There are warnings about dangerous coastal waves and travel delays, flooding, and possible damage to buildings when Storm Barra sweeps across Ireland and the UK.
Engineers were engaged in a race against time to restore power to about 1,600 homes in north-east England still cut off after the havoc wreaked by Storm Arwen 10 days ago.
A rare red alert was issued for Cork and Kerry in the Republic of Ireland ahead of Storm Barra, which is due to make landfall on Tuesday and Wednesday, with gusts of more than 80mph forecast.
In the UK has issued yellow warnings . Annie Shuttleworth, Met Office meteorologist, stated that the storm would bring windy weather throughout the UK and snow to parts of Scotland.
Barra is expected to arrive Tuesday morning with winds of up to 80mph along the west coasts of England, Wales and Scotland. This will coincide with high tides. Shuttleworth stated that this means there will be large waves and a risk to lives in these areas.
Gusts of up to 50mph are expected in inland areas, and are “likely to cause quite widespread travel disruption and potential road closures, delays to rail and ferries and so on. She also said that there is the possibility of buildings being damaged.
A separate warning was issued for Northern Ireland regarding strong winds and heavy rainfall. It ran from 6am Tuesday to 9am Wednesday. Flooding, unfavorable driving conditions, damage to buildings and power outages could result from the storm.
Forecasters warn that Tuesday’s driving conditions could be dangerous. There will be heavy rain in the south and snow in the north. Blizzards and snowfall as deep as 20cm are expected at higher levels.
The good news is that Barra will not be as strong and destructive as Arwen. Arwen brought winds up to 98mph, which caused the most severe damage to the electricity grid in a generation. This resulted in power outages for over 1m homes.
The number of homes without power was around 1 ,600 by Monday. Northern Power Grid stated that it expects power to be restored to these homes by Tuesday.
Some residents weren’t holding their breath. Stewart Sexton, a resident of Alnwick, stated that he was promised power back every day since the explosion.
” “It’s exhausting and it’s wearing down, it’s a constant concern, and it seems to bring new problems every day,” he stated. “Every day seems to bring a new problem.”
In the Commons, Labour accused the government of treating people in the north of England and Scotland as second-class citizens.
Ed Miliband, shadow climate change secretary, quoted a Conservative councillor. “If this had happened in London, or the south-east, everything would have been thrown at it.” These are his words,” Miliband said. Miliband said, “Aren’t people from the north entitled to believe he is right?” They have been treated as second-class citizens.”
Miliband said lessons had not been learned from previous storms. “We’ve been there before. Multiple reports were created after the 2013 hurricanes. They identify communication problems, vulnerability of the network and complacency among the companies. I have them here.
“Isn’t the only conclusion that the government has been asleep at the wheel, not just in the last 10 days but for the best part of a decade?”
The energy minister, Greg Hands, said it was “completely unacceptable” that 1,600 homes were still without power on Monday, but added: “The situation is improving each hour.”