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Storm Ciara: Rail passengers warned of further storm disruption

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStorm Ciara has brought severe gales and flooding in its wakeTravel disruption is set to continue as the after-effects of Storm Ciara are felt across the UK, following widespread flooding and severe gales.Network Rail has been assessing damage to lines and passengers are urged to check their…

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Media captionStorm Ciara has brought severe gales and flooding in its wake

Travel disruption is set to continue as the after-effects of Storm Ciara are felt across the UK, following widespread flooding and severe gales.

Network Rail has been assessing damage to lines and passengers are urged to check their routes before travelling.

More than 20,000 homes spent the night without power, while flood warnings remain in place across the country.

Yellow weather warnings for snow, ice and wind are also in force for large swathes of the UK.

Forecasters said some areas could see blizzards and up to 20cm (8in) of snow.

Heavy rain and gusts up to 97mph caused widespread flooding and travel disruption on Sunday.

Flooding continues to cause problems for rail passengers on the West Coast Main Line, with no trains running north of Preston because of flooding at Carlisle.

Motorists have also been warned to take care with continued disruption to the road network and tricky driving conditions likely to continue into rush hour.

A warning for wind and snow is in place for the entire day throughout Northern Ireland and most of Scotland.

Parts of northern England have been warned to expect snow and ice from 15:00 GMT.

And Cornwall and the south coast of England have also been issued a warning for wind from 10:00 until 19:00.

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Trees continue to cause problems for the trains – this blocked the line between Dorking and Horsham on Monday morning

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The River Ouse in York was one of the rivers which burst its banks

So far, the storm has resulted in a month and a half’s worth of rainfall falling within 24 hours for some parts of the UK, resulting in flooding and power cuts for more than half a million households.

More than 200 flood warnings remain in place around the UK – meaning that flooding is expected – with more than 150 in England, around 50 in Scotland, and 15 in Wales.

Engineers have managed to restore electricity to the vast majority of homes but tens of thousands of households were still without power overnight.

UK Power Networks reported more than 18,500 properties across east and south-east England were still without power on Monday morning, while Western Power Distribution said more than 2,800 homes were in the dark.

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Media captionVideo shows the moment an aeroplane is forced to abandon its landing at Heathrow Airport

Flights have also been affected by the storm, with hundreds cancelled on Sunday.

Airports have told travellers to check their flight with their airline, with British Airways warning passengers that there might be a “minor knock-on effect” to Monday’s schedule.

“We’re getting in touch with those affected, and have brought in extra customer teams to help them with a range of options including a full refund or an alternative flight between now and Thursday,” the airline said.

“Any customer flying short-haul to or from Heathrow or Gatwick, can also choose to make changes to their travel plans if they would prefer to fly another time.”

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Firefighters in Blackpool rescue a stranded driver

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An overturned lorry on the M1, as high winds cause problems on the roads

Forecasters are expecting the unsettled weather to last further into the week – with weather warnings in place until Wednesday.

“While Storm Ciara is clearing away, that doesn’t mean we’re entering a quieter period of weather,” said Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill.

“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 (8in) on Monday and Tuesday and with strong winds, blizzards aren’t out of the question.”

On Sunday, the fastest gusts of 97mph were recorded on the Isle of Wight, with 93mph winds hitting Aberdaron, a village at the tip of the Llyn Peninsula.


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