Sat. Apr 20th, 2024
alert-–-uk-weather:-storm-nelson-hits-easter-holidaymakers-as-gales-blow-roof-off-holiday-park-bat-and-flooded-campsites-have-to-turn-campers-awayAlert – UK weather: Storm Nelson hits Easter holidaymakers as gales blow roof off holiday park bat and flooded campsites have to turn campers away

Holidaymakers who settled in at a Devon holiday park hoping to enjoy a pint at its cosy bar were in for a shock after Storm Nelson made landfall and tore its roof off.

Challaborough Bay Holiday Park has been forced to close temporarily after the roof of the Waterfront Bar was torn open in a manner reminiscent of a sardine tin.

While nobody has been hurt, park bosses have taken the decision to close the facility off to new arrivals while repairs are made.

Elsewhere, other campsites have had to turn guests away due to the torrential downpours brought on by the storm which have saturated camping grounds, rendering unsuitable for setting up tents. 

Storm Nelson hit Britain yesterday and caused widespread disruption with flooding to roads and railways and delays to ferries that have continued into Good Friday as holidaymakers head for Dover for long weekend escapes.

The roof of the Waterfront Bar at Challaborough Bay Holiday Park in Devon has been torn open in a manner akin to a sardine tin

The roof of the Waterfront Bar at Challaborough Bay Holiday Park in Devon has been torn open in a manner akin to a sardine tin

The holiday park, owned by Parkdean Resorts, has temporarily closed to new guests while repairs are being made

The holiday park, owned by Parkdean Resorts, has temporarily closed to new guests while repairs are being made

The damage to the roof of the Waterfront Bar, as seen from the roadside in Challaborough Bay

The damage to the roof of the Waterfront Bar, as seen from the roadside in Challaborough Bay

Newgale Campsite in Pembrokeshire has been flooded out by Storm Nelson after it made landfall on Thursday

Newgale Campsite in Pembrokeshire has been flooded out by Storm Nelson after it made landfall on Thursday

Bosses say around 70 per cent of the site is oversaturated with water after the deluge and unsuitable for camping on

Bosses say around 70 per cent of the site is oversaturated with water after the deluge and unsuitable for camping on

A car makes its way through a waterlogged country lane in Dunsden, Oxfordshire on Friday morning

A car makes its way through a waterlogged country lane in Dunsden, Oxfordshire on Friday morning

Good Friday is expected to be a much milder affair than yesterday, with temperatures hitting the mid-teens later in the day and some scattered showers

Good Friday is expected to be a much milder affair than yesterday, with temperatures hitting the mid-teens later in the day and some scattered showers

Challaborough Bay Holiday Park owner Parkdean Resorts said the Waterfront Bar ‘sustained damage’ from the wind, causing a ‘safety risk to owners’ of holiday homes.

Images showed the metal canopy of the building folded up and over on itself, exposing insulation inside the roof space.

A text sent to owners of holiday homes in the park, shared on social media, read: ‘As a result of adverse weather, the roof of the Waterfront Bar is severely damaged and poses a safety risk to owners. 

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‘We ask that you remain where you are on park, whether that be in your holiday home or another building, until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.’

A spokesperson for Challaborough Bay Holiday Park told the BBC: ‘Nobody has been hurt. However, the safety of everybody on our parks is our number one priority, and we have taken the decision to temporarily close the park to all new arrivals.

‘We are contacting all guests to apologise for the inconvenience and to discuss their alternatives, including refunds or moving to one of our other parks.’

Locals have suggested the facility may be closed for several weeks while repairs are carried out.

Deluges across parts of Britain on the eve of the Easter break have spelt trouble the nation’s camping grounds.

The owners of Looe Country Park in Cornwall told BBC south-west news programme Spotlight they had been forced to close parts of their site due to saturated ground. 

Campsite boss Jill Spicer said bookings were down 12 per cent on last Easter, adding: ‘Four seasons in a day. An hour ago I was walking around in the sunshine and now we’re standing here in the wind and the rain.’

Co-owner Rob Hamblett added: ‘Normally at Easter we’d have the whole campsite open but it’s just been so wet this year we’ve had to shut down half the site.’

And at Newgale Campsite in Pembrokeshire, almost three quarters of the land that would be a sea of tents has been left unusable until the water drains off.

In a heartbreaking post on Facebook, the campsite bosses said Easter celebration plans had been partially suspended, with guests contacted and stays rearranged.

‘The exceptional amount of rainfall has unfortunately taken its toll on the campsite for the Easter Weekend,’ the post read.

‘Around 70 per cent of the grassed area is completely saturated and unsuitable for pitching touring caravans and motorhomes. 

‘The kid’s colouring competition and Easter egg hunt will still go ahead as planned. Unfortunately, the live music and craft stalls will be postponed until the Early May Bank Holiday.’

A pygmy goat in a small holding in Dunsden, Oxfordshire tramples through waterlogged ground after the overnight deluge

A pygmy goat in a small holding in Dunsden, Oxfordshire tramples through waterlogged ground after the overnight deluge 

Good Friday is expected to be a brighter, milder day after Storm Nelson dissipated overnight (pictured: a golden sunrise at the Groyne Lighthouse in North Shields)

Good Friday is expected to be a brighter, milder day after Storm Nelson dissipated overnight (pictured: a golden sunrise at the Groyne Lighthouse in North Shields)

Temperatures today are expected to peak in the lower teens with some blustery conditions (pictured: Cullercoats beach in North Tyneside)

Temperatures today are expected to peak in the lower teens with some blustery conditions (pictured: Cullercoats beach in North Tyneside)

STORM NELSON: A map by Spanish weather service Aemet showing the low pressure system that hit Britain yesterday

STORM NELSON: A map by Spanish weather service Aemet showing the low pressure system that hit Britain yesterday

Good Friday is set to be a day of sunshine and blustery scattered showers, coming after unsettled conditions which have seen hailstones hit parts of Cornwall.

Elsewhere, in any sunshine it could feel warm, with highs of 14C expected in the south east of England but there is the risk of the odd thunderstorm, the Met Office said last night.

The driest weather is expected in the far north-east of the UK and there could be a windy start to the day in many regions.

Deputy chief meteorologist Dan Harris said: ‘The weather is expected to gradually improve following the widely unsettled spell of the past few days, with a fairly typical mix of spring-like weather across the UK.

‘There will be some sunshine, and it will feel increasingly warm for most as the winds become lighter.

‘However, the west and especially south west is likely to see passing showers too, which could be quite heavy and frequent at times.

‘Eastern coastal districts are also likely to feel increasingly cold as an onshore breeze develops, threatening persistent low cloud in some areas too.’

It’s an improvement to the highly changeable conditions across the country on Thursday, which saw regions hit with rain, gale force winds, hailstones and even snow across the day as Storm Nelson hit.