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Storm Pierrik: Devastating Impact in UK and France | Floods, Evacuations, and Extreme Weather Chaos



Earlier this week, Storm “Pierrik” battered parts of the UK and France.
In Falmouth, Cornwall, England, beach huts were washed into the sea by strong winds.
In Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire, the beachfront was littered with debris from beach structures.
Wind gusts on the Isles of Scilly reached speeds of 69 miles per hour overnight, while in Aberdaron, West Wales, winds hit 60 miles per hour. Torrential rain and subsequent flooding caused widespread chaos.
In West Sussex, the River Arun burst its banks, necessitating the emergency evacuation of people. 180 individuals were evacuated on Monday from the Medmerry holiday park in Earnley and around 15 from Ferry Road and the cable car in Littlehampton. One person showing signs of hypothermia was taken to hospital. On Tuesday morning, around 20 people continued to be evacuated from the Bracklesham Caravan and Boat Club.
Littlehampton suffered heavily from flooding, damaging many properties, including the town’s businesses. Owners described it as the “worst they’ve ever seen.” One resident described the flooding in the town as “frightening and unprecedented,” staying up until the early hours erecting flood defenses around their property.
Another resident noted: “The amount of water is scary and those houses opposite our development are lower-ground flats and they were all flooded under a foot or so of water.”
Hampshire also experienced severe flooding: residents of dozens of homes in Alverstoke were evacuated. The Great Western Railway services were disrupted due to flooding and fallen trees. Rivers across the region overflowed, ferry services were delayed or canceled, and flights at local airports were also delayed or canceled.
On April 10th, over 250 areas across Britain were on flood alert.
Storm “Pierrik” also raged across northwest France. In Normandy, it brought winds of up to almost 75 mph and high waves. Some ferry services were delayed due to strong winds in the English Channel. In Brittany, on April 9th, huge waves caused by the storm breached a seawall in the coastal town of Saint-Malo, flooding streets. Giant waves several meters high crashed into homes, surpassing the height of some buildings.
On the same day, during a powerful tide in the English Channel, two fishermen drowned. In Brest, Finistère, parks, squares, sports grounds, and other open spaces were temporarily closed.
The Seine River overflowed in Rouen, flooding streets and underground passages. The water level in the Seine reached nearly a record level—9.64 meters, exceeding the quay level by 40 centimeters.
On April 8th, almost 25,000 lightning strikes were recorded across France within 6 hours, with 3,000 in the Pas-de-Calais department. During the peak of the storm activity, residents observed 114 lightning strikes per minute. In some areas, along with thunder and lightning, hail fell.
The climate in Europe, like on the entire planet, is rapidly changing. This leads to an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, which were previously uncommon here. According to Aon’s Catastrophe Insight, in 2023, over the past 10 years, damage from severe convective storms in Europe has exceeded losses from winter storms, which are considered the “primary” and most costly hazard in the region.
Many European countries are already constantly hit by catastrophes, and in some countries, including the UK, according to the forecasts of an international group of scientists, living will be impossible within the next 4-6 years. More information is available on the “Global Crisis. The Responsibility” forum.

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