/Storm Ciara kills driver as snow and 60mph gales hit UK sparking MORE travel chaos and power outages

Storm Ciara kills driver as snow and 60mph gales hit UK sparking MORE travel chaos and power outages

A DRIVER was killed yesterday during Storm Ciara as Brits today brace for blizzards, eight inches of snow and 60mph gales to hit the UK.

The 58-year-old man died after a tree fell on his car on the A33 near Winchester yesterday afternoon.

 Huge waves crash into the harbour wall this morning at Porthcawl in South Wales

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Huge waves crash into the harbour wall this morning at Porthcawl in South Wales
 Snow has arrived in Scotland this morning in the aftermath of Storm Ciara

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Snow has arrived in Scotland this morning in the aftermath of Storm CiaraCredit: Northpix
 Snow hits the town of Bathgate in West Lothian, Scotland, as Storm Ciara continues its blustery assault

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Snow hits the town of Bathgate in West Lothian, Scotland, as Storm Ciara continues its blustery assaultCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 A tree was blown onto a couple's house in Willington, Derbyshire

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A tree was blown onto a couple’s house in Willington, DerbyshireCredit: BPM Media
 The strong winds sweeping across the UK have been captured on this map

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The strong winds sweeping across the UK have been captured on this mapCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 The scene after a 58 year-old man died after a tree fell onto his car on the A33 between Winchester and Micheldever

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The scene after a 58 year-old man died after a tree fell onto his car on the A33 between Winchester and MicheldeverCredit: Solent News

Police said the man was driving his Mercedes from Winchester to Micheldever just before 4pm when he was killed. His family have been told.

Following Ciara’s battering of the country, flights have been left grounded, thousands are without power and roads are flooded – after the “storm of the century” brought in 97mph winds.

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

Up to 20cm of snow is 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.

CIARA STORMS THROUGH

And more than 300 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.

“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.

 Roads are being cleared as heavy snow sweeps in to blanket Scotland

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Roads are being cleared as heavy snow sweeps in to blanket ScotlandCredit: Northpix
 Sheep withstanding the chill as they are snowed on in Scotland today

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Sheep withstanding the chill as they are snowed on in Scotland todayCredit: Northpix
 Commuters gather at King's Cross station as trains are delayed or cancelled

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Commuters gather at King’s Cross station as trains are delayed or cancelledCredit: EPA
 Snow hits the town of Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, after Storm Ciara

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Snow hits the town of Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, after Storm CiaraCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 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
 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 couple take a picture of themselves in front of a massive wave in Cornwall

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A couple take a picture of themselves in front of a massive wave in CornwallCredit: BPM Media

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.

By 11am, some 33 of Heathrow’s Monday departures were cancelled – equivalent to five per cent of flights – and a further 82 were delayed by at least 15 minutes.

Anxious passengers reported scuffles breaking out in queues where people had been waiting to hear if they could fly today.

And children were forced to sleep on the floor of airports as airlines cancelled flights in the strong winds today.

Frustrated passengers took to social media to complain about the delays and handling of the situation, after hundreds of flights were cancelled yesterday.

The roads haven’t fared much better, with drivers advised to take care as closures shut down parts of the M11, M25 and A21.

The border between England and Wales has been closed – after a lorry blew over in strong winds on the Severn Bridge.

And P&O Ferries said it was forced to cancel several sailings between Dover and Calais due to the knock-on effect of the weekend’s 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” as the danger continues.

 Loch Leven, Kinross, Perth and Kinross with Lomond Hills covered in snow

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Loch Leven, Kinross, Perth and Kinross with Lomond Hills covered in snowCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Photographer Stephen Davies captured the 'howling' gale of Storm Ciara at Porthcawl

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Photographer Stephen Davies captured the ‘howling’ gale of Storm Ciara at PorthcawlCredit: Wales News Service
 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
 Wintry conditions are sweeping across Scotland in the wake of Storm Ciara

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Wintry conditions are sweeping across Scotland in the wake of Storm CiaraCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Before and after: Residents begin to clean up their homes in the flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria

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Before and after: Residents begin to clean up their homes in the flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, CumbriaCredit: PA:Press Association
 Karen Smith starts the clear up after Storm Ciara wrecked her home in Mytholmroyd

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Karen Smith starts the clear up after Storm Ciara wrecked her home in MytholmroydCredit: Glen Minikin
 A boy stands on the promenade as waves crash over the barriers in Blackpool

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A boy stands on the promenade as waves crash over the barriers in BlackpoolCredit: AFP or licensors
 Tony Hargreaves, 45, refused to let wet weather spoil his fun and was seen paddling down Gelderd Road, Leeds

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Tony Hargreaves, 45, refused to let wet weather spoil his fun and was seen paddling down Gelderd Road, LeedsCredit: Deadline News

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
 Snowy conditions at the Tan Hill Inn in Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales

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Snowy conditions at the Tan Hill Inn in Reeth in the Yorkshire DalesCredit: PA:Press Association
 Staff beginning cleaning the Blue Tea Pot cafe as residents begin clearing up following severe flooding

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Staff beginning cleaning the Blue Tea Pot cafe as residents begin clearing up following severe floodingCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 A Ryanair aircraft arriving from Gdansk struggles to land in strong winds at Leeds Bradford

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A Ryanair aircraft arriving from Gdansk struggles to land in strong winds at Leeds BradfordCredit: London News Pictures
 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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

 Brave souls take on the waves crashing over the wall of the promenade at Wallasey in Wirral

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Brave souls take on the waves crashing over the wall of the promenade at Wallasey in WirralCredit: Mercury Press
 Snowy conditions at the Tan Hill Inn in Richmond in the Yorkshire Dales

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Snowy conditions at the Tan Hill Inn in Richmond in the Yorkshire DalesCredit: PA:Press Association
 Walkers watch in awe as cascading water thunders over Derwent Reservoir Dam

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Walkers watch in awe as cascading water thunders over Derwent Reservoir DamCredit: F Stop Press
UK weather forecast Saturday 8th February – Strong winds and plenty of rain as Storm Ciara hits UK
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