Weather from Hell shows just how traumatic and intense our relationship with the weather can get. Wind, rain, flooding, blizzards and freak landslides turn bad weather into life threatening events.
We meet the honeymoon couples caught in their top floor hotel rooms battling with 120-mile-an-hour winds caused by Hurricane Ivan hitting the Caribbean island of Grenada. They didn’t think their vow “till death us do part” would be tested so soon. And another couple whose church wedding venue in Grenada literally blew away had to spend the moments when they should have been saying “I Do” queuing for seats for the last plane off the island instead. But there’s a happy ending – because of their plight, a local businessman from their home town offered them a fabulous venue to get married in the UK – for free!
We have dramatic rescue footage of families caught in the floods in Carlisle when the town was drenched in a month’s rainfall in three days in January 2005. In the worst floods in the area for two centuries, 3,000 homes were submerged and 15 families were rescued by helicopter. One family kept a video diary of the ordeal including their daughter Holly’s 10th birthday ‘party’ during the floods – the birthday cake is perched on an upper storey windowsill with floodwaters behind as they all sing ‘Happy Birthday To You!’ . For those flooded in Carlisle the nightmare continues.
And a New Year celebration walk in good weather in the Cairngorms went horribly wrong when the weather changed and one man went missing in a white-out blizzard. The wind chill factor spelt probable death when he was stranded on the hills overnight.
Plus the extraordinary story of one of the hottest days of the year in 2003 when the weather suddenly changed and a runner out jogging was struck by a bolt of lightning. The force threw him into the air – and in hospital he was put on a life support machine and went into a coma for a week. Everyone thought he was going to die. Then miraculously he woke from the coma and they operated. His face and teeth were reconstructed.
Finally, in the summer of 2004 continuous rain caused a whole mountainside to crash down in Perthshire trapping fifty motorists on a road and throwing a pick-up truck over a precipice. Had the mudslide occurred minutes earlier the truck driver would still have been in his vehicle and almost certainly have been killed. The only way off the road for the trapped motorists was by rescue helicopter.... Read more.