Barra brought further chaos to UK shores, just weeks after Storm Arwen battered the country with high winds and heavy rain – leaving many without power for almost a fortnight.
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The UK sits in the path of predominately westerly winds where low pressure weather systems, (and associated clouds and rain) frequently move eastwards or north-eastwards across the North Atlantic and then across the UK. This brings unsettled and windy weather, particularly in winter. Summers in the UK are usually cooler than those on the European continent whereas our winters are often much milder. However, experts anticipate that
climate change will alter the UK’s weather, leading to changes in patterns of rainfall and temperature. This has the potential to cause more frequent
extreme weather events
The ‘Burns Day’ storm on 25 January 1990 killed 47 people across the British Isles. The ‘St Jude’s Day’ storm on 28 October 2013 caused four deaths as a result of falling trees, severe disruption to transport and left more than 850,000 homes without electricity.
The October storms caused significantly more damage to trees as they still held their leaves, making it easier for strong winds to damage or uproot them. In February 2001, heavy snow and strong winds caused travel disruption for up to five days and brought down power lines across Northern Ireland.
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Policies must be put in place to prevent unnecessary deaths - resulting from power cuts.
SMARTER BACK UP POWER - The SmartNet™ system is at the moment just a 1:20 scale model. Governments have known about this system for years. It was presented to the Dti for a Smart Award in 1998. The Department for Trade and Industry replied, that there was no future for a system based on energy storage. They wanted hydrogen solutions. It seemed to pass them by that this system included hydrogen, and made provision for ammonia and methanol - by way of future proofing.
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