Storms hits the UK

2nd February, 2016

Winds of over 90mph have been recorded in parts of Scotland after Storm Henry hit Britain on Monday. 

The UK’s eighth winter storm comes just days after Storm Gertrude, which swept in from the eastern coast of the US and saw rain and snow sweep across the country. Storm Gertrude whipped up winds so strong that thousands of homes were left without electricity and, in Shetland, gusts of over 100mph were recorded. Firefighters were called out in Omagh, Northern Ireland after a pet rabbit was blown onto the roof of her owners’ house!

Storm Henry has caused disruption to transport and public services throughout Scotland, including fallen trees, cancelled ferries, closed schools and overturned lorries. Following an amber ‘be prepared’ warning from the Met Office, a number of bridges have been closed, and Traffic Scotland has advised motorists against travelling in the torrid conditions.

The Met Office’s Chief Operational Meterologist Dan Suri has warned of “several periods of severe weather forecast to affect the UK over the coming days”. 

With strong winds and heavy rain forecast, the onset of Storm Henry risks further flooding in Scotland, where 28 flood warnings are in place following flooding devastation in December. In addition, snow is expected in northern, western and central Britain over higher ground. 

Storm Henry is the latest spell of unsettled weather in what has been an unpredictable winter. Can your business afford to be unprepared for the extremes of winter weather? Call Ice Watch on 01728 633900 to find out how we can protect your business from threats like Storm Henry.

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Storm Gertrude

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