Storm Franklin weather updates: Life-threatening alert after river bursts as 32,000 homes without power

Storm Franklin will hit the UK as an amber warning issued by the Met Office

Storm Franklin has left severe flooding in its wake – and a ‘life threatening’ warning has been issued along the River Severn.

There are still more than 280 floods warnings and alerts across the UK.

Rivers have overflowed, stranded residents have been rescued by boat, and a train station resembles a Venetian canal.

Northern Ireland has been hit hard and people in Manchester and Yorkshire have had to flee their homes.

In Ironbridge, Shropshire, residents have been told to pack their bags and leave amid fears that the rising Severn may breach a flood barrier.

Following winds of over 75mph, National Rail advised people to check routes before setting out, and several rail operators warned against travelling.

Storm Franklin is the third to hit in four days. This follows Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice, who killed three people in the UK and left 1.4million homes without power. Some 32,000 people are still without electricity.

A Met Office yellow weather warning has now been lifted.


Network Rail advises customers to check travel plans before

With Storm Franklin hitting parts of the UK, severe flooding is occurring in part of Northern Ireland, prompting Network Rail to advise customers to check travel plans beforehand.

British Airways was also having difficulty unloading baggage from planes. The airline said the stormy weather made it difficult to open the plane’s baggage compartment, causing delays after passengers disembarked.

Locals watch as sea foam explodes over the prom due to Storm Franklin on February 21, 2022 in Portstewart, UK

(Getty Pictures)

Namita SingFebruary 22, 2022 04:38


Heavy rain likely to impact storm recovery efforts

Heavy rains battering the UK are likely to heighten the risk of flooding and impact recovery efforts in the nation battered by three storms last week.

The three storms – Dudley, Eunice and Franklin – left nearly 1.4 million homes without power for about three days.

According to the latest figures, around 30,000 homes are still without power, with authorities urging some residents to evacuate.

Read the full report here:

Namita SingFebruary 22, 2022 03:38


That’s it for our live updates this afternoon. You can find more Storm Franklin coverage here.

Laurie ChurchmanFebruary 21, 2022 4:10 p.m.


The streets of Matlock ‘a river’ after flooding from Storm Franklin

The streets of Matlock, Derbyshire, were “a river” after heavy rain brought on by Storm Franklin.

Phil Gregory, who lives nearby, said the water may only be a foot or two deep but it was “enough to destroy businesses”.

He criticized the government for failing to act after severe flooding hit the city in 2019.

“My heart goes out to business owners who are still recovering from previous lockdowns and flooding a few years ago,” he said.

“My message to government is: act now, stop building on floodplains and help small businesses and long-term homeowners with proper flood defences.”

You can read the full story below.

Laurie ChurchmanFebruary 21, 2022 4:05 p.m.


Storms flatten the Kent family’s garden and leave them without power for days

Thousands of families across the UK are still without power days after Storm Eunice.

David Thomas, 56, described how gusts knocked down trees and power lines in his family’s garden in Oldbury, Kent.

Without electricity, they kept warm with a wood-burning stove, cooking eggs and sausages in a pot over the fire.

You can read the full story below.

Laurie ChurchmanFebruary 21, 2022 3:52 p.m.


Photos show River Severn flooding amid life-threatening warning

The Environment Agency said the highest flood alert was in place in Ironbridge, Shropshire, due to high water ‘threatening to breach flood barriers’.

Images show that houses have already been flooded.

Homes are flooded after high water levels on the River Severn at Ironbridge during Storm Franklin



Laurie ChurchmanFebruary 21, 2022 3:22 p.m.


Storm Franklin in pictures

Storm Franklin caused power outages, damage, evacuations and travel disruptions.

PA news agency photographers followed the storm.

You can see their images in the room below.

Laurie ChurchmanFebruary 21, 2022 2:49 p.m.


BREAKING: Storm Franklin: ‘Danger to life’ flood warning issued for River Severn

Zoe TidmanFebruary 21, 2022 2:21 p.m.


That’s it for our live updates this afternoon. You can find more Storm Franklin coverage here.

Laurie ChurchmanFebruary 21, 2022 2:15 p.m.


What’s Up… Newton’s Apple Tree Clone Falls During Storm

A clone of Issac Newton’s apple tree toppled over during Storm Eunice.

The cut tree was planted at the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden in 1954.

A falling fruit from the original is said to have inspired the famous physicist’s theory of gravity.

You can read the full story here.

Laurie ChurchmanFebruary 21, 2022 1:58 p.m.