Storm Franklin roars in as 77,00 homes still have no power after Storm Eunice

Storm Franklin: Yellow and amber warnings given to UK

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Storm Franklin’s strong winds and rain delayed efforts to reconnect the remaining 77,000 homes of the record 1.4 million left without power by Eunice. Ross Easton, of the Energy Networks Association, said 8,000 engineers were working to reconnect customers but many homes will still be without power this week.

He added: “Storm Franklin is a concern to us in terms of those reconnection efforts. The job involves sending engineers out to climb electricity poles. You wouldn’t want friends and family out in some of the weather conditions we’re seeing.”

There are also flooding fears as Eunice and Franklin’s rainfall reaches waterways. North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said Knaresborough crews had rescued several people from properties yesterday.

Residents close to the River Mersey were being warned to take immediate action and prepare for property flooding.

And the Environment Agency issued two rare “severe” flood warnings in Didsbury and Northenden in Greater Manchester.

In total there were 111 flood warnings, where “flooding is likely”, mainly in the North and West of England, and 152 alerts where “flooding is possible” for the Northwest, London and the south coast. In Wales there were 18 warnings and 35 alerts.

The Met Office issued an amber warning for wind that could cause “travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property” in Northern Ireland, with milder yellow warnings in England, Wales and south-west Scotland for yesterday and today.

Gusts of 60-70mph were predicted to hit in the early hours of today while 80mph speeds were expected on the coast.

There are fears of more storms this week, as a deep low-pressure system stretching across the Atlantic unleashes its wrath.

The British isles have already been hit by Storm Dudley on Wednesday, Eunice on Friday and Franklin last night.

Met Office forecaster Becky Mitchell said: “This is the first time we have had three named storms within a week, and we started the storm naming system in 2015.

“At the moment we’ve got a really active jet stream, which is why we’re seeing so many storms track right towards the UK.”

Two of four killed by Eunice were named as Billy Kinsella, 59, in Co Wexford, Ireland, and Jack Bristow, 23, in Alton, Hants.

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