Some people are losing it over the severe weather warnings in the UK and are ’emptying supermarkets’ in a bid to stock up on supplies.
The so called ‘Beast from the East’ is set to generate four days of snow, with temperatures set to drop to as low as -15°C in certain areas of the country.
Bracing themselves for the freezing temperature, shoppers have reportedly cleared shelves of bread and milk in some of the country’s stores.
Large numbers of empty shelves @waitrose Admiral Park. I was told panic buying has begun even though not a flake of snow has fallen on @Guernsey ! #BeastFromTheEast @islandfm pic.twitter.com/DBhDHj6566
— Richard Harding (@laughingradiodj) February 26, 2018
Customers at a Waitrose in Admiral Park in Guernsey, and Asda in Sittingbourne, among others, have seen people ‘panic-buying’.
Claire Mc Ternan was at Aldi when she realised people were stocking up on water.
She wrote on Twitter:
Popped into Aldi for milk and only six litres on display, stuck behind 3 ppl who just had baskets of water…am I underrating the BeastfromEast? [sic]
— Claire Mc Ternan (@ternan_mc) February 26, 2018
— simon dell (@simon_dell_tog) February 26, 2018
Is a bag of patsy and a bottle of pink gin regarded as necessary items. Asking for a mate #BeastfromEast
— John D'Arcy (@JohnDarcy88) February 26, 2018
I’ve counted 8 flakes of snow so I'm off to Tesco to buy 52 loaves of bread and 94 pints of milk!!! ??? #BeastfromEast
— Paddy O'Brien (@wolfetone98) February 26, 2018
— Orla Nolan (@onolanneville) February 26, 2018
— Simclaugh (@simclaugh) February 26, 2018
It comes after train operators Southeastern and Great Northern urged their customers to get home early tonight, ideally before 6pm, amid fears that severe weather conditions could shut down transport.
Rail operator Southeastern said in a statement on Twitter:
Temperatures are falling over the coming week, with snow expected in the South East from Monday.
We are working closely with Network Rail to keep the rail network open, and will be running a full service on Monday morning.
With heavier snow expected from 6pm on Monday, services may be disrupted. We advise you to check before you travel and allow additional time for your journey.
We recommend that where you can, you should complete your evening journey before 6pm to avoid possible disruption.
Great Northern also said their services will be disrupted adding:
With predicted snow and icy conditions, an amended timetable with be implemented which will affect services from today onwards.
You are advised to travel as early as possible on Monday evening.
Due to predicted snow and icy conditions we may be running a reduced or altered services from Tuesday morning.
The Met Office has put in place amber warnings for the East Midlands, East of England, North East, West Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber on Tuesday (February 27) with rising concerns over the impact of snow.
Three other yellow weather warnings are in place from today, (February 26) to Wednesday, (February 28) across the UK and the Met Office are reporting the weather will bring with it risk to human life.
Wednesday and Thursday are set to be the coldest days with temperatures dropping to the double-minus figures overnight.
— saradamergi (@saradamergi) February 26, 2018
The east of England will bear the brunt of the ‘Beast’ with the snow starting to fall from today.
By Wednesday it’s predicted there’ll be seven inches of snow in some eastern counties of England, as well as parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Met Office has predicted up to 11 inches of snow could fall in certain areas in the North East by the end of the week.
To keep up to date with the weather warnings for your area, please check the Met Office’s website.