STORM Florence is threatening the UK with 65mph winds and rain - and it may yet become a HURRICANE. The latest tropical storm is currently moving towards the US East Coast but could change course and head towards the UK, bringing an abrupt change to the warm weather. Weather Channel meteorologist Amy Hodgson said Florence's behaviour in the Atlantic was "something to watch" as mid-September approaches. "Some operational models forecast Florence to impact the eastern seaboard of the US, whilst others keep it offshore," she explained. "There is the risk of Florence recurving across the North Atlantic, and transitioning into a mid latitude low, but the impact that it will have on the European pattern remains uncertain. "Possible tracks include affecting Iceland, the British Isles to Scandinavia, whilst other model runs track it closer towards Iberia." After the hottest summer on record, Britain is enjoying a moderately warm autumn so far - but the Met Office predicts cooler and more … [Read more...] about UK weather sees Storm Florence threaten Britain with 65mph winds and heavy rain – and it may become HURRICANE
HURRICANE Florence is the latest tropical storm for 2018 and it’s currently moving in a north-north-westerly direction towards the US East Coast. Forecasters believe the storm will then hurtle towards the UK, bringing with it high winds, heavy rain and possible even some frost. Where is the tropical storm now? Hurricane Florence is currently swirling in the mid-Atlantic, close to the US east coast. Florence could potentially track more to the north, keeping it east of Bermuda and over the open waters of the central Atlantic next weekend and into the following week before being moved along by an eastward jet stream. The official hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin (the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico) is from 1 June to 30 November. While Hurricane Florence isn’t expected to hit Florida, the passing storm could still cause rough seas that could potentially pound the sunshine state and the island of Bermuda. Hurricane Florence may then be picked … [Read more...] about Hurricane Florence – where is the tropical storm now, will it hit the UK and what’s the latest weather forecast?
FROM Fionn and Emma to Aileen and Hector... Brits are becoming accustomed to UK storms being given names like they are in the US. As Tropical Storm Florence threatens to bring havoc in the UK, this is how it all works. Why are some UK storms given names? The naming of storms has long been common in America and now we too are christening severe weather systems. Analysis has shown that naming storms makes people more aware of the severe weather and helps them prepare in advance. So the Met Office and its Irish counterpart Met Eireann decided to follow the US system of giving girls and boys' names to tropical storms and hurricanes. In the winter season of 2016/17, the names included Angus, Barbara, Conor and Doris. Surveys showed people were more aware of the threat and more likely to take action after hearing the name of a storm, rather than a forecast simply saying bad weather is on the way. For example, 89 per cent of people said they were aware of the approaching Storm … [Read more...] about UK storm names 2018 – from Florence and Hector to Brian to Fionn, why are storms given names and who decides?
Looking to stay here? You'll be lucky. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP In less than a year nearly 500 residents of Florence lost their homes to landlords looking to turn them into lucrative holiday rentals for tourists, according to the Italian tenants' association. Between October 1st and June 30th, 478 residents – 71 in the Unesco-protected historic centre, 209 in other central areas and 198 in the wider city limits – said they were forced to leave their permanent homes to make way for visitors, according to the Florence branch of the national union of tenants, Sunia. And in the 12 months before June 30th, 242 people were evicted "without even a few days to settle accounts" after falling behind on rent hiked by owners who flatly stated they preferred to let out the property to tourists, the union's Florence president, Laura Grande, told La Nazione. Sunia has previously estimated that around 1,000 Florentines leave the city centre each year – whether evicted … [Read more...] about In just nine months, nearly 500 Florence residents were turfed out to make way for tourist rentals
FLORENCE Nightingale is famous for transforming nursing into a profession as well as conceiving effective hospital care. Here is how she radically changed the world of the healthcare and saved countless lives. Who was Florence Nightingale? She is known as the mother of modern nursing with her revolutionary reforms which made hospitals much more organised and cleaner. Nightingale is also credited for inventing the pie chart which she used as a way of demonstrating patient health. Where did she live? She was born in 1820 in Florence, Italy - which she was named after - before moving to Embley, Hampshire which is near Romsey and Southampton. Although nursing had a reputation of being a poorly paid job often carried out by drunken women who unleashed bad language on their patients, Nightingale felt it was a God-given vocation to help the needy. So she travelled to Dusseldorf in Germany to receive training at a well regarded and progressive hospital. Later she became a … [Read more...] about Who was Florence Nightingale, where did she live, when did she found her school of nursing and when did she die?