Storm Isha left thousands of Britons without power and disrupted all transport: flights and trains cancelled.

Storm ‘Isha’, which has kept areas across the United Kingdom on alert since Sunday with winds of up to 145 kilometers per hourhas left thousands of citizens without electricity and has disrupted the transportation network throughout the country.

The country’s Meteorological Office (Met Office) has today issued a ‘yellow’ warning – which points to a risk of weather-related transport disruptions – across the UK.

The electrical network maintenance in Ireland ESB Networks recorded more than 170,000 properties without electricity today, while the operator Electricity North West noted that almost 8,000 homes They had run out of power.

A person watches large waves hit the harbor wall as they sunbathe during Storm Isha in Newhaven, southern Britain, January 22, 2024. REUTERS/Toby Melville (TOBY MELVILLE/)

Also the electrical networks in North Ireland have had to hire hundreds of additional employees in incident centers after some 45,000 clients will contact them to notify that They had lost electricity.

Isha also caused the closure of numerous roads in the country while the railway network Network Rail imposed speed restrictions on most of its routes for safety reasons due to the risk that the storm would cause trees to fall on the tracks or the wind will carry debris.

“Travel disruptions are likely to continue this Monday as crews complete clearing operations to remove trees and debris and operate ‘ghost trains’ to ensure lines are clear before resuming passenger trains,” the company said. in a note.

A fallen branch is seen on a car on Lisburn Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as Storm Isha passes on Sunday, June 21, 2024. (Liam McBurney/PA via AP)
A fallen branch is seen on a car on Lisburn Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as Storm Isha passes on Sunday, June 21, 2024. (Liam McBurney/PA via AP) (Liam McBurney/)

Scottish Railways said no trains would be running until all routes were inspected and damage to the cable network in at least 20 locations was repaired.

Among other incidents, the remains of a garden shed were washed onto the tracks of a Glasgow station and a small fire broke out in the town of Gartcosh when a tree fell on the wiring.

In England, the East Midlands Railway company anticipated “delays and disruptions” for today, while in the aviation industry air traffic control restrictions were enabled for this Monday, which has so far led to flight cancellations and diversions.

Waves hit the wall of the port of Newhaven, southern Great Britain (REUTERS/Toby Melville)
Waves hit the wall of the port of Newhaven, southern Britain (REUTERS/Toby Melville) (TOBY MELVILLE/)

”Due to adverse conditions across the UK, temporary restrictions on air traffic have been put in place. These are only applied to maintain security”a spokesperson for the National Air Traffic Services told local media today.

In the north-east of Scotland it remained in force today until 5.00 GMT a ‘red’ warning -which warns of danger to life- and other ‘amber’ -which refer to very dangerous weather situations- until 6:00 GMT in much of the country.

The Met indicated that “everyone” in the UK has been affected by this stormwith 28 flood warnings in England and 50 in Scotland, and is expected to ease throughout the day although the wind, along with sunny intervals and showers, will continue to blow throughout the day.

Waves hit a structure on the coast of Ireland during Storm Isha in Dublin, Ireland, in this screenshot obtained from a social media video.  Irish Coast Guard in Dun Laoghaire/via REUTERS
Waves hit a structure on the coast of Ireland during Storm Isha in Dublin, Ireland, in this screenshot obtained from a social media video. Irish Coast Guard in Dun Laoghaire/via REUTERS (IRISH COAST GAURD IN DUN LAOGHAI/)

Passage through the Netherlands

The Netherlands declared this Monday the yellow alert after Storm Isha passed through the country this morning, leaving fallen trees that have caused problems in road traffic and strong gusts of wind, which are expected to continue today with a force of up to 90 kilometers per hour in the coastal area .

In the regions of North Holland and the Frisian Islands applied a code orange this morningsince the provincial authorities measured a force of wind up to 110 kilometers per hourwhich began to be reduced at 08:30 Dutch time (07:30 GMT), which allowed the alert level to be lowered to yellow.

According to municipal authorities, Isha has not caused serious material damage as it passed through the Netherlands, mainly leaving images of fallen trees on roads, damage to construction scaffolding in several municipalities and a panel on the roof of an apartment building in the city of Delft.

Code orange in the northern European islands due to storms.  REUTERS/Carl Recine
Code orange in the northern European islands due to storms. REUTERS/Carl Recine (CARL RECINE/)

The remains of branches and a trunk on the road have led to the suspension of rail traffic between the Dutch cities of Sittard and Maastricht, until the tree is removed.

For its part, Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport reduced the number of runways available for flights as a precautionary measure and the Dutch airline KLM canceled 65 flights to European destinations and originswhich were planned for this Monday in anticipation of the arrival of Storm Isha.

The storm is expected to decrease throughout the morning and maximum temperatures will reach up to 10 degrees, although the strength of the wind will increase again tomorrow afternoon and during the night of Wednesday, especially in the coastal area, but meteorologists They do not expect a new storm for the next few days.

(with information from EFE)

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