Ns News Online Desk: Disaster in UK–Damage ranging from roofs being blown off to fallen trees is being cleared by emergency services after strong winds battered parts of the country. A high street in Slough, Berkshire, remains closed after a large section of a roof was blown off a block of flats.
Meanwhile scaffolding from a 10-storey block Orpington, London, collapsed overnight due to the high winds. Elsewhere, brick walls have collapsed, trees have blocked roads and rising rivers have led to flood warnings.
The 48-hour period began with Storm Brendan hammering Ireland on Monday, causing thousands of homes to lose power, before bringing winds in excess of 80mph to parts of Scotland and England.Drivers are being warned to expect severe delays heading into Southampton city center. There is a backlog of hundreds of trucks queuing for Dock Gate 20 following the suspension of crane and ship side operations overnight.
Rob Freeman of port operator DP World said: “It’s freakish situation caused by the weather.”Staff are now working to catch up on the backlog of trucks which is expected to take most of the day to clear.