Storm Arwen: Thousands across England remain without power, and some are stuck in the pub!

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Class created on 29/11/2021



Transport networks continue to suffer disruption in the aftermath of Storm Arwen raging across the UK

Main article vocabulary

VocabularyMeaning
Transport NetworksThe transport Network is the train, road and bus networks that allow people to travel around the country.
To suffer disruptionDisruption means something is stopping something else from working properly. So, if the transport network has suffered from disruption, something else has affected it. So the buses and trains are either delayed or cancelled.
In the aftermath of …This means after the event. So, what happened after the storm had come and gone. It is used to show something bad / negative happened.
Raging across the UKIf a storm is raging across the UK, the storm is so severe / very bad, that it is affecting the UK in a big way.
SevereThis means very bad. So, a severe storm means a very bad storm.

Some lucky people, were snowbound in Britain’s highest pub for 2 nights due to 3 feet of snow.

Main article vocabulary

Vocabulary Meaning
SnowboundIf you are snowbound, you are stuck somewhere and cannot leave because of the heavy snow.
Due toThis means ‘because of.’
To be snowed in If you are snowed in, you are stuck somewhere because of heavy snow. You cannot go anywhere because of the heavy snow.
Heavy snowThis means that there was a lot of snow. A common mistake is ‘big snowfall.’ You should say ‘heavy snowfall.’
A snowball’s chance in hellThis means that what you want to do or achieve has no chance of happening. It has 0% chance.
StrandedIf you are stranded, you are stuck somewhere and can’t leave because there is a problem.
Rock the night awayThis means to enjoy the night.
In good spiritsIf you are in good spirits, you are happy and positive about things.
Dampen the spiritsIf something dampens your spirits, it makes you feel unhappy. If nothing can dampen your spirits, you will always stay happy.
Bitter coldThis means to be very, very cold.
Biting windA biting wind is one that is so cold it goes right through you. Your whole body shakes with the cold and you feel very uncomfortable.
As snug as a bug in a rugThis means to be very warm and very comfortable.

Main Article

Thousands of people across England remain without power and transport networks continue to suffer disruption in the aftermath of Storm Arwen raging across the UK. The storm was so severe that many are still waiting for electricity to be reconnected.

However, some lucky people, were snowbound in Britain’s highest pub for 2 nights due to 3 feet of snow.

Around 60 customers at Britain’s highest pub, which is 528m above sea level, where enjoying a drink when they realised they were snowed in by heavy snowfall. They had a snowball’s chance in hell of getting home.

Guests became stranded at the Tan Hill Inn, in the Yorkshire Dales, on Friday night after going to watch a band and rock the night away. They were unable to leave the next day because of snow blocking the main roads home.

The pub manager said everyone had remained in good spirits. Well, I am not surprised as free beer and food were offered while they were snowbound. This seems like a great night out.


Many had to sleep in the pub’s lounge.

Many, including members of the band, had to sleep in the pub’s lounge. Nothing could dampen their spirits as free entertainment was put on over the two days. They even tried to build snowmen but the bitter cold and biting wind prevented them from going outside.

They were as snug as a bug in a rug.

All managed to get home safely. A perfect night out, or two!



To be snowed under with work

This means that you have too much work to do and have no time for anything else.