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Storm Eleanor – a breezy start to 2018

04th Jan 2018

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Mark Baird


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Storm Eleanor is currently causing a few problems across the UK. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of wind – which remains active until 7pm – for all of England and Wales, Northern Ireland and the Scottish borders. There are 64 flood warnings and 130 flood alerts in place, across England, Wales and Scotland.

WeatherNet reports that nearly half (48.9%) of all UK homes experienced winds in excess of 55mph at the peak of Storm Eleanor and, statistically, it’s the worst event since Storm Doris last February.

In the news, coastal areas in north Cornwall have been hit quite badly. A stretch of the harbour wall at Portreath has been washed away and high tides have breached sea walls on the north coast.

Around 2,500 homes in various areas across the UK have also been affected by power cuts. In Ireland, over 55,000 properties are without power, as well as a further 20,000 properties in Northern Ireland.

We are ready to respond across the UK.

Our 24-hour emergency HelpLine have increased staffing levels and we’re providing any immediate and urgent assistance that customers might need. Invisio – our validation service for low value building claims – is seeing an increase in new claims volumes and Building Claims Inspectors are already on site in the worst hit areas. Our emergency response team remains on standby to manage an increased number of visits as new claims volumes rise during the day and over the weekend.

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