Storm Barney: Disruption to power supplies and travel
- 18 November 2015
- From the section UK
Thousands of homes were left without electricity and trains were disrupted after Storm Barney brought winds of up to 85mph to parts of the UK.
Barney - the second UK storm strong enough to be named by the Met Office - saw winds peak on Tuesday evening, before conditions calmed overnight.
Most of the homes cut off in Wales, southern and eastern England and the Midlands have now been reconnected.
Severe weather warnings for wind remain in place for northern parts of the UK.
The Met Office is forecasting more strong winds of up to 70mph for Wednesday night in southern and central Scotland, parts of Northern Ireland and northern England.
Storm Barney left the UK at about 02:00 GMT on Wednesday, after gusts of 85mph in Aberdaron and 83mph in South Yorkshire were recorded.
In other developments:
- Thousands of homes served by Western Power - mainly in Herefordshire, Lincolnshire and Shropshire - were cut off but most have now been reconnected.
- More than 6,000 homes in Wales, supplied by Scottish Power, were without electricity at one point overnight, but almost all are now reconnected.
- UK Power Networks, which serves London and parts of east and south-east England, said there had been "isolated incidents" in its region on Tuesday night, but the weather had not caused widespread power cuts.
- Fallen trees caused delays on several train lines, with services between Birmingham and Wolverhampton among those affected.
- The Environment Agency has a number of flood warnings in place - meaning "flooding is expected and immediate action is required".
- Thousands of homes in the Republic of Ireland are without power.
Network Rail said items including a garden shed, a gazebo and a trampoline had blown onto lines.
In Birmingham, a mast fell in high winds at the Fort Shopping Park. The park's management tweeted that no one had been hurt.
An apartment block in Greater Manchester had to be evacuated on Tuesday evening after the gable end of the roof collapsed.
A BMW parked outside the property in Leigh was destroyed by a hail of bricks and masonry in winds of up to 60 mph.
Dean Bates, who lives in the building, said: "I had just walked through the doors and I heard this almighty crash and I virtually jumped out of my skin."
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Several energy companies have said extra staff are on duty to repair damage and react to further problems.
The Met Office has warned there could be further flooding and disruption when more rain falls on already saturated ground in the next few days.
Barney is the second storm considered strong enough to be given a name under a new system introduced by the Met Office and its Irish counterpart, Met Eireann.
The aim of the pilot project is to help raise awareness of severe weather and any public safety issues.
Forecasters said the unsettled weather was the result of a series of low-pressure systems moving in from the Atlantic.
They predicted a change in the weather at the end of the week, with colder air spreading from the north and bringing wintry showers to northern parts of the UK.
Storm Abigail caused widespread damage last week, leaving more than 20,000 homes without power and forcing schools to close in Shetland and the Western Isles.
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