Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Driver caught out as floods hit the North following rain, gales . . . and even a tornado, United Kingdom - 30th Nov 2011

Sitting atop his taxi surrounded by flood waters, this man was one of hundreds caught out as Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland were hit by heavy rain yesterday.

This scene was captured in a car park in Greenock, Scotland as some parts of Scotland were battered by a fortnight's rain in just 24-hours.

The deluges forced roads to close and train cancellations, while several schools were forced to close due to the rising waters.

Elsewhere, an elderly woman was rushed to hospital after being injured by what was described as a 'tornado' which ripped through a northern suburb.

A shop window was smashed by debris and two trees toppled in the Heaton Moor area of Stockport, Greater Manchester, after a cloud-burst and sudden strong winds hit the area at around 2pm yesterday.

Firemen were called and an 84-year-old woman was treated by paramedics, then taken to hospital suffering from cuts and bruises.

It is thought she was hit by debris from a falling chimney, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said. No other injuries were reported.

The spokesman said the damage was localised and firemen were at the scene to secure the area underneath the chimney. Read More