‘Danger to Life’ Flood Warnings Issued in UK, Hundreds Evacuate as Storm Franklin Makes Landfall

© GLYN KIRKPeople react as a wave crashes over a groyne near the Brighton Palace Pier in Brighton, southern England on February 18, 2022, as Storm Eunice brings high winds across the country.
People react as a wave crashes over a groyne near the Brighton Palace Pier in Brighton, southern England on February 18, 2022, as Storm Eunice brings high winds across the country. - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.02.2022
The newly-named storm is the third in less than a week to pummel the UK, coming in the wake of Storm Eunice that killed three people and left 1.4 million homes without power, and, before that, storm Dudley that hit parts of the North East, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Lancashire.
As clear-up efforts continue across the UK, which remains battered after two weather systems – storm Eunice and storm Dudley – yet another named storm has made landfall - Franklin - with flooding forcing people to evacuate their homes in parts of the country.
The Meteorological Office has issued two weather warnings for Sunday evening and Monday morning, forecasting gale-force winds that could result in “travel delays, road and rail closures", as well as "potential risk to life and property”.

“There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties,” added the Met Office.

An amber wind warning from midnight until 7am on Monday currently covers Northern Ireland, where inland areas in the north and northwest could be pummelled by winds of up to 70 mph.
A milder, yellow warning, is in place for England, Wales and the southwestern edge of Scotland until 1pm on Monday.
Flying debris, stated the Met Office, could present a risk to life or injury, with trees likely to be uprooted and buildings and cars hit by the gale-force winds.
The new storm is also likely to result in more travel chaos, with disruptions and cancellations. Some bridges and roads are also likely to close, according to forecasters.
By Sunday evening there were at least 154 flood warnings issued across England, predominantly in the north. The UK Environment Agency has issued two severe flood warnings for Didsbury and Northenden, Greater Manchester, signalling a risk of “danger to life”.
Concerns that swollen rivers might burst their banks prompted residents in parts of Yorkshire and Manchester to evacuate on Sunday. In south Manchester, the River Mersey reached such troubling levels that residents of at least 430 homes fled for safety.
Throughout Sunday, the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service rushed to rescue people caught unawares by the inclement weather.
The white-domed roof of the O2 arena is seen damaged by the wind, as a red weather warning was issued due to Storm Eunice, in London, Britain, February 18, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.02.2022
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As Franklin follows storm Eunice, that left four people dead in the UK and Ireland and stripped 1.4 million homes of power, and storm Dudley before that, Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell was cited as saying this was the first time the national forecaster had recorded three major storms in succession since a system was set up to name such weather systems.
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