Storm let’s ‘av it! Newcastle students brave wet and windy weather for a fancy dress night out on the toon
- Large swathes of the UK have been issued with weather warnings
Newcastle students were determined to not let Storm Babet ruin their evening as they flocked to the city’s pubs and bars in fancy dress costume tonight.
The Met Office has issued an extremely rare ‘danger to life’ warning with 70mph gale force winds and more than a month’s worth of rain expected to batter the UK overnight.
But huge groups of students were seen braving the downpours and strong winds as they ventured out for their much-loved Sports Night on Thursday.
Both male and female students were pictured in skimpy outfits despite the cold blast hitting the UK this week.
Amid the downpours, some students decided to bring an umbrella with them, while others braved the upcoming storms.
Two men wearing Middle-Eastern inspired outfits conveniently used a flannel to cover their heads as they marched on the Newcastle streets.
Newcastle students did not let Storm Babet stop them from hitting the city’s pubs and bars in fancy dress costumes this evening
Huge groups of students were seen braving the downpours and strong winds as they ventured out for their much-loved Sports Night on Thursday
Both male and female students were pictured in skimpy outfits despite the cold blast hitting the UK this week
Meanwhile, another student kept cosy in an elephant onesie.
Other girls were not as keen to keep cover, as they dressed in traditional lederhosen wear.
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And despite bringing an umbrella, a duo of female students bared their legs and flashed their stomachs during the severe yellow weather warning for the area.
Their wild celebrations come despite red and yellow weather warnings across parts of the country this weekend, with rainfall and strong winds threatening to cause huge travel delays.
Britons are readying for the storm after astonishing footage from Cork shows vehicles completely submerged in water.
Storm Babet, named after a woman from the Netherlands who said she had been born during a gale, has so far devastated parts of Ireland and caused commuter chaos in England.
Forecasters are warning that the east of Scotland, including Brechin, Forfar and Kirriemuir, could be hit hardest by ‘exceptionally heavy and persistent rain’.
There may be power outages and some areas could be cut off for days, with people urged to check for flood updates, avoid travel and expect school closures.
Storm Babet claimed the life of a woman who was swept into a river in Scotland today, as 80mph gales and heavy rain continue to batter the country.
Police were called to the Water of Lee at Glen Esk, in Angus at 1:45pm today and the body was found at 4pm. A force spokesperson said there were ‘no suspicious circumstances’ and added that a report would be submitted to the procurator fiscal.
One student can be keeping warm in an elephant onesie
Students can be seen queuing in the rain as they wait in line at a bar
Other girls were not as keen to keep cover, as they dressed in traditional lederhosen wear
Two men wearing Middle-Eastern inspired outfits conveniently used a flannel to cover their heads as they marched on the Newcastle streets
This comes as Scotland’s deputy First Minister Shona Robison has said the ‘worst impacts are yet to come’ as around 360 homes in Brechin in Angus were evacuated, in addition to 10,000 homes across Britain being without power.
Britain is expected to experience its wettest day ever. A map issued by the Met Office reveals the bleak picture of how the UK will be drenched as a result of heavy rain. The storm could bring between 200 and 220mm of rain in some areas of eastern Scotland, where some resident have been told to leave their homes.
This is close to the country’s highest rainfall on record which peaked at 238mm in Sloy Main Adit in Argyll and Bute on January 17, 1974.
Police were forced to close off a street in Brechin, Angus, after exceptional rainfall threatend to breach the town’s flood defences.
Heavy showers are also expected to batter parts of England and Wales this evening, which could cause travel disruptions. Amber warnings are in place for northern England, the Midlands and Wales.
The rain is expected to arrive in southeast England overnight, spreading to most areas by dawn. The unsettled weather is set to remain on Friday and through to the weekend, with strong winds reaching 80mph.
This comes as the Met Office issued an extremely rare ‘danger to life’ red warning from 6pm today through to midday on Friday with over a month’s worth of rainfall expected in the worst-affected regions.
STONEHAVEN, SCOTLAND: The waves crash against the harbour amid a rare red weather alert in Scotland
Scottish coastguard seen going door to door in Brechin as town is evacuated due to extreme weather conditions
CAMBRIDGE: Tourists shelter under umbrellas to try and avoid getting a soaking as they go for a punt in a downpour on the River Cam
Forecasters had initially warned that the east of Scotland, including Brechin, Forfar and Kirriemuir, could be hit hardest with ‘exceptionally heavy and persistent rain’. It has since been spread wider to include parts of Dundee and western Tayside.
Angus Council said that anyone affected by the storm should evacuate, adding that they will go door to door and spread the message, Sky News reports. The council has told locals that it only has a limited supply of sandbags to help protect buildings.
It comes despite a £16.3million flood prevention scheme in Brechin being completed seven years ago. The project, hailed as a protection measure ‘for generations to come’, featured flood walls, embankments and upgrades to the drainage system.
Emergency rest centres are also being set up and residents have been asked to bring their own sleeping bags, supplies and medication.
It’s understood that while the river is at a fairly normal level in Brechin at the moment, authorities fear the flood defences are likely to be breached later today or overnight as the storm closes in. Angus Council had already confirmed that schools and early years centres would close at lunchtime – and will remain shut on Friday.
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