Storm Frank has left thousands of homes without power and flights delayed after battering the UK with extreme weather. Widespread disruption has been seen in Northern Ireland, with thousands of homes experiencing power cuts. The storm is now set to heap more misery on flood-ravaged homeowners in northern England today, with officials warning them to brace themselves for further damage from torrential rain and gale-force winds.
The power companies experienced faults which caused more than 2,000 homes to lose power. Passengers on nine flights into Belfast International Airport were temporarily held on planes as high winds of up to 55 knots, about 63 mph, prevented ground crews getting access steps in place
More misery is set to hit the flood-hit homes of northern England, with a fresh wave of gale-force winds and torrential rain on its way within hours. A Belfast International Airport spokesman added:
"The high wind warning lasts until the early hours of Wednesday morning. Some airlines have cancelled flights, so we would ask passengers to please contact their airline for updates."
It followed another day of chaos caused by bad weather, particularly in the Yorkshire area. On Tuesday 29thth December 2015, soldiers were sent in to evacuate homes around a storm-battered bridge after it started to collapse, prompting fears of flooding and a possible gas explosion. A severe flood warning was issued for the bridge over the River Wharfe in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, with the Environment Agency (EA) warning people to leave immediately because of a "significant risk to life". The 18th-century bridge started to collapse into the swollen river at around 5pm, with a crowd gathering as masonry fell into the swirling torrent.
Culled from DailyMirror