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Storm Ciaran to continue in Britain with 'unsettled period' of weather to come

Storm Ciaran to continue in Britain with 'unsettled period' of weather to come

Storm Ciaran left 150,000 homes without power on Thursday.

Storm Ciaran is set to continue in Britain with an 'unsettled period' of weather to come.

Almost 90 flood warnings and over 235 flood alerts have been issued after the south coast and the Channel Islands were battered with heavy rain and gusts of up to 100mph on Thursday (2 November).

Nearly 150,000 homes were left without power and by 4pm on Thursday, around 11,300 properties still had no electricity.

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) said: “By working together in very challenging conditions, so far today network operators have reconnected 92% of customers affected by storm-related power cuts.

“While difficult conditions remain, with violent winds forecast until the end of the day, teams from across the country are working together to continue to reconnect customers where it is safe to do so.”

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On Sunday (5 November), thousands of people were also left without water as Storm Ciaran caused problems at a treatment works.

Thames Water said it was 'really sorry about the continuing water supply problems' suffered by people in areas such as Guildford and Godalming, Surrey, saying that the storm had created issues at the Shalford water treatment works.

It said it was dealing with incidents involving reports of no water or low pressure, while Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said that Thames Water had told him that at least 13,500 homes had been affected by the issue, by 2.50pm, and a further 6,500 were expected to lose supply shortly.

By Sunday evening Hunt tweeted: “They have significantly reduced water turbidity and are hopeful that the alarms will not trip once it has gone through.”

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Now, the Met Office also expect unsettled weather to last throughout Remembrance Weekend.

Their long range forecast from Friday 10 November to Sunday 19 November reads: "Remaining predominantly unsettled through this period.

"Low pressure is likely to slowly track east across northern areas of the UK at the end of the coming week, bringing further rain or showers to many areas.

"There is also the potential for some further windy weather at times, both from the low tracking across northern UK, but also from a secondary low that may run past southern areas at the very start of this period."

Tony Wardle, Deputy Chief Meteorologist with the Met Office, said: "The UK forecast for the coming weeks highlights an unsettled period with spells of wind and rain interspersed with clearer conditions.

"There isn’t anything to justify media suggestions of four storms to hit Britain.

"The conditions are typical for the time of year."

Featured Image Credit: Andrew Aitchison/In pictures/Getty Images

Topics: Weather, UK News