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Economic impact from December’s UK storms could top $4 billion (£2.8 million), says PwC

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

As a result of storms Desmond, Eva and Frank, the UK could be facing a crippling $4 billion bill, according to PwC. Leading industry experts PwC has raised its estimates that relate to the economic impact storms Desmond, Eva and Frank will have on the UK. With the figure now thought to top $4 billion, the combined costs of December’s storms could exceed those of the 2007 storms that hit north-east, central and southern England, and Wales. The storms caused devastation over the Christmas period – Storm Desmond caused flooding to more than 5,200 houses in Cumbria and Lancashire alone. Over 20,000 homes were left without power, rail links were disrupted, a large number of schools were shut and many bridges were damaged. “The economic and physical impact December’s storms have had on the UK are dramatic and they have truly left behind a trail of destruction,” says Fraser Ruthven, Head of Marketing and Growth at London Drainage Facilities. “The estimated $4 billion that we need to set aside to tackle the aftermath is set to increase even more as there are still many flood warnings in place in parts of the UK.” For more information on the services offered at London Drainage Facilities (LDF) please contact the company today.

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Storm Frank: What’s In a Name?

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Storm cloudsThe Met Office Naming System for Storms

The Met Office has recently brought in a naming strategy for storms in order to raise public awareness about extreme weather events. You can’t fail to have noticed the atrocious weather that has dominated the headlines over the Christmas period. Communities in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Northumberland and parts of Scotland have been significantly affected by rainfall which has reached up to 300% of the average precipitation levels for the time of year. Whole towns were closed off for days as the roads running through them no longer existed and resembled rivers with bobbing cars rather than high streets. This also sadly meant that thousands of homes and businesses were damaged by floodwater entering the ground floors of their properties, causing dangerous damage to electrical systems and ruining personal possessions in the process.

El Niño to Blame

Where does the blame lie for this flooding crisis? The north of England and Scotland had seen bad weather for several weeks in the build-up to this disaster which saw Storm Frank officially announced by the Met Office on the 28th December, 2015. The record-breaking amount of rainfall has been attributed to a series of Atlantic depressions that have been caused by the El Niño. This is a continued warming of the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean which has caused abnormally warm waters occurring between the South American coast and the International Date Line. This increase in temperature has had a knock-on effect on the rest of the world’s weather.

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The Met Office, along with Ireland’s Met Éireann have taken the step of naming these Atlantic Depressions as Storms, starting in alphabetical order and alternating between male and female names. The weather events to be named must be a forecasted storm that

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