As a country, Britain has been battered around the last few days thanks to the Beast from the East and Storm Emma.
But if you think what we’ve been through already is bad enough, then it’s nothing compared to what’s coming up over the next few hours.
In fact, the coming weather is going to be so bad that some train companies are urging people to try and get home by 3pm, otherwise they’ll be at risk of not being able to get home, according to the Express.
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We are advising passengers to complete your journey before 3pm today. While a good service is currently running on most routes, the weather is expected to deteriorate this afternoon and we may be prevented from running services on some routes.
There have also been warnings of flooding from the Environment Agency as a result of incoming deluges of rain, alongside warnings of incoming snow which will last until around 5am.
The Met Office have warned that they are expecting 80mph winds as well as four inches of snow per day on Saturday and Sunday.
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The Telegraph reports a total of 10 deaths as a result of the snow, with the Armed Forces stepping in as emergency services struggle to cope with the weather.
The storm can pose a great risk to people’s lives, especially to those without shelter during the worst of the weather.
However, there are things the rest of us can do if we pass by a rough sleeper in the snow in the form of homelessness charity StreetLink.
Emergency shelters have opened in London this week due to the severe weather conditions.
On their website, StreetLink writes:
If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough in England or Wales, you can use this website to send an alert to StreetLink.
The details you provide are sent to the local authority or outreach service for the area in which you have seen the person, to help them find the individual and connect them to support.
All they ask from you is to provide the following information:
1) A specific location for the rough sleeping site. You can do this by using a map to pinpoint the exact location and then providing a written description of the location.
2) Details of the time that the rough sleeper has been seen at the location.
3) Any information about the rough sleeper that will help find them (gender, approximate age, what the person looks like, what they are wearing).
With temperatures dropping across London tonight & this w/e @MayorofLondon has opened emergency shelters to ensure people sleeping rough have somewhere warm to stay. Please show your support by donating or tell us via https://t.co/GHb8gNJR1U https://t.co/vYE2iCFWaF
— Street_Link (@Tell_StreetLink) February 23, 2018
You will receive details of the action the local authority normally takes when they are told someone is sleeping rough in their area and an update on what has happened as a result of your alert within 10 working days if you have requested it.
This info is definitely worth keeping in the face of the bitter cold which is due to come this weekend.