A part of President Biden’s big entourage arrived at Glasgow Airport at this time prematurely of COP26 – solely to be welcomed by brutally moist climate which has seen two street bridges ‘washed away’ by torrential rain.
A C17 navy jet kicked up clouds of vapour because it touched down on the runway earlier than disgorging the president’s Marine One helicopter and scores of safety personnel, who have been fortunately handled to a break within the downpours.
Immediately’s scenes have been all of the extra spectacular on condition that it was only a fraction of the general US crew. Mr Biden and his spouse Jill are in Rome at this time to satisfy the Pope to debate a variety of points together with local weather change.
The President, a religious Roman Catholic, was pictured at within the San Damaso courtyard of the Apostolic Palace and shaking palms with the ‘Pope’s gents’ earlier than being led to the papal library the place the talks might be held.
A C17 navy jet kicked up clouds of vapour because it touched down on the runway earlier than disgorging the president’s Marine One helicopter
The large jet – with the phrases ‘New York Air Guard’ written above the wheels, taxis throughout the runway at Glasgow airport
Scores of safety personnel have been additionally seen leaving the navy aircraft. They have been fortunately handled to a break within the downpours
Immediately’s scenes have been all of the extra spectacular on condition that it was only a fraction of the general US crew. Mr Biden and his spouse Jill are in Rome at this time to satisfy the Pope to debate a variety of points together with local weather change
Leaders’ schedules: G20 summit and COP26
11.30am: Household photograph
11.45am: Roundtable discussions, Session 1: ‘World Economic system and World Well being’
3pm: Aspect-event on ‘Supporting small and medium enterprises, and women-owned companies to construct ahead higher’. Visitor speaker: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
7pm: Cultural occasion
10.30am: Aspect-event on the function of the non-public sector within the combat towards local weather change. Visitor speaker: HRH Charles, Prince of Wales
11.05am: Roundtable Session 2: ‘Local weather Change and Atmosphere’
1.50pm: Roundtable Session 3: ‘Sustainable Growth’
3.40pm: Closing session
4.15pm: Concluding press conferences
Opening ceremony: Boris Johnson to welcome world leaders with a ceremony that includes ‘artistic and cultural moments’ and a speech by Prince Charles, after the Queen pulled out for well being causes
Nationwide statements: All through the two-day leaders’ summit, heads of state and authorities will set out their plans to deal with local weather change and curb emissions
2.30pm-4.30pm: Occasion – Motion and Solidarity, the Vital Decade, throughout which leaders will hear the newest scientific reporting, get an replace on progress, and listen to what motion should now be taken
9.15am – 12.45pm: Occasion – Motion on Forests and Land-Use, at which leaders will hear how insurance policies to guard forests and use land higher can combat local weather change
2.15pm-4.30pm: Occasion – Accelerating Clearn Know-how and Deployment, at which leaders might be proven a ‘optimistic imaginative and prescient’ for the way know-how can be utilized to fight local weather change together with creating new jobs and financial progress
It’s unclear whether or not abortion rights – which have been championed by Biden within the US and has seen senior bishops name for him to be refused Communion – will characteristic as a part of their talks.
Biden has fled tanking approval rankings at residence and partisan in-fighting over his $1.75trillon spending invoice to journey to Rome, the place he’s set to satisfy with leaders from the G20 group of rich nations for a two-day summit.
It’s the first face-to-face summit of the G20 since Covid struck, and Biden might be hoping to make use of it to restore his worldwide status following his chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan that pissed off his allies and drew unfavourable comparisons with predecessor Donald Trump.
It additionally comes simply two days forward of the beginning of the COP26 local weather summit in Glasgow that might be hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Flooding induced main delays for world leaders heading to the summit at this time – with one prepare agency urging passengers ‘to not journey’ throughout the border resulting from disruption after two street bridges have been ‘washed away’ amid torrential rain.
Avanti West Coast – which runs providers between London Euston and Glasgow, the place the local weather convention begins on Sunday – mentioned Community Rail had imposed a collection of pace restrictions for security at a number of places.
