Storm hits Yorkshire with high winds, torrential rains

A storm in the summer has wreaked havoc across Yorkshire. After leaving dozens in need of shelter overnight, the storm on Monday resulted in another 66 people trapped in a pub for a third…

Storm hits Yorkshire with high winds, torrential rains

A storm in the summer has wreaked havoc across Yorkshire. After leaving dozens in need of shelter overnight, the storm on Monday resulted in another 66 people trapped in a pub for a third night.

Sylvia Wright, a spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police, told The Independent that none of the people staying at the Inn at Penistone in Knaresborough were injured. She said that “there are plenty of beer” available. Other people living there are believed to have spent the night outside.

The storm brought with it torrential rain, wind gusts exceeding 110 miles per hour and flooding. More than 200 homes were flooded in the county over the past week. According to the BBC, a train station closed after flooding and smashed through a bridge, causing flooding further. Waters stood eight feet high across some roads and wide stretches of roadways.

Met Eireann, the Irish weather service, issued a “severe” weather warning for much of northern England and the rest of England, warning of “very strong winds on Tuesday.” Schools in the county were closed on Monday and Tuesday for the safety of their students.

“You’re struck by something like gale force gusts or high tide and you’re living in a kind of oncoming wave,” Stephen Newton, the chief executive of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, told BBC Radio Leeds. “We’ve certainly experienced some high tides — there’s been a lot of flooding in places and it will undoubtedly get worse in the days ahead.”

Many shoppers flocked to emergency shelters, shops and schools to get food, bottled water and other supplies, according to the Telegraph.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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