I arrived back from a mini break in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic to be met by a snow storm as I arrived into London. The Serbian weather I’d been expecting in the -11 temperatures of my city break, took me face-on with on Tuesday afternoon – nothing short of a ‘welcome back to London’ surprise. I marvelled at the sight of lashings of snow falling in Central London as my bus took a turn onto Regents Street. I exited for home through Soho, braving the cold winds and and freezing temperatures to take some pictures on my DSLR which was conveniently at hand.
A walk home from the bus stop which would usually take 10 minutes, doubled as I strategically took baby steps in an effort to defy the storm and it’s aims to make me slip and land on my behind! I made it home in time for lunch having triamphantly taken a pit stop via Itsu for a warming healthy soup. But snow storm wasn’t over just yet…
Forecasters are expecting high winds and snow to continue to hit, which will cause further transport disruption across London and the UK. The Met Office has released England’s first ever red alert for snow and ice, warning of a risk to life, in anticipation as Storm Emma drawing in from the Atlantic to meet the “Beast from the East” from Russia.
Distruption caused on the third day of the snow storm:
- Unrelenting snow brings roads, trains and flights to a halt
- Hundreds of schools closed amid gale-force winds and blizzards
- Storm Emma sweeps in from Atlantic on tail of ‘Beast from the East’
- Red extreme weather alert for south Wales and south west England
- Van driver killed in crash with lorry on A34 in Hampshire
- Hundreds trapped on motorway for up to 13 hours overnight
- National Grid warns UK will not have enough gas to meet demand
I felt quite deflated yesterday when I trekked in the snow to attend an event at the US Embassy, only to realise the Mayfair site now closed and relocated south of the river Thames. I contemplated on what to do next, taking baby steps towards Oxford St, however it wasn’t long before I was left with little choice but to seek shelter. I spotted a Marks and Spenser which thankfully had a cafe on their 3rd floor so I settled down by the winder for a cup of warming tea… My meetings for the day cancelled – I wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry!
Today writing this on the third day of the consitant snow, I think how menial my problems facing the distributive weather are compared to those who are homeless. Thankfully I didn’t see anyone sleeping rough on my commutes in the snow over the past few days, something the Mayor of London is strongly enforcing to ensure no-one is left sleeping on the streets in this weather.
Emergency shelters are again open across London to ensure rough sleepers have somewhere warm and safe to stay in this freezing weather. If you see someone sleeping rough, @Tell_StreetLink. https://t.co/iPX5Hvz3wH
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) February 26, 2018
I’m making sure nobody has to sleep out in the cold. My team here at City Hall are working hard with charities and councils to make sure emergency shelters are open across London and everyone can be cared for properly. One way you can help is by donating: https://t.co/hLm3VLzYXR
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) February 28, 2018
A number of restaurants are also doing their part by giving away free food to anyone sleeping rough. Macdonald’s has (as of yesterday, not sure if it’s on-going) an offer for a free Flat White coffee, or if you’re got any hot drink stamps lying about why not collect them together to claim a hot drink you can give to someone in need – it wouldn’t cost you a thing!
Here are a few other simple ways we can lend a helping hand for those sleeping rough:
- Be extra vigilant in looking out for homeless people during cold weather
- Report anyone sleeping rough in freezing conditions to the council or call the number below
- Donating warm clean clothing
- Volunteer with a homeless charity
- Offer a hot drink or food to someone in need
Please also look out for your elderly neighbours during this period.
Has the snow caused any disruptions in your daily routine this week? Have you been able to do a good deed for someone sleeping rough, or someone in deed? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!
Keep safe, and keep warm!
So, when are we doing lunch?… or coffee?
Let’s get social – Like, Follow, Share!
p.s I’m “delightfully dyslexic“, so pls read past any typos, unless they’re embarrassing then in that case flag it up to me!)
Photos and vids ©Kai Lutterodt