Britain is on alert for a violent storm to unleash torrential downpours and 100mph gales. Swathes of the country are set to be battered by Storm Emily, due to roar in from the Atlantic bringing a week of chaos. Hurricane-force gusts will pummel the west coast while the North could see a fortnight’s rain in hours. Heavy showers will turn to snow, with blizzards expected to cripple parts of Scotland amid plunging temperatures. Forecasters said a series of low-pressure systems will trigger another onslaught on Friday with ferocious gales also due on Christmas Day. Read more >>
The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express shows Santa Claus (aka, Father Christmas) looking out of the doorway of the stable where he keeps his reindeer. Beside him is a sack, which contains the presents he was about to deliver. Unfortunately, his means of transport has just been carried off by the strong winds, leading Santa to comment, "That's torn it — the sleigh's been blown away!"
1. A sleigh (pronounced 'slay') is a vehicle that is pulled by animals and used for travelling over snow.
2. That's torn it (British English, informal) is an expression used to say that something has happened to spoil your plans. • Well, that's torn it. Now everyone knows my little secret.