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106 mph winds: Brutal winds in storm slam UK, 'Do Not Travel' warning announced

Powerful winds hit the UK this Feb. week
Powerful winds hit the UK this Feb. week
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Devastating 106 mph winds were recorded in the UK today, causing serious damage to people, property, and nature alike on Great Britain’s west coast this Wednesday. The brutal winds are said by some weather experts to be caused by impending climate change, with a “Do Not Travel” warning announced to many travelers attempting to make their way through the extreme winter weather conditions. Yahoo! News shares this Feb.12, 2014, that although global warming has not been specifically cited as a reason for these deadly winds and harmful climate in recent weeks, Britain’s weather service has said that the blustery conditions are only expected to worsen in the coming days.

These 106 mph winds are the latest bout of difficult weather that the UK is enduring this week, with the US not faring much better (the southeast is attempting to brave through the powerful Winter Storm Pax). The bad weather was said to have extreme winds battering the west coast of the UK this Wednesday morning, bringing torrential rain and gusts surpassing 170 kph. In addition to vehicles being blown off the road and some people claiming to be slammed into a nearby wall just leaving the house, trees were also seen to have fallen from the winds and major railways were subsequently closed.

An official “Do Not Travel” warning was blatantly given by the Virgin Trains rail operator, with the express venue’s website saying that attempting to travel in such severe conditions is not advised. The UK has been suffering from extreme rainstorms and wind gusts since late December, and Great Britain is said to have had its very wettest January since record-making first started back in 1766.

Both property damage and massive floods have come as a result of the heavy downpours and torrential 106 mph winds. Rising waters have soaked the western and southern coasts of the UK, plunging Thames Valley (which is located west of London) and the lower-lying Somerset Levels into feet of water. According to media sources, several hundred people's properties have been veritably drenched with rainwater once the Thames River finally overflowed, sending tides flooding across the countryside.

Great Britain's Met Office, which acts as the nation's premier weather agency, confirmed in a new statement published this week that although "there is no definitive answer" to the recent floods and dangerous 106 mph winds being recorded, heating temperatures could be a potential explanation. The paper noted that in this extreme weather, an “increasing body of evidence [is appearing] that extreme daily rainfall rates are becoming much more intense” could be due to a world that is slowly but surely warming up.

“All the evidence suggests there is a link to climate change,” concluded one chief weather expert on the severe storms.

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