So the storms that have battered the UK in the closing days of 2013 are destined to continue causing havoc as we bluster into 2014… as if we hadn’t had enough wind, rain and flooding to last us a while. At least we’re not under feet of snow, though I’m not sure which I’d prefer? Snow always looks nice when it’s fresh, but causes just as much if not more disruption… it’s a hard choice.
I guess we’ve been lucky here in Monmouthshire as far as the recent high winds are concerned. That said we’ve still had gusts in excess of 80mph and the amount of rain has been prodigious. There has certainly been plenty of damage to trees, buildings, fences, etc. and some areas have been without electricity and under water over the Christmas period… that certainly puts a dampener on the festivities.
According to the press:
Gales and torrential rain will usher in the new year for most parts of Britain as a fresh storm sweeps in from the Atlantic, forecasters have said.
There will be no letup for the storm-hit south-west of England and Wales as it prepares to face the worst of further heavy downpours on New Year’s Day.
The Environment Agency said it expected to issue several additional flood warnings for England and Wales on New Year’s Eve and into 2014 due to a further storm heading in from the Atlantic.
There were eight flood warnings and 119 flood alerts in place across England and Wales on Monday, with saturated grounds in many areas caused by a week of downpours.
So it looks like we’ll be seeing many more images like this one taken in Porthcawl last week:
I wonder if Tilly would like to get blown about on the coast so I can take some photos of the next lot of stormy weather? I doubt it… she hates being wet and cold!