UK weather forecast LIVE – Storm Franklin hits England causing flash flooding and rail and motorway chaos

The Energy Secretary says extreme weather could become a UK climate feature

Extreme weather, like the storms that have hit the UK, “could” become a feature of the country’s climate, a minister said.

Three storms have battered the country in the past week, including Typhoon Eunice, which left 1.4 million households without electricity – some for 72 hours and with just under 30,000 people still without electricity.

The Environment Agency has urged communities in parts of the West Midlands and the north of England, particularly those along the River Severn, to prepare for significant flooding until Wednesday following heavy rainfall from Hurricane Franklin.

It has issued hundreds of flood warnings across the UK, as well as two rare “severe” warnings for the River Severn at Wharfage, Ironbridge and Wribbenhall, Bewdley, where rising water levels pose “risks of danger” significant for life”, with some residents asked. to consider evacuating their homes.

Business and Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng, speaking in the Commons on Monday, said “four people have died tragically in storm-related incidents”.

He continued: “Some people, especially in the south and east of England, have been without power for more than 72 hours.

“I want to reassure them that we have teams of dedicated engineers working day and night to get them reconnected as soon as possible.

“Bad weather conditions continue to hamper those efforts but I am pleased to say that as of now, more than 98% of the households affected by the storm, more than 1.4 million customers, have access to electricity. back, supplies have been restored.”

“However, as of 4 a.m. today, there are still less than 30,000 households without electricity.” UK weather forecast LIVE – Storm Franklin hits England causing flash flooding and rail and motorway chaos


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