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Storm Gerrit brings UK grinding to a halt: Stranded rail passengers are advised to return again tomorrow after 70mph gales and rain left big crowds caught at stations as ‘miles of vehicles’ get caught in snow in Scotland

Storm Gerrit brings UK grinding to a halt: Stranded rail passengers are advised to return again tomorrow after 70mph gales and rain left big crowds caught at stations as ‘miles of vehicles’ get caught in snow in Scotland


Rail passengers have been left stranded till not less than tomorrow after 70mph gales and rain have disrupted routes throughout the UK. 

Practice operator London North Japanese Railway (LNER), which runs providers between London and Scotland on the East Coast Essential Line, has suggested clients to not journey as a result of climate. Prospects stranded by the disruption have been advised to e-book accommodations which they’ll declare again.

Avanti West Coast, which operates providers on the West Coast Essential Line, mentioned its path to Scotland is impassable, with all providers to and from London terminating at Preston. These with pre-booked tickets for journey between Preston and both Edinburgh or Glasgow can board trains tomorrow or Friday.

Disruption brought on by Storm Gerrit has introduced distress for travellers on their approach house from the Christmas holidays throughout the nation as excessive velocity winds and heavy rain trigger delays to highway, rail, air and ferry transport.

Lots of of motorists have been stranded for as much as 4 hours in heavy snow on a serious highway in the present day and 18 British Airways flights have been cancelled attributable to air site visitors management restrictions.

The Met Workplace imposed 9 warnings till the early hours of tomorrow with the storm additionally set to deliver three inches of rain and eight inches of snow. It comes as:

  • LNER, Avanti West Coast and CrossCountry all imposed ‘don’t journey’ warnings;
  • British Airways cancelled 18 flights at London Heathrow as a result of climate;
  • The Port of Dover in Kent warned drivers of three-hour queues this afternoon;
  • Wind gusts peaked at 106mph and there have been a reported 2,852 energy cuts.

Meteorologists additionally warned of delays for high-sided automobiles on uncovered routes and bridges, flooding on roads, doable energy cuts and disruption to ferries and planes. 

** Have YOU been hit by the storm and are you stranded on roads or at stations together with King’s Cross? Electronic mail your tales and footage to: [email protected] **

Traffic battles through blizzards on the A9 near Aviemore as Storm Gerrit hits Scotland today

Site visitors battles via blizzards on the A9 close to Aviemore as Storm Gerrit hits Scotland in the present day

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King’s Cross station in the present day amid main disruption to LNER providers

Queues on the M25 in Swanley, Kent today as people head home from their Christmas holidays

Queues on the M25 in Swanley, Kent today as people head home from their Christmas holidays

Queues on the M25 in Swanley, Kent in the present day as folks head house from their Christmas holidays

Drivers at a standstill on the A9 at Dalnaspidal in Perthshire today due to blizzard conditions

Drivers at a standstill on the A9 at Dalnaspidal in Perthshire today due to blizzard conditions

Drivers at a standstill on the A9 at Dalnaspidal in Perthshire in the present day attributable to blizzard situations

Rail passengers face disruption at London Waterloo station today following a track obstruction

Rail passengers face disruption at London Waterloo station today following a track obstruction

Rail passengers face disruption at London Waterloo station in the present day following a monitor obstruction

A queue of traffic on the A9 near Dalwhinnie where hundreds of cars became stuck today

A queue of traffic on the A9 near Dalwhinnie where hundreds of cars became stuck today

A queue of site visitors on the A9 close to Dalwhinnie the place tons of of vehicles turned caught in the present day

Wet conditions for drivers on the M40 close to Warwick today as Storm Gerrit hits Britain

Wet conditions for drivers on the M40 close to Warwick today as Storm Gerrit hits Britain

Moist situations for drivers on the M40 near Warwick in the present day as Storm Gerrit hits Britain

Heavy snow on the A9 at Drumochter in the Highlands causes treacherous conditions today

Heavy snow on the A9 at Drumochter in the Highlands causes treacherous conditions today

Heavy snow on the A9 at Drumochter within the Highlands causes treacherous situations in the present day

Vehicles stuck in floodwater in Old Kilpatrick, Scotland, today as Storm Gerrit hits Britain

Vehicles stuck in floodwater in Old Kilpatrick, Scotland, today as Storm Gerrit hits Britain

Automobiles caught in floodwater in Previous Kilpatrick, Scotland, in the present day as Storm Gerrit hits Britain

A rainfall gauge on the Nice Langdale Valley within the Lake District has seen the best accumulation to date, with 77.6mm – practically half the standard 178mm month-to-month rainfall for December, the Met Workplace mentioned.

The quickest recorded wind gusts to date are 86mph at Inverbervie on the north-east coast of Scotland, 84mph at Truthful Isle and 83mph at Capel Curig, north Wales, the forecaster mentioned. Round 2-3cm of snow have fallen in Aviemore within the Cairngorms.

Drivers have been at a standstill on the A9 at Dalnaspidal in Perthshire attributable to blizzard situations with snowploughs unable to assist as a result of they have been caught behind vehicles.

Highland Council declared a serious incident due to ‘miles of automobiles’ caught in ‘very extreme situations’, with businesses now prioritising essentially the most weak drivers. 

The identical highway was additionally hit by extreme flooding 30 miles away at Ballinluig with Police Scotland urging folks to keep away from the route amid ‘difficult climate situations’.

The Scottish Premiership soccer match between Rangers and Ross County at Ibrox needed to be postponed as a result of the away staff have been unable to journey to Glasgow.

Motorist Jeremy Bedford mentioned he had been ‘stationary southbound on the A9 close to Dalwhinney for practically 4 hours’, asking: ‘Ought to we be planning to spend the night time right here?’ Shaun Dellenty added: ‘Big strains of stationary site visitors and extreme gales and drifting snow. Not moved for 2 and a half hours. Seen one snowplough to date.’

