Storm Gerrit raged over the British Isles on Wednesday. In Scotland, the disaster led to traffic paralysis – flooded stations, landslides and fallen trees prevented train traffic on many lines. On the A9 motorway, snowstorms trapped cars and trucks in snowdrifts. Some flights were also canceled.
Storm Gerrit hit the British Isles on Wednesday, bringing with it heavy rainfall and strong winds. Scotland was most affected, where weather conditions seriously hampered transport, both by rail and road.
Flooded tracks, torn apart train
A particularly dangerous accident occurred near Broughty Ferry. A train traveling from Dundee to Glasgow collided with a tree which became embedded deep in the cabin. The driver was not injured, and thanks to his quick reaction, the passengers were also unharmed.
This was not the only problem that Scottish Railways faced on Wednesday. At the Bowling station, the tracks were completely flooded, and in other places there were reports of fallen trees, landslides and lost traction. As explained by the government operator ScotRail, difficulties are also expected on Thursday – before resuming connections, it will be necessary to check the condition of the routes. Problems are expected on routes around Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow.
Many hours in snowdrifts
The weather turned out to be equally unfavorable for those traveling by car. It was snowing heavily on the A9 motorway and cars were trapped in snowdrifts. On Wednesday noon, the road manager announced the closure of the route. Plows and tractors were on the road, helping drivers get out of the snow trap. Locally, the route is still impassable due to landslides.
The situation was difficult on the A82 road, where strong winds knocked down trees and lampposts. Some roads were flooded and water also entered city streets. As reported by “The Guardian”, broken high-voltage lines led to interruptions in the supply of electricity to thousands of customers – on Wednesday night, there was no electricity in 16,000 households, and repairing the failure may take up to 48 hours.
Difficulties related to crossing storm Gerrit occurred not only in Scotland. Flooding was also reported in northern England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Some parks in London were closed and some flights from Heathrow Airport were canceled. According to the British Met Office, the violent weather will remain over the British Isles until Thursday.
Reuters, The Guardian, BBC
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