I hope this Valentine’s Day finds you someplace warm and dry! Adverse weather conditions are not only affecting the Southern states and the Northeast here in the US–intense rains are also causing problems for many in the United Kingdom. Robin Bull of Target Transfers, aka Stahls’ UK, has updated me on the situation there. First the bad news!
From Robin Bull: The UK – and in particular England and Wales, are suffering from some of the worst weather on record. Thursday 13th February is the 53rd consecutive day of rain and storms. The latest storm hit yesterday with hurricane force winds battering the land in some places. 80,000 homes have no power or electricity in England and Wales. There is severe transport disruption, with many train services cancelled and roads closed. Tonight another storm is scheduled to hit with a forecast of a month’s worth of rain within 24-48 hours. Yet another storm is likely to hit early next week. River levels are at some of their highest levels ever recorded since 1776, and it is expected that the rainfall throughout December, January and February will be the highest for that period for at least 250 years. Some severely flooded areas are likely to remain so until May according to some experts because the water table is at such a high level now that the rainfall has literally nowhere to go. The armed forces are now participating in both rescue and protection action. Forecasters are saying that there is no end in sight at least until the end of February.
The Good News!
Despite all this havoc, Target Transfers reports that it seems a majority of heat printing businesses haven’t been impacted! Wet or not, people are still out there purchasing custom apparel. Heat press and digital transfer sales are booming despite the poor conditions. Even though Target is situated in the “driest” part of the UK, even here there is localized flooding and staff sometimes has had problems getting into work. However, the “bulldog” spirit of the staff – and all of the people of the UK – will keep things moving!
Thanks for the update Robin, don’t forget your umbrella! Have a nice weekend everyone, no matter what Mother Nature has in store. (I also heard it was 63 degrees in Sochi, Russia today, where they are holding the “Winter” Olympics!) Most importantly, stay safe.