Nationwide Rail mentioned disruption to providers was anticipated to final till a minimum of 1pm this afternoon, when providers might be ‘steadily reintroduced’. It informed passengers: ‘Clients are suggested NOT TO TRAVEL north of Preston at this time.’
Simply two days earlier than Cop26 begins, Community Rail mentioned it had been ‘working onerous all through the evening to take care of flooding’ on the West Coast fundamental line, with Avanti and TransPennine Specific providers going through pace restrictions.
Within the Dumfries and Galloway city of Annan, two footbridges – the Cuthbertson Bridge and Diamond Jubilee Bridge – have been swept away because the River Annan rose. Community Rail Scotland mentioned the bridges destroyed have been north of the railway with trains unable to cross over a viaduct, closing the Glasgow Central – Carlisle through Dumfries line.
It added that the road will stay closed till employees can examine the Annan Viaduct. A Community Rail spokesman mentioned: ‘This requires divers to enter the water. So, till the river movement slows, we’re unable to do that.’
Travellers making their solution to the Cop26 convention from London would ordinarily use the West Coast service to succeed in Glasgow, with many as a substitute compelled to journey on LNER providers from King’s Cross to Edinburgh.
However different trains have been disrupted by the climate, together with the Edinburgh to Glasgow Central through Shotts, Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Avenue through Falkirk Excessive and Glasgow Queen Avenue to Alloa/Aberdeen/Inverness providers.
This week, main street routes into Glasgow have been submerged by main rain, with town’s Nice Western Street, within the West Finish, was left underwater – with drivers compelled to depart their automobiles when the flooding hit.
In a single day, emergency providers evacuated individuals from homes from Hawick within the Scottish Borders after declaring 500 properties might be inundated amid a flood danger and heavy downpours that additionally hit the Lake District.
Joe Biden has arrived on the Vatican for a closed-door assembly with Pope Francis throughout which the pair are anticipated to debate local weather change and social injustice forward of G20 summit tomorrow
Joe and Jill Biden have been pictured assembly with the ‘Pope’s gents’ on the Apostolic Palace earlier than being led to the papal library the place his talks with Francis will happen
Biden has been going through criticism within the US over his help for abortion rights which has seen bishops name for him to be refused Communion. It’s not identified whether or not the difficulty will type a part of his talks with Francis
Delegates travelling to the Cop26 local weather change summit wait on the concourse at London Euston station this morning
Officers in Hawick, which is 15 miles north of the border with England, known as within the Borders Water Rescue Staff, mountain rescue and fireplace crews to assist evacuate properties, and faculties and well being centres have been closed.
Regardless of the rain, forecasters highlighted how temperatures have been very gentle for the time of 12 months, with highs of 17.3C (63.1F) in Suffolk. They added that the unsettled climate was prone to proceed into the weekend, with one other moist entrance arriving from the West at this time amid an additional collection of climate warnings for as much as 80mm (3.1in) extra rain.
The best rainfall at this time was anticipated in Cumbria and South West England, the place Dartmoor was going through as much as 80mm (3.1in) – greater than per week’s value, when in comparison with the October common for the area of 215mm (8.4in). In different areas, the Met Workplace anticipated as much as 40mm (1.57in) in South West Scotland and 60mm (2.4in) in Wales.
The Scottish Atmosphere Safety Company issued 14 flood warnings and 7 alerts at this time, whereas in England 47 alerts and 23 warnings have been in place from the Atmosphere Company. Pure Sources Wales had 33 alerts out.
In Peebles, the River Tweed burst its banks and there have been fears in Hawick that the Teviot can be subsequent. A relaxation centre was arrange on the city’s Teviotdale Leisure Centre to supply shelter to residents of at-risk areas. A neighborhood pub, The Bourtree, provided free tea and occasional and mentioned it will keep open in a single day to lodging.
Police and safety personnel exterior the Scottish Occasion Campus in Glasgow at this time, the place the Cop26 summit might be held
Pedestrians shelter underneath umbrellas in Glasgow at this time as they stroll previous a digital show close to the SEC venue within the metropolis
Gray skies over the SEC in Glasgow this morning forward of the Cop26 local weather change convention starting this Sunday