U.K. Weather Warnings Persist as 10,000 Homes Lack Power

Dec 27, 2013 10:40 am ET

(Updates number of homes in headline, fourth paragraph.)

Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K.’s Met Office issued further severe-weather warnings in Wales and northern England, where homes remained without power amid gale-force winds.

“The public should be prepared for disruption to transport and power supplies,” the Met Office said on its website. Winds may reach as high as 80 miles an hour in some areas, with the worst of the gales easing by this evening, it said.

Storms this week have lashed the U.K., closing dozens of railway lines in England, halting ferry sailings and canceling flights.

About 10,000 homes are without power, 7,000 of those in northwest England, Tony Glover, director of policy at the Energy Networks Association, said today. The rest are in the south, where floods have hampered repairs. About 36,000 houses across Britain that lost power overnight have been reconnected.

The Environment Agency listed 19 flood warnings and 61 flood alerts for southeastern England, with a total of 107 alerts across the country.

Southern train services remained disrupted, with the network reporting damage to signaling systems near Selhurst in south London and a landslip near Ockley in Surrey.

--Editors: Amanda Jordan, James Herron