Storm Franklin to strike UK as amber warning issued by Met Office
Storm Franklin is battering the UK: rivers have burst their banks, shops and stations are inundated, and more than 300 flood alerts and warnings are in place.
Homes have been evacuated and people have been warned not to travel amid winds of more than 70mph.
It’s the third storm to strike in four days, causing more damage and disruption.
There has been severe flooding in Northern Ireland, and people in Manchester and Yorkshire have had too flee their homes. In Llandinam, Wales, seven people were rescued by boat after their houses were flooded.
National Rail is advising travelers to check their routes before setting off, train operator Northern has temporarily canceled all its services in the North West, and Southeastern railway and CrossCountry trains are “strongly” advising against travel.
Storm Franklin comes hot on the heels of Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice, who killed three people in the UK and left 1.4 million homes without power. Tens of thousands are still without electricity.
A yellow weather warning is in place across much of England, southwest Scotland and Northern Ireland until 1pm today.
Railway tracks submerged as station hit by major flooding
Severe flooding has left the tracks at Rotherham Central station completely submerged.
The South Yorkshire stop will be shut until Tuesday.
Train operator Northern posted a photograph on social media showing the damage.
Multiple lines have been blocked across Yorkshire.
There is disruption on many of Northern’s routes, including between Sheffield and Manchester, Scarborough and Hull, York and Sheffield, Bradford and Leeds, Chester and Manchester, and Carlisle and Newcastle.
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 12:27
Flooding forces hundreds to evacuate homes as trains canceled across north
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from homes near swelling riverbanks and trains across the north of England have been canceled amid Storm Franklin.
It’s the third major storm in a week and has brought torrential rain and powerful winds to the UK.
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 12:06
Storm Franklin ‘devastating’ for flood-hit town
Flooding has hit businesses hard in Matlock, Derbyshire.
Staff at the local Specsavers have been out with mops, buckets, and a suction hose to clear the floodwaters.
Manager Hannah Fildes told the Independent it was “pretty soul destroying” to see the town inundated again after severe floods in 2019.
She said it was “upsetting and devastating” for shop owners.
The waters have now begun to recede, but surrounding roads are still closed.
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 11:44
Almost 3,000 households in Northern Ireland still without power
It’s the third named storm to hit the region within days and at the peak of the disruption, Northern Ireland Electricity said 10,000 homes were without power.
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Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 11:22
Fallen trees block railway lines
South Western Railway said Network Rail had cleared more than 50 trees from its network since Friday, but more heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday night caused “even more trees to block the lines and further damage to stations and infrastructure”.
It added: “With the wind direction expected to change it is very likely that more trees will come down during Storm Franklin, having been weakened over the last two days.”
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 11:01
Storm Franklin: More than 100 flood alerts across the UK
Environment agencies have issued more than 100 alerts for flooding across the UK.
There are now no severe flood warnings in England. Earlier, there were two rare “danger to life” notices in place for the River Mersey in Didsbury and Northenden.
The River Don burst its banks in the Sprotbrough area of Doncaster, South Yorkshire last night, and police warned people to stay away from dangerous “fast-flowing” water.
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 10:45
Winds to ease at lunchtime – but ‘it’s still pretty strong out there’
Winds will ease around lunchtime after peaking during rush hour, according to the Met Office.
Senior meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said heavy showers lashing northern England and Northern Ireland will move south-eastwards.
But he warned: “It’s still pretty strong out there and it will continue to be strong over the next few hours.”
Storm Franklin’s highest gust of 87mph was recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight on Sunday evening.
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 10:24
M6 closed after lorry crashes into bridge and bursts into flames in high winds
A lorry burst into flames after hitting a bridge on the M6 in Lancashire last night as Storm Franklin lashed the UK with rain and gale force winds.
Lancashire Police said the driver managed to escape with help from motorists and has been taken to hospital.
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 10:04
All Northern trains canceled in North West
Train operator Northern has canceled all its services in the North West amid Storm Franklin.
It said there would be no further trains until at least 10.30am.
“Do not attempt to travel, do not head to stations as there are no alternatives”, a post warned on Twitter.
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 09:43
Thousands without power as Storm Franklin hits Ireland
Nearly 30,000 homes and businesses are without power after Storm Franklin hit Ireland.
Parts of the country are still clearing up after Storm Eunice.
Deirdre Lowe, from Met Eireann, said: “It makes the impacts more risky. Structures have been weakened, tree roots have been weakened. There was a lot of fallen trees this morning.”
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Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 09:26
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.