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Good evening. It's been a day of clearing up after yesterday's huge
storm which left a trail of destruction. Several families were
forced to abandon their homes after what's described as a mini`tornado
swept through a village in Warwickshire. Giles Latcham reports.
Filmed by a villager in Galley Common near Nuneaton, debris
everywhere, the immediate aftermath of freak weather some are describing
as a mini tornado. I looked out of the window and I could see this
tornado whipping round. Next thing we knew the whole lot was coming
down. Three families were moved out
overnight, their homes left uninhabitable. We had a load of
rubble collapsing. My mum got scared, I heard her shouting, and a
policeman knocked on the door saying part of the roof had come off. Look
at the back of this VW here, the tiles still in place. Can you
imagine what damage they would have done if they had hit a person? My
father's quite shocked. He's lived in the village for as long as I can
remember. We've never had anything like this happen. At a nearby riding
school, they were rehoming their horses today, the storm ripping the
roofs from a row of stables. There were horses running around
everywhere, as everybody had to run to let them out. It was pretty
frightening. This series of pictures shows the storm's progress across
the region, the darkened skies illuminated by lightning,
accompanied by hailstorms. The lightning struck at Ha'penny Green
near Bridgnorth and travelled down the television aerial of a house in
Stirchley in Birmingham, starting a blaze. One big bang and the next
thing I knew it was right up to the ceiling, all the flames. It cracked
all the window. A woman was treated for smoke inhalation after lightning
set fire to homes in Stourbridge, but there are no reports of serious
injury. Two international energy companies
have told the BBC that they've ruled out fracking in the West Midlands.
They say the geology of this region will prevent commercial drilling.
Ben Godfrey reports. Dart Energy wants to start fracking in the UK.
The multinational operates a third of the 33 licensed sites looking for
oil and gas in the West Midlands. But their boss says they won't be
fracking here. This is our less attractive area from a technical
perspective. Our geologists have looked at the subsurface and we
think it is unlikely to be a significant player in unconventional
gas. Fracking involves drilling into shale and widening tiny cracks, some
less than a million metre wide. Water, sand and chemicals are pumped
in at high pressure to flush the gas to the surface. Another energy firm,
Cuadrilla, which drew protests at its Lichfield headquarters last
year, is also ruling it out here. The Prime Minister is offering
councils incentives if they support fracking, such as keeping more money
in tax revenue. We've got to look closely at what the Government's
offering for that. That's balanced against the need for cheaper energy.
There needs to be, if fracking did come about, real advantages to the
community. There's certainly no political consensus. While
Staffordshire hadn't ruled out fracking applications, over the
border and Conservative`led Cheshire East council, which includes George
Osborne's constituency, doesn't it want it here. One planning expert
says there needs to be more public debate about fracking. We don't at
the moment have a coherent energy policy, so fracking is being evolved
within this gap in policy. It might appear as an opportunist cash and
grab. While shale rock in the West Midlands isn't even as commercially
viable for fracking, others have thought about drilling into coal
seams to extract methane. The Government has been defending
the salaries paid to HS2 bosses. The chief executive appointed to run the
high`speed rail project is being paid ?750,000, and the new Chairman,
Sir David Higgins, who visited the Midlands this month, has a salary of
almost ?600,000. They're tasked with ensuring the ?43 billion scheme is
completed on time and on budget. It is a large salary. It is huge!
There is no question about it, but I'm pleased that engineers rather
than bankers can be seen to get big rewards for delivering what will be
very important pieces of national ininfrastructure.
Football, and the region's interest in this year's FA Cup is over. Stoke
City's 1`0 defeat at Chelsea means none of the Midlands clubs has made
it through to the fifth round. Now, what's happening with the
Midlands weather? Charlie Slater has the forecast.
it through to the fifth round. Now, what's happening with the Good
evening to you. We've had a bit of everything today. A lot of wet
weather. Unfortunately there's more to come as we go through the night.
What's more interesting, because it is cold, some showers could turn
wintry. We are talking accumulations of snow mainly over higher ground,
where you might get a dusting. But you could get snow at lower levels
as well. Quite an icy start to Monday. As we go through the day,
there is more wet weather to come. When you throw more wet weather into
a cold air mass, you might get more sleet and snow.
We're back just after 10.15pm. Until then, have a good evening. Goodbye.
Until then, plenty more news on our website. Bye-bye.
Good evening. will keep going through the nights
tonight and as the air turns colder,
tonight and as the air turns wintry. A mixture of sleet and snow
leaving us with the risk advice The band of rain has cleared