/Storm Ciara causes travel chaos as thousands of passengers are stranded

Storm Ciara causes travel chaos as thousands of passengers are stranded

Storm Ciara is battering the UK with heavy gales and gusts of wind reaching up to 93mph, causing widespread travel chaos across the country. 

Train, flights and ferries have been cancelled and motorways shut, leaving thousands of passengers stranded as floods rip through towns and waves crash coastlines. 

The storm is likely to wreak havoc for commuters travelling up and down the country tomorrow, as Britain’s biggest storm in seven years sweeps into Scotland.

Flooding and debris on rail lines have caused delays and many major stations across the UK have been shut due to overcrowding, with at least 10 firms issuing a ‘do not travel’ warning. 

Meanwhile, hundreds of flights have been grounded – with London‘s Heathrow airport the worst affected with more than 400 arrivals and departures axed. 

Thousands of passengers have been left stranded across the country after trains and planes were cancelled due to Storm Ciara. Queues of people are pictured waiting for flights which were cancelled due at Belfast City Airport

Thousands of passengers have been left stranded across the country after trains and planes were cancelled due to Storm Ciara. Queues of people are pictured waiting for flights which were cancelled due at Belfast City Airport

Thousands of passengers have been left stranded across the country after trains and planes were cancelled due to Storm Ciara. Queues of people are pictured waiting for flights which were cancelled due at Belfast City Airport

Storm Ciara is battering the UK with heavy gales and gusts of wind causing trains to be cancelled - with Euston station temporarily closed due to overcrowding (pictured)

Storm Ciara is battering the UK with heavy gales and gusts of wind causing trains to be cancelled - with Euston station temporarily closed due to overcrowding (pictured)

Storm Ciara is battering the UK with heavy gales and gusts of wind causing trains to be cancelled – with Euston station temporarily closed due to overcrowding (pictured)

Planes are being diverted as far as Germany after being unable to land at UK airports due to dangerous weather conditions. A flight from from New York to Gatwick was also diverted to Copenhagen.

Tourists are stranded as hundreds of flights into and out of European airports were cancelled, with snow predicted for tomorrow. 

Heathrow has cancelled 472 flights, with Gatwick axing 333. Elsewhere across the country, Birmingham airport has grounded 101, Edinburgh 85 and in Manchester 74 flights were called off. 

British Airways has axed flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City, while Virgin Atlantic have announced a number of scrapped flights. 

Four miles of traffic on the A264 towards junction 11. The M23 in East Sussex near Gatwick was shut in both directions today between Junction 10 and Junction 11 f

Four miles of traffic on the A264 towards junction 11. The M23 in East Sussex near Gatwick was shut in both directions today between Junction 10 and Junction 11 f

Four miles of traffic on the A264 towards junction 11. The M23 in East Sussex near Gatwick was shut in both directions today between Junction 10 and Junction 11 f

The M11 has been shut in both directions in Cambridgeshire after an airport hangar in Duxford airfield, the location of the largest aviation museum in the UK, was damaged by high winds.

The major motorway caused chaos near Stansted Airport, with traffic queuing for more than a mile after Highways England said the hangar is ‘likely’ to blow onto road.

Highways England tweeted: ‘M11 is being closed in both directions between J9 and J10 – at Duxford airfield an aircraft hangars roof has been damaged in the wind and is likely to be blown on to the motorway – please avoid the area #StumpsCross #Whittlesford #Royston.’ 

Train providers axed services across swathes of the country today, announcing that there would be no journeys at all in certain regions. 

Network rail has imposed a blanket speed restriction of 50mph across the network today, warning passengers to only travel if ‘absolutely necessary’. 

A BA flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Lyon after after fuel ‘ran close to reserves’.

Traffic passes through water on the A66 near Bowes in County Durham, as Storm Ciara hits the UK

Traffic passes through water on the A66 near Bowes in County Durham, as Storm Ciara hits the UK

Traffic passes through water on the A66 near Bowes in County Durham, as Storm Ciara hits the UK

Traffic creates spray as it drives through rain on the M1 Motorway in Bedfordshire on Sunday

Traffic creates spray as it drives through rain on the M1 Motorway in Bedfordshire on Sunday

Traffic creates spray as it drives through rain on the M1 Motorway in Bedfordshire on Sunday

A plane arriving at Birmingham airport was captured swaying in high winds as the pilot attempted to land amid severe winds conditions. 

