A leading weather expert admits that recent storms are having a long-term impact on the country.
It’s after Storm Isha last night caused widespread flooding, power cuts and road closures due to the destruction from debris and heavy rain.
“The country is losing resilience,” said Met office meteorologist, Clare Nasir on Radio 4 Today: “our rainfall is increasing, and our land is not coping with it.
“What we’ve seen over the last six months is some incredibly wet weather and the start of the storm season in September 2023 was the most active start since we’ve been naming storms. Climate change trends are suggesting that storms are becoming more intense when they arrive.”
Isha is the ninth storm of the autumn/winter season with Jocelyn expected later this week.
In October, Storm Babet caused mass flooding across the UK, the damage of which can be felt to this day.
Peter Gaad, chair of the midlands crops board, told the BBC the following about ongoing damages of Storm Babet: “The whole field should have wheat growing, but you see the bottom end of the field is completely overwhelmed with flood water as a result of Storm Babet, there all winter.
“Of all wheat and barley in the ground roughly 40% are affected and compromised, completely written off, uninsurable losses off the bottom line and we don’t know what we can retrieve going through to the spring. We need to wait for winter to be over and retrieve what we can.”
Peter also expands on the lack of preparedness the UK has for climate events, stating that a whole host of issues such as preparing waterways and maintaining pumps should have been done with “money that has not been spent when it should have been on maintenance by the environment agency in recent years”.
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