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Storm Brendan brings damaging winds and flooding to United Kingdom and Ireland

Wednesday January 15, 2020 - 09:40 EDT
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Waves swept over passing traffic as wind and rain from Storm Brendan lashed UK's western coast - ABC

A powerful storm has wreaked havoc in large parts of the UK and Ireland, bringing flooding and high winds.

Storm Brendan hit Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland hard on Monday evening local time, leaving about 9,500 homes in Northern Ireland without power, before it was restored at all except 800 by late on Sunday night, according to the BBC.

Flash flooding hit coastal areas, where waves crashed over seawalls and across the bonnets of nearby cars.

Footage of the carnage included a bus taking on water as passengers watched.

In Galway, Ireland, a man was seen apparently struggling to climb out of the water after going for a swim. Video shows him grimly holding on to a ladder as large waves crash over him.

Local man Tommy Roddy who shared his footage of the swimmer assured local media the man escaped the water unharmed.

"The man is fine, he only went in for a dip," Mr Roddy said.

"Not too long after he got out another man got in and stayed in for a bit."

Driving in the storm proved difficult, especially for those in coastal regions as waves washed over their cars.

The Irish Coast Guard advised the public to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers during the storm.

In Scotland severe winds and flooding forced the cancellation of ferry services.

Train lines along the coast were also closed as waves crashed over the tracks.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) issued 32 flood warnings and 16 flood alerts.

In England flights were diverted away from Gatwick Airport south of London.

Gatwick Airport officials said two Wizz Air flights, four easyJet services and one Norwegian Air flight were diverted. One easyJet flight from Edinburgh was forced to land at Birmingham.

Gusts of more than 80 kilometres per hour were expected to batter parts of Britain on Tuesday, with the Met Office warning the weather would only get worse throughout the day, especially in England.


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