Elsewhere, high winds forced a British Airways flight at Heathrow to abort its landing just seconds after touching down on the runway.

Footage posted on social media show the plane juddering onto the tarmac before the pilot takes off again. It safely landed after circling the airport.

Numerous platforms at London’s Victoria Station were closed after the roof was battered from the wind.  

National Rail issued a warning on Twitter saying: ‘Platforms 1-6 at London Victoria are currently closed until further notice due to damage to the roof.’ 

Commuters at London’s Euston station also faced struggles today as many packed into the station only to be faced with delays.

It was temporarily closed to to overcrowding as photos showed hundreds cramped on platforms, but reopened within half an hour.  

Flooding and debris on rail lines have caused delays and many major stations across the country have been shut due to overcrowding, with many firms issuing a 'do not travel' warning

Flooding and debris on rail lines have caused delays and many major stations across the country have been shut due to overcrowding, with many firms issuing a 'do not travel' warning

Flooding and debris on rail lines have caused delays and many major stations across the country have been shut due to overcrowding, with many firms issuing a ‘do not travel’ warning

A plane makes terrifying landing at Birmingham airport during Storm Ciara

A plane makes terrifying landing at Birmingham airport during Storm Ciara

A plane makes terrifying landing at Birmingham airport during Storm Ciara

Queues of people waiting to rebook their flights which were cancelled due to Storm Ciara at Belfast City Airport

Queues of people waiting to rebook their flights which were cancelled due to Storm Ciara at Belfast City Airport

Queues of people waiting to rebook their flights which were cancelled due to Storm Ciara at Belfast City Airport

Thousands of homes were blacked out this morning as Storm Ciara 'bombed' Britain. Pic shows car crash on Storm Ciara flooded the A469 at Rhymney in Gwent at 1am today

Thousands of homes were blacked out this morning as Storm Ciara 'bombed' Britain. Pic shows car crash on Storm Ciara flooded the A469 at Rhymney in Gwent at 1am today

Thousands of homes were blacked out this morning as Storm Ciara ‘bombed’ Britain. Pic shows car crash on Storm Ciara flooded the A469 at Rhymney in Gwent at 1am today

The train firms which have issued ‘do not travel’ warnings are Gatwick Express, Grand Central, Great Northern, Hull Trains, LNER, Northern, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink and TransPennine Express.

Avanti West Coast said no trains will run north of Preston on Sunday until further notice because of the impact of Storm Ciara, and London Euston Twitter account has warned people not to travel.

The public are being asked to report any fallen trees or debris that couldbe blown onto tracks, after a trampoline was blown onto train tracks in Chelsfield, south London, and disrupted rail services from the South East into the capital.

In Scotland, officials put in place a 40mph speed limit on the Queensferry Crossing, and ferry services were also cancelled after a weather warning was issued by the Met Office. 

Ferries have also been disrupted, as P&O said all services at the Port of Dover were suspended due to strong winds and Mersey Ferries cancelled all services until further notice.    

London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports have the worst hit with disruption, leaving many passengers faced with hours of chaos. 

Elsewhere around the country, flights are disrupted into and out of airports including the Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool hubs.

Virgin Atlantic has posted a list of cancelled flights on its website. It said it was ‘contacting affected customers and rearranging their travel arrangements’.    

National Express passengers narrowly escaped death when a falling tree misses them by seconds outside London‘s Victoria Station earlier today. 

Planes are being diverted as far as Germany after being unable to land at UK airports due to dangerous weather conditions.

Planes are being diverted as far as Germany after being unable to land at UK airports due to dangerous weather conditions.

Planes are being diverted as far as Germany after being unable to land at UK airports due to dangerous weather conditions.

