• Short Summary

    GALES SWEEPING OVER BRITAIN KILLED AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE AND LEFT A TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FEBRUARY 12.

  • Description

    GALES SWEEPING OVER BRITAIN KILLED AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE AND LEFT A TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FEBRUARY 12. ONE GUST, IN LANCASHIRE, REACHED A NEAR RECORD SPEED OF 123 M.P.H.

    FULL FURY OF THE BLAST WHICH ROARED IN FROM THE ATLANTIC WAS FELT IN SCOTLAND AND NORTHERN ENGLAND. FALLING CHIMNEYS AND ROOFS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THREE OF THE DEATHS.

    IN YORKSHIRE, TRAFFIC WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY DISRUPTED BY TREES BLOWN ACROSS ROADS, AND LIFE IN THE TOWNS WAS MADE HAZARDOUS BY FLYING SLATES AND TILES. TEN THOUSAND OF 50,000 COUNCIL HOMES IN LEEDS WERE DAMAGED, SOME BEING COMPLETELY DEROOFED. CARS WERE CRUSHED AND BATTERED BY FLYING DEBRIS AND DOZENS OF VANS BLOWN ON TO THEIR SIDES.

    THE TRAIL OF DAMAGED BUILDINGS WORKED SOUTHWARDS, AND IN MANY AREAS THE HEAVY RAIN ACCOMPANYING THE STORMS HELD UP THE WORK OF RESTORING ESSENTIAL SERVICES. A FALLING WALL FRACTURED A MAIN IN A GASWORKS AT BRIERFIELD, LANCASHIRE, FORMING A THICK CLOUD OF CRUDE GAS OVER THE TOWN. A NIGHT FOOTBALL MATCH BETWEEN BRADFORD AND THE SWISS TEAM LUGANO WAS CANCELLED WHEN WINDS FLATTENED FLOODLIGHT PYLONS AROUND THE GROUND. HULL WAS ANOTHER CITY BADLY BATTERED BY THE GALES. FIREMEN WERE CALLED OUT TO DEAL WITH MANY EMERGENCIES.

    AIR AND SHIPPING SCHEDULES WERE BADLY AFFECTED, AND OFF THE COAST OF YORKSHIRE A NUMBER OF VESSELS WERE REPORTED TO BE IN DIFFICULTIES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3JGFQLGAK2LWSV0YB8FAAJY1R
    Media URN:
    VLVA3JGFQLGAK2LWSV0YB8FAAJY1R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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