Stormpocalypse: Worst storm ‘in quarter of a century’ heading for UK

People look on as high waves strike the harbour wall at Porthcawl, south Wales on February 8 2014. (AFP Photo / Geoff Caddick)

People look on as high waves strike the harbour wall at Porthcawl, south Wales on February 8 2014. (AFP Photo / Geoff Caddick)

Britain is readying itself for a historic storm set to batter its coast this weekend, with warnings of strong gales and enormous waves. The center of approaching ‘Mega Storm Charlie’ is more intense than the Great Storm of 1987, meteorologists say.

“Gales across England and Wales, severe across southwest and
southern coasts”
are anticipated as early as Saturday night,
according to the Met Office. Winds of up to 80mph have been
detected, accompanied by up to 1.6 inches (40mm) of rain. The
rain is expected to batter the UK for six hours.

Superstorm Charlie is currently measuring at an even lower
pressure than the 1987 storm, which was caused by a deep low of
951 millibars. Charlie is registering 948 millibars – even lower.

The storm is expected to hurl itself onto the UK at roughly 2000
GMT and last through the night until Sunday morning. Coastal
regions are preparing for 100mph gales. Severe weather warnings
have been issued by the Met Office for the UK.

Flood warnings are in place for large areas of Britain. Waves of
up to 50 feet could batter the already drenched Cornish coast,
according to weather forecasters on The intense
weather conditions are likely to continue to pile more pressure
on the already disrupted travel and power networks.

Some 1,500 troops have been put on six hours’ notice by the
Ministry of Defence, in case they are needed to come to the
rescue of victims of the floods, according to a spokesperson.

Hundreds of Royal Marines have already been deployed to the
southwest of the country, along with army engineers, to help
secure an important stretch of rail that has already been
destroyed by the storms.

The Environment Agency has warned of a “significant
of flooding on the coasts of Devon, Devonshire,
Cornwall, and southwest England, with the issued warnings
spreading as far north as Hull. Two “severe” flood
warnings have been issued, meaning that the weather could be life
threatening in affected areas.

January was already the wettest on record that Britain had

Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, Ian
Liddell-Grainger, told the BBC that river levels in his
constituency are still “enormously high,” while being
heavily critical of the Environment Agency for not dredging the

“We have been let down by London,” he said. “On the
ground they [Environment Agency staff] are working hard. Up in
London I do not know what they are doing,”
he said.

However, the Environment Agency was resisting the demands of both
MPs and farmers to dredge the area.

“Dredging is often not the best long-term or economic
solution and increased dredging of rivers on the Somerset Levels
would not have prevented the recent widespread flooding,”

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson stated recently.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron overruled him and ordered the
Environment Agency to step away from its opposition to the
expensive practice.

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