A lorry blown over on the A20 near Dover, Kent, as Storm Ciara hits. A man in a high visibility jacket is seen walking away from the scene

A lorry blown over on the A20 near Dover, Kent, as Storm Ciara hits. A man in a high visibility jacket is seen walking away from the scene

A lorry blown over on the A20 near Dover, Kent, as Storm Ciara hits. A man in a high visibility jacket is seen walking away from the scene

Commuter chaos in London

Commuter chaos in London

Commuter chaos in London

Commuter chaos in London

London: Trees were pushed onto the Piccadilly tube line in London today (left) with branches obstructing the tracks (right)

High winds caused by Storm Ciara sent the tree crashing onto the road directly into the path of the coach. 

Major roads are closing and being rendered unusable as emergency services warns people not to drive through floodwater.

Police are enforcing emergency speed limits in some areas, amid fears of fatal accidents on Britain’s roads should drivers choose to head out.

Concerns over accidents were amplified as a picture surfaced showing a car smashed up and on its side this morning.

There are now 214 flood warnings in place demanding immediate action, with 177 alerts also suggesting that flooding is possible elsewhere. 

Meanwhile, tourists are stranded abroad as delays hit airports on the continent as well as in the UK. Speaking to the MailOnline, one passenger who has been left stranded in Morzine on the border of France and Switzerland, said her flight was cancelled with no word from travel provider easyJet.

Lisa Norton from London had been skiing at the resort and was due to fly home from Geneva on the 9.40pm flight this evening. Whilst on a ski lift she received a notification from the easyJet app stating that her flight had been cancelled.

‘We were supposed to be going home tonight but the soonest they can fly us home is Wednesday and I need to get back for my job and my child. We are going to Geneva and from there we will fly from Paris, where we have had to get a eurostar ticket to London.’

Wigan: A tree fell down in Wigan and crushed a car on a residential street this morning, leaving the owner unable to travel

Wigan: A tree fell down in Wigan and crushed a car on a residential street this morning, leaving the owner unable to travel

Wigan: A tree fell down in Wigan and crushed a car on a residential street this morning, leaving the owner unable to travel 

Network Rail Kent and Sussex handout photo of a trampoline near Bickley on the Victoria/Chatham main line, as Storm Ciara hits the UK

Network Rail Kent and Sussex handout photo of a trampoline near Bickley on the Victoria/Chatham main line, as Storm Ciara hits the UK

Network Rail Kent and Sussex handout photo of a trampoline near Bickley on the Victoria/Chatham main line, as Storm Ciara hits the UK

Lisa, who had been on the trip with her twin sister since Wednesday said it has cost her nearly £1,000 to make different travel arrangements.

‘We didn’t even get an email. There are a few people here at the resort who are in the same situation, but have decided to stay here until they can get a flight back. The weather has been stunning in France, we knew the storm was coming.’ MailOnline has contacted easyJet.

Flights are delayed arriving and leaving major European cities too, with Frankfurt Airport seeing 21 cancelled departures and a further 116 delays. 

A tree had also fallen down in between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury train station today with many being warned to only travel if necessary

A tree had also fallen down in between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury train station today with many being warned to only travel if necessary

A tree had also fallen down in between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury train station today with many being warned to only travel if necessary 

Traffic passes through water on the A66 near Bowes in County Durham, as Storm Ciara hits the UK this Sunday afternoon

Traffic passes through water on the A66 near Bowes in County Durham, as Storm Ciara hits the UK this Sunday afternoon

Traffic passes through water on the A66 near Bowes in County Durham, as Storm Ciara hits the UK this Sunday afternoon

In the early hours of this morning a tree had fallen in the middle of the  road in Ashford on the London-bound stretch of road

In the early hours of this morning a tree had fallen in the middle of the  road in Ashford on the London-bound stretch of road

In the early hours of this morning a tree had fallen in the middle of the  road in Ashford on the London-bound stretch of road 

Trampoline chaos! One Trampoline was blown onto the railway tracks  today on the line which takes passengers to Luton Airport

Trampoline chaos! One Trampoline was blown onto the railway tracks  today on the line which takes passengers to Luton Airport

Trampoline chaos! One Trampoline was blown onto the railway tracks  today on the line which takes passengers to Luton Airport 

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