parts of the UK

On Christmas Day, the Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning for areas along the Great Ouse River

On Christmas Day, the Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning for areas along the Great Ouse River

Cars drive through a flooded road in Great Barford near Bedford, UK. The Bedford International Athletic Stadium was used as an emergency relief center for those who had left their homes

Cars drive through a flooded road in Great Barford near Bedford, UK. The Bedford International Athletic Stadium was used as an emergency relief center for those who had left their homes

Waves crash over the lighthouse in Porthcawl, South Wales as Storm Bella hits Britain. There are dozens of flood warnings for Sunday

Waves crash over the lighthouse in Porthcawl, South Wales as Storm Bella hits Britain. There are dozens of flood warnings for Sunday

Windsurfers hit the water at Barassie Beach in Troon on the west coast of Scotland on Boxing Day before Storm Bella strikes

Windsurfers hit the water at Barassie Beach in Troon on the west coast of Scotland on Boxing Day before Storm Bella strikes

On Sunday, parts of southwest England and Wales will fall 25 mm of rain – and 60 mm on plateaus.

It comes after people were forced to leave their homes on Christmas Day due to flooding after heavy rain over the weekend.

Residents of 1,300 houses on the River Great Ouse in Bedfordshire were advised to move out on Christmas Day after the high water levels.

The Bedford International Athletic Stadium was used as an emergency relief center for those who had left their homes. Local fire chief Paul Fuller said families were facing a "terrible situation" made worse by Covid restrictions.

More rain is expected in Bedfordshire on Sunday and Monday.

Bella follows relatively calm and cold conditions across the UK on Friday, with early morning snowfall in some areas.

Homes in Cirencester, Gloucestershire were also at risk of flooding from the heavy rain, and council officials provided sandbags to those affected.

In Ireland, Met Eireann issued a nationwide yellow wind and rain warning that lasted until 4 a.m. on Sunday.

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