/Snow blizzards and 60mph gales to hit UK after Storm Ciara as flights cancelled & thousands without power

Snow blizzards and 60mph gales to hit UK after Storm Ciara as flights cancelled & thousands without power

BRITS are braced for blizzards, eight inches of snow and 60mph gales to batter the country today after Storm Ciara left a trial of destruction.

Flights have been left grounded, thousands are without power and roads are flooded – after the “storm of the century” brought in 97mph winds.

 A train crashes into a tree in Swanley, Kent during the Storm Ciara chaos

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A train crashes into a tree in Swanley, Kent during the Storm Ciara chaos
 Commuters are set for rail disruption this morning as train services are cancelled and delayed

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Commuters are set for rail disruption this morning as train services are cancelled and delayedCredit: Alamy Live News
 A Yorkshire town has been left flooded after the downpours yesterday

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A Yorkshire town has been left flooded after the downpours yesterdayCredit: Reuters
 Gatwick Airport is set for more delays today after dozens of flights were cancelled yesterday

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Gatwick Airport is set for more delays today after dozens of flights were cancelled yesterdayCredit: @DanielDryden3
 A huge sinkhole is seen this morning, which opened up next to properties in Rochdale, Greater Manchester

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A huge sinkhole is seen this morning, which opened up next to properties in Rochdale, Greater ManchesterCredit: Mercury Press

Met Office forecasters have issued severe warnings for snow, gales and ice as Brits readied themselves for yet more travel chaos today.

Up to 20cms of snow are set to fall on Scottish Highlands by tomorrow evening, with “heavy snow showers” reaching Nottingham and Manchester today.

A weather warning today says: “Showers will turn increasingly to snow later on Monday, becoming frequent and heavy at times and lasting through Tuesday.

“Strong winds will be an additional hazard with gusts of 50-60 mph at times leading to drifting of snow over high ground.”

Yellow warnings are in place for wind, snow and ice until midday on Wednesday, as the fierce effects of Storm Ciara linger.

And 178 flood warnings are still in place across the country, with more chaos expected and temperatures predicted to plummet.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “While Storm Ciara is clearing away, that doesn’t mean we’re entering a quieter period of weather. It’s going to stay very unsettled.

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“We have got colder air coming through the UK and will be feeling a real drop in temperatures, with an increased risk of snow in northern parts of the UK and likely in Scotland.

“There could be up to 20cm on Monday and Tuesday and with strong winds, blizzards aren’t out of the question.”

As of 5am, UK Power Networks reported more than 18,500 properties across the east and southeast of England still without power, while Western Power Distribution said more than 2,800 homes were in the dark.

As people were urged to avoid travelling yesterday in the strongest gusts, a small child was filmed being blown into the road.

A number of schools around the country have given pupils a long weekend as they have no power.

Rail passengers this morning have been warned to check if their trains are running before attempting to travel.

And all the UK airports have warned of delays and cancellations still today, as the country reels from the battering.

 Weather map shows yellow weather warnings for snow, ice and wind across large parts of the UK today

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Weather map shows yellow weather warnings for snow, ice and wind across large parts of the UK today
 A car ended up in a sinkhole amid the chaos yesterday in Brentwood, Essex

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A car ended up in a sinkhole amid the chaos yesterday in Brentwood, Essex

 

 A daring couple take a picture of themselves infront of a massive wave in Cornwall

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A daring couple take a picture of themselves infront of a massive wave in CornwallCredit: BPM Media
 A flooded Tesco supermarket car park in Carlisle in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country

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A flooded Tesco supermarket car park in Carlisle in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the countryCredit: PA:Press Association
 A roof is ripped off a building in Paddington, central London

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A roof is ripped off a building in Paddington, central London
 A stranded woman is rescued in the devastating floods in Bury, Greater Manchester

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A stranded woman is rescued in the devastating floods in Bury, Greater ManchesterCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Waves crash over the harbour and a lighthouse in Newhaven, Sussex
Waves crash over the harbour and a lighthouse in Newhaven, SussexCredit: AP:Associated Press

Gatwick Airport tweeted: “As we recover from storm Ciara, some flights on Monday will be subject to delays and cancellations.

