Storm Cal­lum takes its toll on UK

Daily Express - - SPECIAL REPORT ON DEVASTATION OF SEAS - By Joshua Haigh By Chris Riches

STORM Cal­lum bat­tered parts of the UK yes­ter­day as winds of up to 76mph and tor­ren­tial rain left more than a 1,000 homes with­out power.

The UK’s third named storm of the year pro­moted warn­ings of flood­ing and travel dis­rup­tion and forced the Met Of­fice to is­sue a 36-hour am­ber alert – the level mean­ing be pre­pared – for much of South Wales yes­ter­day.

Cal­lum brought chaos to the re­gion which ex­pe­ri­enced six inches of rain, while fur­ther south, winds of al­most 80mph bat­tered the Isles of Scilly.

Warn­ings re­main in place for north-east Eng­land, north-west Eng­land, south-west Scot­land, Loth­ian, Bor­ders, south-west Eng­land and York­shire and Hum­ber.

Met Of­fice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Alex Burkill said: “We’ve got a wind warn­ing which cov­ers all the western side of the UK.

“That in it­self is likely to bring dis­rup­tion to roads and likely to be some bridge and power out­ages.

“We also have yellow and am­ber warn­ings of be­tween two inches and six inches of rain for Wales. That’s quite a sub­stan­tial amount of rain to come and could bring flood­ing.”

The stormy con­di­tions are due to dis­rupt pub­lic trans­port, mean­ing more ve­hi­cles on the road.

Dozens of flights out of Belfast City, Dublin, Cardiff and Newquay air­ports were can­celled yes­ter­day, DOG walk­ers are be­ing urged to avoid one of the UK’s most poi­sonous killers – conkers.

Horse chest­nut tree seeds con­tain tox­ins that cause pets to vomit, col­lapse and suf­fer fa­tal res­pi­ra­tory paral­y­sis.

They also cause deadly block­ages in an an­i­mal’s di­ges­tive sys­tem.

Dogs show symp­toms of poi­son­ing within one to six hours of eat­ing the nuts.

Pets char­ity Blue Cross is­sued the alert yes­ter­day af­ter treat­ing sev­eral ca­su­al­ties.

A spokesman said: “Conkers may be syn­ony­mous with au­tumn.

“But few peo­ple re­alise that these nuts can pose a se­ri­ous health risk to your pet if in­gested.

“Although cases are rare, Blue Cross has treated dogs who have fallen very ill af­ter eat­ing conkers.”

Pet health ex­perts say conkers con­tain a chem­i­cal there is clo­sures while main­line train ser­vices in Wales, Devon and Corn­wall were also af­fected by the se­vere weather con­di­tions.

Met Of­fice chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist Will Lang warned of the in­creased dan­ger to the pub­lic in coastal ar­eas.

He said: “The rain is ex­pected to be ac­com­pa­nied by strong winds, which when com­bined with high tides may lead to some coastal im­pacts due to large waves.”

Green Flag pre­dicted that al­most 23,000 break­downs would oc­cur on called aes­culin, found in all parts of the horse chest­nut tree, in­clud­ing the leaves, which is toxic to dogs.

Any­one who sus­pects their dog may have eaten a conker should contact a vet for im­me­di­ate ad­vice.

A poi­soned dog will need re­hy­drat­ing and med­i­cat­ing and may, in rare cases, have to un­dergo surgery to re­move any block­ages. Bri­tain’s roads due to the haz­ardous con­di­tions, equat­ing to a stag­ger­ing 16 break­downs ev­ery minute.

The may­hem should be short lived, how­ever, with Storm Cal­lum ex­pected to have re­lin­quished its grip on much of Bri­tain by to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

The stormy con­di­tions came af­ter the UK’s hottest Oc­to­ber day in seven years on Wed­nes­day, with west Lon­don reach­ing 76.3F (24.6C) and night-time tem­per­a­tures only fall­ing to 61F (16C) in the cap­i­tal.

DOGS WHO CHASE CONKERS ‘ARE DIC­ING WITH DEATH’

Pic­tures: MATT CARDY/GETTY, SWNS

Blown away... waves crash over the sea wall at Porth­cawl yes­ter­day and inset, a com­muter in Bris­tol strug­gles

Au­tum­nal favourite...but conkers con­tain deadly tox­ins for a dog

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