Storm Debi got the UK all wet and wild with heavy rain and crazy winds causing a ruckus in different parts of the country.
Debi started its show in Northern Ireland and Ireland, then hit Wales before bidding adieu to the North Sea.
Northern Ireland faced some issues—closed roads and a bit of trouble with public transport. Power outages hit around 3,000 folks, especially in places like Craigavon, Newry, and Downpatrick.
The Environment Agency was on guard, issuing 15 flood warnings and about 102 lesser alerts.
Wales faced gusts up to 77mph, while Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man also felt the brunt of strong winds.
The place was dotted with warnings—amber ones for parts of Northern Ireland and northwest England and yellow ones covering chunks of northern England and Wales.
Debi brewed in Ireland, with earlier red weather warnings. Power cuts hit about 100,000 homes and businesses.
The storm caused chaos—some injuries in Limerick from flying debris, schools shut down, and a plane diverted from landing in Dublin due to the storm.
Experts talk about possible local flooding, especially in Northern Ireland and eastern Scotland. Expect rough conditions along the Irish Sea coast, maybe some falling trees or branches, and buildings taking a beating.
The Met Office warned about possible home and business flooding, a risk to life from swift floodwater, and travel disruptions like road closures, affecting trains, flights, and ferries.
British Airways canceled a few flights, and air traffic controllers had to limit landings per hour due to the storm.
The Met Office predicts heavy showers, maybe with thunder, in southern England. They advise caution, especially in thundery weather.
It’s not the first rodeo—Storm Ciarán caused floods in the Channel Islands and southern England, while Babet soaked around 600 spots in Lincolnshire.
Climate and Storms
Scientists think a warmer atmosphere could mean more heavy rains and storms. But linking each event to climate change isn’t straightforward and takes time. The world’s heating up, and unless governments cut emissions, it won’t stop.