/Ferries cancelled and planes struggle to land in 90mph Storm Brendan gales

Ferries cancelled and planes struggle to land in 90mph Storm Brendan gales

Severe gales and flooding has caused transport chaos as Storm Brendan lashes the UK and Ireland with winds up to 87mph.

The carnage is expected to sweep across the country this evening after Ireland and Scotland took a battering, with ferries cancelled and thousands of homes and businesses left without power.

The Met Office has a severe weather warning in place for the west of the UK, the island of Ireland and the north-east coast of Scotland, lasting until midnight.

Met Eireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service, put out an orange wind warning for the entire country which is feared could bare the brunt of the storm whipping in from the Atlantic.

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads as the hazardous conditions caused a trampoline to blow on to the M7 motorway near to Limerick.

Strong winds from Storm Brendan hit Scotland this morning and blew over a lorry on the A704 near Breich Crossroads
(Image: Alex Todd / EdinburghElitemedia)

A bin lorry was blown over on the Isle of Wight, injuring the driver.

A large tree was ripped from the ground and blocked the A77 at Maybole in South Ayrshire.

Flight SK1521 from Copenhagen to Aberdeen had to divert to Edinburgh Airport having tried and failed to land twice in the punishing storm.

Multiple flood warnings are in place with eight places in England being warned to take immediate action.

The warnings currently include an area of the Tyne estuary, the River Trent at Alkborough Flats and Preston Beach on the Dorset coast.

Meanwhile there are 78 flood alerts – meaning flooding is possible, in England.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has also issued 32 flood warnings and 16 flood alerts for Scotland.

A yellow weather warning is in place
(Image: MetOffice)

Around 48,000 homes and businesses were without power on Monday afternoon in the Republic of Ireland, while power cuts were also suffered across Northern Ireland, mostly in the North East.

Meteorologist Helen Roberts, from the Met Office, said road conditions “could be quite nasty” for commuters.

Surface water on the roads from heavy rain throughout the afternoon has the potential for “really nasty conditions”, she said, while the AA advised drivers to take extra care due to fallen branches and debris.

The Met Office warned that delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are expected, making things particularly dangerous for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges.

There could also be some short-term loss of power and other services.

Great Western Railway said services between Plymouth and Penzance will run at a reduced speed until the end of the day due to strong winds.

A walker tries to get a close up photograph of waves crashing in at Saltdean just east of Brighton as Storm Brendan arrives in Britain
(Image: Alamy Live News.)
Waves crash against the pier at Whitehead, Northern Ireland

Lines have reopened at Preston following severe weather conditions on Monday morning which caused debris to fall from the station roof on to the tracks, according to Network Rail.

An 87mph gust was recorded on South Uist in the outer Hebrides at 2pm on Monday, the strongest in the UK so far, while a 76mph gust hit Capel Curig in Wales.

Several Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services were affected, with some services cancelled due to adverse weather and others disrupted, while NorthLink Ferries told passengers there may be disruption on services to Orkney and Shetland.

Saltcoats, UK: The west coast of Scotland braced itself for the onset of Storm Brendan
(Image: Alamy Live News.)

The blustery and wet conditions could continue to bring widespread disruption on Tuesday, as the Met Office has issued another yellow weather warning of wind covering much of England for a 12-hour period.

A yellow rain warning of rain has also been issued for south-east England on Tuesday afternoon, which is expected to be in place until Wednesday morning.

“It is actually a different area of low pressure, although it is all sort of wrapped up in Storm Brendan,” Ms Roberts said.

“The winds could well be as strong tomorrow, we could see 40-50mph winds inland.”

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Three further severe weather warnings have been issued for Tuesday, as the misery continues,

A warning for severe wind across England and Wales lasts from 12noon to midnight on Tuesday and  12:00 GMT until midnight.

There is a warning for ice in northern Scotland and the third warning, for heavy rain, covers south-east England from 1pm on Tuesday to 9am on Wednesday.

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Flood warnings

  • Cumbrian coastline from Gretna to Silloth including Port Carlisle, Skinburness and Rockcliffe
  • Dorset coast at Preston Beach
  • North Bank Road alongside the River Nene, east of Peterborough and west of Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice
  • North Sea at Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Tweedmouth
  • North Sea at Roker, Sunderland
  • North Sea coast at Victoria Harbour, Hartlepool
  • River Trent at Alkborough Flats
  • Tyne estuary at North Shields, South Shields and Howdon Pans

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