Storm Isha: Yellow and amber weather warnings issued for parts of the UK
Storm Isha arrived in the UK on Sunday 21 January. Hundreds of severe weather warnings have been issued. The British Red Cross is responding.
Last updated 22 January 2024
On Saturday, 20 January, Storm Isha hit the UK bringing strong winds and heavy rain across the country.
There continues to be a yellow weather wind warning across the entirety of the UK, with a warning of potential localised tornadoes, effecting the Western parts of the UK. The Met Office is warning of the chances of travel disruptions, utility outages, flooding, damage to buildings, injuries, and danger to life.
Due to heavy rainfall a large number of flood warnings have been issued :
- 15 flood warnings and 91 flood alerts in England
- 13 flood alerts in Wales
- 19 flood warnings and 17 flood alerts in Scotland
In Northern Ireland and Scotland, our 4X4 Land Rover defenders have been used to ensure that essential staff could get to their workplaces, including supporting district nurses to reach their patients.
British Red Cross teams across the UK remain on standby to support where local authorities require it.
Here for communities: prepare for Storm Isha
In the winter months, storms often become more frequent.
The British Red Cross support thousands of people each year, whose lives have been turned upside down by devastating storms, floods and other weather and climate-related emergencies.
It’s not just abroad that we need to adapt to the changing climate. We are seeing more severe weather events in the UK too. The risk of flooding is rising; yet despite this our research found that the majority of people in the UK don’t know how to prepare for floods.
From helping people prepare in advance, evacuating people to safety or helping them navigate what's next, our staff and volunteers are there to support when they need us most.
Get support from the British Red Cross
The British Red Cross is prepared to respond in any crisis in the UK.
If you need support or want to advice about how a storm or flood warning may affect, you then contact our Support Line. They can put you in touch with local services in your area.
How we responded to Storm Henk
Storm Henk hit the UK on 2 January. British Red Cross emergency response volunteers supported rest centres in Nottingham, Lincolnshire and Loughborough. Volunteers were also deployed for door knocking in Loughborough, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk to check on the welfare of residents. Also in Loughborough, the British Red Cross provided psychosocial and practical support to the more than 90 affected people in a community hub.
Emergency response teams from the British Red Cross supported 140 people who were evacuated from a holiday park in Northampton, providing warm blankets, dry clothing and emotional support.
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