January 03, 2012

Severe weather causes damage around UK

Trees on car in Havant  
Strong winds are battering many parts of the UK
Storms have caused damage across many parts of the UK, with gusts of almost 100mph in Scotland.
Part of the roof of the grandstand at Epsom racecourse in Surrey has been blown off and a bus driver in the county suffered serious injuries when a tree fell on to his vehicle.
In Wales six homes in Dolgellau, Gwynedd, were evacuated because of arcing power lines.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for many regions.
Localised flooding and a significant drop in temperature are expected in parts of Wales and north-west England.
The weather conditions meant some East Coast Main Line trains between London and Scotland had to start and terminate at Newcastle upon Tyne.
Buses replaced trains on some services between London and Harrogate and Hull.
Transport has been affected in various parts of Scotland:
  • The Tay, Forth, Erskine and Skye bridges are closed, while the Kingston Bridge in Glasgow has been shut by two overturned lorries.
  • Commuters are being urged to travel with caution.
  • Rail services have been affected, with ScotRail advising passengers not to travel.
  • Glasgow Airport has warned that cancellations are expected because of high winds.

Louise Hubball found it difficult at times to stand in high winds in Cornwall

Police are advising motorists in Northern Ireland to take extra care and slow down. A number of roads have been closed including in Belfast and Londonderry. Some train, bus and ferry services have been affected.
In Wales, the A40 between Carmarthenshire and Powys and the A478 between Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion are among roads affected. The Britannia Bridge at Anglesey has been closed to high-sided vehicles.
High winds in England have forced the closure of the QEII Bridge on the M25 between Essex and Kent. The Tamar Bridge in the South West has been closed to high-sided vehicles.
Flooding Heavy rainfall has led to flood alerts for rivers across Wales. The worst of the rainfall is expected until late on Tuesday morning.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued flood warnings for the Moy Bridge area in the Highlands and locations in Tayside.
A number of flood alerts are in place for rivers in south-west England.

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