“Passengers should check with their airline for the latest information on their flight.”

Parts of the M11 near Cambridge, M25 and many other smaller roads are closed due to the weather.

A month’s worth of rain was dumped in just 24 hours yesterday, with the Calder Valley dealing with a deluge again – four years after flooding devastated the area.

Floor wardens there have told people to “please stay at home”.

Hundreds of homes across Lancashire and Cumbria were evacuated after rivers burst its banks during “biblical” floods.

A 42-year-old man has gone missing amid the dangerous wind and rain over night – Robert Ling disappeared around 7pm last night in Hampshire, while wearing only his pyjamas and dressing gown.

Dozens of flights at all the UK airports were grounded, hundreds of rail passengers were stranded and ferry services were abandoned.

As more than 140 flights were cancelled yesterday and dozens of people’s travel were disrupted, one British family were stuck at Gatwick for more than 12 hours.

The 12-hour pummelling saw fallen trees flatten cars, turned a towering crane into “spaghetti” and even crumpled a football stand.

 Floodwater surrounds Dyls cafe, York, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara

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Floodwater surrounds Dyls cafe, York, in the aftermath of Storm CiaraCredit: PA:Press Association
 An elderly couple are rescued from their flooded home in Bangor, North Wales

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An elderly couple are rescued from their flooded home in Bangor, North WalesCredit: www.fpnw.co.uk
 People are helped to safety from their homes in Ramsbottom, Lancs

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People are helped to safety from their homes in Ramsbottom, LancsCredit: @BBCNWT
 Firefighters rescuing a person from a car in a flooded street in Blackpool
Firefighters rescuing a person from a car in a flooded street in BlackpoolCredit: PA:Press Association
 Huge waves smash in to Newhaven Lighthouse

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Huge waves smash in to Newhaven LighthouseCredit: AFP or licensors
 A crane is seen bent in half after the strong winds in North West London
A crane is seen bent in half after the strong winds in North West LondonCredit: London 999

Helen Roberts, a senior meteorologist with the Met Office, said: “In terms of area, this is probably the biggest storm this century.

“I have not seen amber warnings on this scale, across all of Wales and much of England.”

Yellow warnings are in place for the North West, North East, Midlands and Yorkshire, with the worst of the severe weather expected between 3pm on Monday and midnight on Tuesday.

Ciara hit Britain on the back of a Gulf air stream travelling at 265mph, which was as fast as it had ever been, she added

Stranded families in Ramsbottom, Blackpool and Whalley were rescued from their flood-ravaged homes and cars by boat.

In Swanley, Kent a packed train crashed into a tree that toppled onto the tracks leaving passengers stranded.
And a hotel in the Scottish Borders was destroyed during ferocious winds.

 Huge gusts of winds are expected to batter Britain today
Huge gusts of winds are expected to batter Britain todayCredit: WX CHARTS
 Wind warnings are in place up and down the country while amber danger to life alerts have been issued
Wind warnings are in place up and down the country while amber danger to life alerts have been issuedCredit: MET Office
Man narrowly avoids being crushed by fence as Storm Ciara rages on
 A chemist with all its ruined stock in the centre of Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

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A chemist with all its ruined stock in the centre of Sowerby Bridge, West YorkshireCredit: Glen Minikin
 A hairdressers tries to prevent damage to its stock in the centre of Sowerby Bridge

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A hairdressers tries to prevent damage to its stock in the centre of Sowerby BridgeCredit: Glen Minikin
 Massive queues formed at Gatwick Airport tonight with hundreds left stranded after cancelled flights

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Massive queues formed at Gatwick Airport tonight with hundreds left stranded after cancelled flights

Major delays and cancellations were sparked at Gatwick Airport with holidaymakers stranded for hours in the chaos.

