Storm Isha: First fatalities

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Storm Isha, a powerful weather system, has caused widespread disruption across the UK, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Impact on the UK

The storm battered the UK with heavy rain and gusts of up to 99mph. The entire country was subject to wind warnings issued by the Met Office. Northern Ireland Electricity Networks reported that 45,000 customers were without power, while Electricity North West said thousands of properties in north-west England had lost their supply. Widespread power cuts in the Republic of Ireland were affecting more than 170,000 properties.

Fallen trees have affected transport, with Traffic Scotland reporting that stretches of the M9 and M74 were among roads closed throughout the night. High winds forced the closure of the Tay Road Bridge, M48 Severn Bridge and the A66 in Durham and Cumbria between the A1 (M) and the M6.

Rail and Air Travel Disruptions

ScotRail services have been suspended since 7pm on Sunday and were not expected to resume until around noon on Monday as dozens of lines were closed due to fallen trees and flooding. East Midlands Railway has said delays and alterations to its services are likely. Avanti West Coast warned of changes and delays on Monday and said no passengers should attempt to travel between Preston and Scotland until services are due to resume at 9am.

Air traffic control restrictions are in place, leading to flight cancellations and causing many planes to divert.

Human Toll

According to recent reports, Storm Isha has unfortunately resulted in the loss of two lives. The full extent of the storm’s impact is still being assessed. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this severe weather event. Please stay safe and follow local advisories.

Aftermath and Recovery

As the clean-up operation begins, the focus will be on restoring power and transport networks, and ensuring the safety of residents. The full extent of the damage caused by Storm Isha is yet to be determined. However, the resilience and spirit of the UK’s residents have been evident as communities come together to support each other in these challenging times.

In the face of adversity, the UK stands strong, proving once again that it can weather any storm.

Written by: Patryk Zbik

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