Wednesday , May 12 2021

Huge crane ‘snaps in half’ and collapses onto Kingston University building as 80mph gales hit Britain – The Sun, Thesun.co.uk


A HUGE crane collapsed on a building today as Britain was battered by monster mph gales and flooding .

The crane appeared to “snap in half” as it crashed at the building site in Kingston, West London at around 4. pm today.

 A crane collapsed at Kingston today in high winds

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A crane collapsed at Kingston today in high winds Credit: London News Pictures

 The crane fell on a building site***

*** The crane fell on a building. siteCredit: PA: Press Association

 The crane fell on a building site

Locals had to be evacuatedCredit: London News Pictures

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One person claimed it appeared to ‘snap in half’Credit: London News Pictures)

Emergency crews were scrambled to the scene but there are not believed to be any injuries.

The Met Police confirmed residents close to the development have been evacuated “as a precaution”.

One witness claimed the crane appeared to “snap in half” as it partially collapsed.

It was originally understood the crane collapsed on a Kingston University building but it happened on private building site near its Penrhyn Road campus.

It came as the Met Office issued four

weather warningsacross most of northern England and Scotland as the UK braces itself for a battering before Thursday’s election.

A lorry crashed in the A1 near East Linton today following high winds: Credit: J SAVAGE

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********** The UK is being lashed by strong wind and heavy rains as the Met Office issues four weather warningsCredit: Euan Cherry ********** The UK is being lashed by strong wind and heavy rains as the Met Office issues four weather warnings

The Met Office issued four weather warnings for ice, rain and wind (Credit: Met Office

The highest wind recorded today was mph in Capel Curig , Wales as the Met Office warned of flooding to homes and business in Scotland.

Up to mm of rain is also set to fall across parts of the Northern England in just nine hours – two thirds the monthly average – with the bad

weathercausing travel chaos.

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson told Sun Online: “It is going to be pretty windy.

“We would advise people to take care and be aware of windy conditions.

“There will be some disruption to transport.”

 The Met Office issued four weather warnings for ice, rain and windWHIRL WIND The Met Office issued four weather warnings for ice, rain and wind

The highest wind recorded today was mph in Capel Curig, Wales as the Met Office warned of flooding to homes and business in Scotland.

And the blustery conditions are expected to continue into Wednesday, with winds hitting up to mph in northern Scotland.

The south coast of England and the west coast of Wales could see winds hit as high as 45 mph.

And there is a risk of up to 5 – cm of snow in parts of northern England and Wales.

Winds of up to mph are hitting Britain as a windsurfer takes advantage of the gales in Saltcoats, ScotlandCredit: © Michael McGurk 2019

 Rain will batter of the UK on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday according to recent weather forecasts

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Rain will batter of the UK on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday according to recent weather forecasts

Rain is also expected to drench voters heading to the polls for Thursday’s general election.

And winds are also set to hit Brits on polling day, with gusts of 78 – mph in the south west of the country.

It comes after

Storm Atiyah pounded Britain when it make landfall this week, with power lines knocked down and trees felled.

 Heavy rain is set to batter Britain today, as this dramatic UK weather map for Tuesday shows

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************ Tourists brave monsoon conditions in the River Cam in Cambridge on TuesdayCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.

Heavy rain is set to batter Britain today, as this dramatic UK weather map for Tuesday showsCredit : Vestusky

Forecasters have also warned that Christmas decorations could become dangerous projectiles in the stormy weather and homeowners should secure ornaments as wind speeds pick up, after Storm Atiyah made landfall earlier this week.

Tuesday’s driving winds hit commuters in parts of the UK today with two lorries blown as bad weather swept across Scotland on Tuesday morning.

The HGVs were traveling along the A1 between Innerwick and Skateraw in East Lothian when they toppled over at around 7. 55 am, leaving the road blocked in both directions.

The Tay Road Bridge was only open to cars and the central walkway was closed because of the high winds and heavy rain, which also hit rail services.

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Waves coming over the sea wall at Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, hit railway power lines, causing trains between Kilwinning and Largs and Ardrossan to be cancelled.

Flooding closed the line between Craigendoran and Helensburgh.

A wind warning was also issued for eastern parts until 5pm as well as an ice warning across the Highlands from (pm on Tuesday to

am on Wednesday.

The weather caused Edinburgh’s Christmas market and rides to remain closed.

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************************A man embraces the wind and rain at Saltcoats Promenade todayCredit: Euan Cherry

 The rain caused travel chaos across Scotland today

The rain caused travel chaos across Scotland todayCredit: All righ ts reserved (0)

UK weather forecast Tuesday December – Amber warnings issued for wind and rain

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