The highest wind speed of the day was recorded at The Needles off the Isle of Wight with gusts of 97mph, the Met Office said.

The M11 was shut in both directions in Cambridgeshire amid fears an airport hangar’s damaged roof will be blown onto the lanes.

Elsewhere red “danger to life” warning for severe flooding has been issued for the River Nidd at Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire.

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The town of Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria was hit by severe flooding as the River Eden burst its banks, with residents battling to protect their homes.

Three people were injured after part of a pub roof collapsed in Perth last night and Bedfordshire police said emergency services were called to Flitwick today after a tree fell onto a car.

Manchester City’s Premier League tie with West Ham at the Etihad Stadium was among a host of sporting events postponed.

According to Torro, the UK’s tornado and storm research organisation, the wild weather could see “one or two fast-moving” tornadoes develop.

The weather bomb sparked travel chaos with nearly 200 flights in and out of Europe, as well as dozens to and from UK airports, cancelled or delayed.

Storm Ciara also disrupted Sunday’s sporting programme, as horse racing, rugby union, rugby league and football fixtures, including the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham in Manchester, were all postponed.

 The Met Office shared images of the wind sweeping across the UK
The Met Office shared images of the wind sweeping across the UKCredit: @metoffice/Twitter
 Firemen cut a person out of a car after it was hit by a falling tree in Bedfordshire this morning
Firemen cut a person out of a car after it was hit by a falling tree in Bedfordshire this morningCredit: sbna_fairleys
 A tree is uprooted near Victoria station in London
A tree is uprooted near Victoria station in LondonCredit: @speedupdating/Twitter
 Appleby-in-Westmorland was flooded in the severe weather
Appleby-in-Westmorland was flooded in the severe weather
 Photographers and storm chasers watch as huge waves crash over Porthcawl Lighthouse
Photographers and storm chasers watch as huge waves crash over Porthcawl LighthouseCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Tree surgeons remove a fallen tree which fell and damaged a house in the village of Willington, Derbyshire
Tree surgeons remove a fallen tree which fell and damaged a house in the village of Willington, DerbyshireCredit: Raymonds Press
 A brick wall crumbles during the storm in South Woodford, London
A brick wall crumbles during the storm in South Woodford, LondonCredit: 2020 Pete Maclaine / i-Images
 Two vehicles are submerged in flood water on Well Bank in Corbridge, Northumberland
Two vehicles are submerged in flood water on Well Bank in Corbridge, NorthumberlandCredit: North News and Pictures
 Strong winds brought about by Winter Storm Ciara have caused a lorry to blow over on the M1 carriageway Southbound between Junction 15 and Junction 14 in Milton Keynes
Strong winds brought about by Winter Storm Ciara have caused a lorry to blow over on the M1 carriageway Southbound between Junction 15 and Junction 14 in Milton KeynesCredit: London News Pictures
 Flood water surrounds houses in Mytholmroyd, northern England
Flood water surrounds houses in Mytholmroyd, northern EnglandCredit: AFP or licensors
 A lone surfer braves the gales and rain to make the most of the huge waves provided by Storm Ciara in Swansea
A lone surfer braves the gales and rain to make the most of the huge waves provided by Storm Ciara in SwanseaCredit: Alamy Live News
 A couple sit along the seafront in Blackpool, with a wall of water behind them
A couple sit along the seafront in Blackpool, with a wall of water behind them
 A lorry is blown over by the winds in Dover
A lorry is blown over by the winds in DoverCredit: 2020 Stephen Lock / i-Images
 People sit in their cars to watch as they waves crash over the wall at Newhaven Harbour
People sit in their cars to watch as they waves crash over the wall at Newhaven HarbourCredit: AFP or licensors
 Waves crash over a lighthouse in Newhaven
Waves crash over a lighthouse in NewhavenCredit: AFP or licensors
UK weather forecast Saturday 8th February – Strong winds and plenty of rain as Storm Ciara hits UK
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