Destruction Predicted As Storm Francis Heads Towards Britain

Storm Francis has been lashing the United Kingdom with unreasonable strong gusts of nearly 80 mph (129 kph) and heavy rain.

Jessica David

August 26, 2020

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Homes have been flooded, campers rescued, and road and rail travel amid the severe weather. A major police search took place north of Cardiff in the River Taff after reports that two people went into the water and will resume on Monday (August 31). Warnings are in place for rain and wind across the United Kingdom (UK), with more than 80 mm of rainfall in the Lake District. Emergency services have urged the public to take extra care in the stormy conditions across the UK, particularly along the coast. As of 13.00 BST, wind gusts of 78 mph had been recorded at the Needles, on the Isle of Wight, and 63 mph at Mumbles, on the Gower Peninsula.

Several places in England and Wales have provisionally recorded their highest ever gusts of wind in August-including 68 mph at Pembrey Sands, 52 mph at Shobdon in Herefordshire, and 49 mph at Pershore in Worcestershire. The Meteorological Office said the Environment Agency had so far recorded 86 mm of rain in the Lake District and 74 mm of rain in Mid Glamorgan. South Wales Police said it was involved in two separate water searches.

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