A rainy day anywhere in London is not generally something to write home about and when its blowing a howling storm its even less appealing.However this week a stroll in Richmond Park in West London armed with just a Panasonic SD700 camcorder,on a foray into time-lapse videography, proved quite a treat when I found myself perched under a tree as a heavy downpour accompanied by a howling wind and menacing clouds rolled across the area. Much to my surprise as the rain eased off for a few moments, a glorious rainbow spread across the sky forming in effect a double rainbow.Soon another deluge rolled in and yet another multicoloured manifestation spread across the sky followed by yet another deluge.In total in a matter of one hour I counted three rainbows before the dusk drew in.Not bad for an afternoon stroll but unfortunately I have yet to stumble across a pot of gold!Copyright Kerry Davies/All rights reserved.
Covering an assignment yesterday I watched with amusement as British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande emerged from a pub lunch at The Swan Inn in Swinbrook,Oxon in the heart of Oxfordshire in England.The look on the French President Francois Hollande as he felt the full the full force of an English downpour during the current torrential rains and flooding as he made a dash to his car was quite a picture!
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As much of the UK suffered from one of the worst flooding deluges for many years,the Oxford area along with many other areas affected by the Thames found themselves under water as the massive build up after days if rain started to flow down river.Many people in the Oxford area were evacuated from their homes and many picturesque villages found their roads turned into rivers.
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Many people in the UK were left having a Dickensian Christmas by candle light as large regions of the country were left underwater after the stormiest Christmas on record left large swathes of the picturesque regions of Surrey submerged.
One of my assignments sent me to the Leatherhead and Box Hill area of Surrey after torrential overnight downpours took residents by surprise left the area in shocking mess.Many were left without electricity.One hotel the Burford Bridge Hotel was flooded out and guests who had left their cars opposite overnight awoke to find their cars under water.
One lady I spoke to told of her horror after her horse stable was destroyed overnight by heavy winds and rain leaving her horses without a shelter but thankfully unhurt.
Having managed to find my way into the area via a small pathway that became a temporary road ,things became a bit more tricky getting out when a bus trying to negotiate the road became stuck in mud blocking the only road out.Thankfully it only lasted a few hours. My sympathy goes to those who found themselves marooned over Christmas.
Motorists try to recover a submerged vehicle Mickleham Surrey.
A coach blocks the the only exit from the village of Mickleham after becoming mired in mud.
A snorkel equipped Landrover from the AA trying to help trapped motorists.
Cyclists and flooded routes.
Waterlogged guests cars at the Burford Bridge Hotel.
A Land rover opens its doors to let water out while negotiating flooding in Leatherhead.
Sally Perry whose horses had a narrow escape when high winds and torrential rain destroyed her horse shelter.The horses were miraculously unharmed.
Horses that survived having their shelter destroyed.
On the 28th of October 2013 a powerful storm called St Jude’s storm hit the shores of Great Britain bringing 99mph winds, causing chaos and destruction as it made landfall.
The town of Hounslow near London was hit badly as trees were blown over in the streets.
Two people were killed when a tree fell on a house causing a gas explosion that destroyed a row of houses and left the roof of one house hanging precariously from a tree in the street opposite
I was on assignment that day and below are some of the images from the Hounslow incident.
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