U.K. towns flooded, residents evacuated as Storm Dennis hits region

Global News shows amazing flooded streets in UK. Many U.K. towns were left flooded on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Some people had to be evacuated after Storm Dennis hit the region. Unfortunately, it’s the 2nd storm in a week to hit Britain. Many flooding alerts have happened for many regions of the UK. Flights and train services were certainly disrupted. Just last week, Storm Ciara caused some damage and disruption to transport when it hit the U.K.

More information can be found here: http://www.globalnews.com

Throughout history, here are some natural disasters have happened in the British Isles:

6100 BC – Tsunami (Struck east Scotland with 21 m wave)

535 – 536 – Extreme weather events (severe cooling)

10th century – Regular heatwaves and droughts

1091 – London Tornado (2 deaths)

1235 – Famine (England – 20,000 died in London alone)

1252 – 1253 – Dry years and excessive heat

1287 – St. Lucia’s flood

1315 – 1317 – Great Famine (Throughout Europe)

1324 – 10 years of hot summers and drought (London/south)

1348 – 1350s – Black Death in England (Killed somewhere around 50% of the population)

1360s – Black Death in England (Killed a further 20% of the population)

1485 – 1551 – Sweating sickness (Sporadic outbreaks killed many thousands)

1540 – 41 – Great heat and drought

1580 – Dover Straits earthquake (Two deaths in England)

1607 – Bristol Channel floods

1623 – 24 – Famine

1638 – The Great Thunderstorm (4 killed and 60 injured)

1651 – 1653 – Famine

1665 – Great Plague of London (Bubonic plague killed an estimated 100,000 people, 20% of London’s population)

1665 – Derby plague (Bubonic plague spread north, but was stalled by the famous quarantine of Eyam)

1665 -66 – Long drought followed by a hot summer

1690s – Famine (Known as the 7 ill years; it occurred throughout Scotland, killing 15% of the population)

1703 – Great Storm (about 15,000 deaths, ships lost, mass damage to buildings and trees)

16th – 18th centuries – Little Ice Age (period of lower-than-normal average temperatures)

1709 – Great Frost

1729 – Tornado

1740 – Irish Famine (Between 310,000 and 480,000 people starve in Ireland due to cold weather affecting harvests)

1755 – Tsunami (Following the Lisbon earthquake, Cornwall was struck by a 10 ft (3.0 m) wave)

1770 – Flooding and storms

1783 – Laki haze (Sulphurous gas from an eruption in Iceland suffocates more than 10,000 in Britain, followed by about 8,000 deaths in winter)

1816 – Year Without a Summer (Caused by the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, crops devastated, unknown thousands die)

1816 – 1819 – Typhus epidemic (Ireland)

1831 – 50 – Cholera pandemic (Part of the 1829-1851 cholera pandemic, beginning in London, 55,000 die in outbreaks across England and Wales)

1836 – Lewes avalanche (Lewes, the only major avalanche recorded in England)

1839 – Night of the Big Wind (A European windstorm swept across Ireland causing hundreds of deaths and severe damage to property. Gusts were over 190 km/h)

1840s – Great Irish Famine (Potato blight devastates food sources. Killed around 1 million people out of a total population of 8 million)

1840s – Highland Potato Famine (Similar to the event above but in Scotland and with very few deaths. However, 200,000 were said to have emigrated.)

1848 – Moray Firth fishing disaster (100 fishermen and 124 boats lost at sea during a storm in Scotland)

1852 – Holmfirth Flood (Bilberry Reservoir embankment collapses, causing 81 deaths and damage to property)

1859 – Royal Charter Storm (Named for the Royal Charter the storm, which lasted for 2 days, sank 133 ships killing 800.)

1864 – Great Sheffield Flood (Dale Dike Reservoir bursts, destroying 800 houses and killing 270 people.) (not strictly a natural disaster because it was certainly structural failure caused by human error)

1871 – Great Gale of 1871 (Occurred in the North Sea on Friday 10 February 1871; it killed at least 50 people.)

1879 – Tay Bridge disaster (European windstorm on 28 December 1879 caused the Tay Rail Bridge to collapse killing between 60 and 75 people.)

1881 – Eyemouth disaster (189 fishermen died during a storm in Scotland)

2009 February – Great Britain and Ireland snowfall (55 cm of snow caused several deaths and an estimated £1.3 billion in damages)

2015 – 16 – Great Britain and Ireland floods (Flooded Cumbria, Yorkshire, southern Scotland and parts of Ireland.)

2017 – Hurricane Ophelia

2018 – Great Britain and Ireland Cold Wave

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