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Bad weather lashes UK, USA

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Bad weather lashes UK, USA


Scotland and Northern Ireland are the latest two British regions to be swept by appalling weather, with flooding and high winds killing three people, and causing chaos in Londonderry and Dundee. Tens of thousands of people are without electricity, although fears for a Spanish fishing trawler with a crew of 19 have eased after the RAF maritime patrol found the vessel off the west coast of Scotland. The crew appears to be safe.

In the worst storms in the area for a decade hundreds of trees have been uprooted, and people are being advised to travel only if it is strictly necessary. Last weekend three people died in northern England when rivers burst their banks and the city of Carlisle was cut off. Extensive flooding caused widespread damage. In Ireland there are also flood warnings in the west, and rail and road links to the capital Dublin were cut by fallen trees. In the western United States mudslides and floods have crushed houses and caused extensive damage. At least 15 people have died as a result of storms in La Conchita, a coastal community in California. A frantic race is on to rescue 13 people who may still be alive under the debris of their homes. Nothing has been heard from them since faint stratching or tapping noises were heard on Tuesday morning. Slides were triggered by drenching rain, Southern California recording its 15 wettest days ever. Floods have also caused massive damage in the state of Utah. Thousands of homes have lost power in the affected regions. The only good news is that the torrential rain has stopped for now, giving emergency crews a new window of opportunity.
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