Carlos Rodriguez tweeted: ‘A9 in Scotland site visitors has been caught for hours, folks broke out the snow shovels to filter out the highway themselves.’ And X consumer Blanchy13 mentioned: ‘Two hours caught to date. Two youngsters asking each two minutes after we can transfer.’

The M48 Severn Bridge in Gloucestershire is closed in each instructions attributable to sturdy winds, Nationwide Highways mentioned.

Drivers on the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge, suggested instead route, are going through 90-minute delays after a crash.

Ferry operator Pink Funnel, which offers providers between Southampton and Cowes on the Isle of Wight, cancelled its Pink Jet passenger providers attributable to sturdy winds.

Hovercraft providers between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight have been additionally suspended.

Eighteen BA return home journeys to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey and Manchester, and to Barcelona, Berlin, Madrid and Paris Charles de Gaulle in mainland Europe, have been axed attributable to air site visitors management restrictions. 

Community Rail Scotland imposed velocity restrictions in the present day due to the climate.

Flooding between Lockerbie and Carlisle means all rail strains are blocked between these stations.

A tree fell on the road and caught fireplace close to Dumbarton East Station in West Dunbartonshire, Community Rail Scotland mentioned, closing the road in each instructions.

Strains have now reopened between York and Malton in North Yorkshire, the place a tree was blocking the tracks.

People brave the weather as they cross the Millennium Bridge in London on Wednesday as Storm Gerrit brings strong winds and heavy rain to many parts of the UK

People brave the weather as they cross the Millennium Bridge in London on Wednesday as Storm Gerrit brings strong winds and heavy rain to many parts of the UK

Individuals courageous the climate as they cross the Millennium Bridge in London on Wednesday as Storm Gerrit brings sturdy winds and heavy rain to many components of the UK

A woman sporting a poncho over her winter jacket braves the wicked weather across the Millennium Bridge in London on Wednesday

A woman sporting a poncho over her winter jacket braves the wicked weather across the Millennium Bridge in London on Wednesday

A lady sporting a poncho over her winter jacket braves the depraved climate throughout the Millennium Bridge in London on Wednesday

Crews work to clear flood waters from the M9 at Stirling on Wednesday as Storm Gerrit rages

Crews work to clear flood waters from the M9 at Stirling on Wednesday as Storm Gerrit rages

Crews work to clear flood waters from the M9 at Stirling on Wednesday as Storm Gerrit rages

Police are in attendance as flood water is cleared from the M9 at Stirling on Wednesday

Police are in attendance as flood water is cleared from the M9 at Stirling on Wednesday

Police are in attendance as flood water is cleared from the M9 at Stirling on Wednesday

A person sits on a bench facing the sea, during strong winds in Brighton on Wednesday

A person sits on a bench facing the sea, during strong winds in Brighton on Wednesday

An individual sits on a bench going through the ocean, throughout sturdy winds in Brighton on Wednesday

People walk on a sea wall at high tide, during strong winds on Wednesday in Brighton

People walk on a sea wall at high tide, during strong winds on Wednesday in Brighton

Individuals stroll on a sea wall at excessive tide, throughout sturdy winds on Wednesday in Brighton

Workers try to clear the A82 road from flooding on Wednesday in Dumbarton, Scotland

Workers try to clear the A82 road from flooding on Wednesday in Dumbarton, Scotland

Employees attempt to clear the A82 highway from flooding on Wednesday in Dumbarton, Scotland

A horse stands next to floodwaters, near Watton, Yorkshire on Wednesday as Storm Gerrit brings strong winds and heavy rain to the UK

A horse stands next to floodwaters, near Watton, Yorkshire on Wednesday as Storm Gerrit brings strong winds and heavy rain to the UK

A horse stands subsequent to floodwaters, close to Watton, Yorkshire on Wednesday as Storm Gerrit brings sturdy winds and heavy rain to the UK

LNER revealed in the present day that trains had ‘vital delays’ throughout its total 956-mile community between King’s Cross and the Highlands.

Issues for LNER included flooding between Leeds and Harrogate and Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh, plus overhead wire injury north of the border. 

It mentioned: ‘Resulting from extreme climate clients are suggested to not journey in the present day as providers are prone to be topic to vital delays and brief discover alterations or cancellations.’

Extreme climate brought on chaos throughout the community, with 9 ScotRail routes going through velocity restrictions whereas Northern and Transport for Wales providers have been badly hit. 

CrossCountry had a ‘don’t journey warning’ in place north of Newcastle; Avanti West Coast mentioned ‘don’t journey’ north of Preston following flooding between Lockerbie and Carlisle which was blocking all strains and in addition impacting TransPennine Specific trains; and there have been additionally points brought on by practice employees shortages and monitor obstructions.

And the Port of Dover in Kent mentioned there was a three-hour wait time forward of French border controls for vacationer site visitors as of midday in the present day – up from only one hour at 7.30am.

Officers later mentioned that the ‘extra processing time in the present day is a results of employees illness inside Police aux Frontières’, including: ‘All groups are working onerous to get everybody on their approach as rapidly as doable.’

Individually, there was main disruption to Thameslink and East Midlands Railway trains between London St Pancras and St Albans attributable to a signalling system fault; and Southeastern providers have been badly delayed by over-running engineering works.

Snowploughs are struggling to keep the A9 open at Slochd today as Storm Gerrit hits Scotland

Snowploughs are struggling to keep the A9 open at Slochd today as Storm Gerrit hits Scotland

Snowploughs are struggling to maintain the A9 open at Slochd in the present day as Storm Gerrit hits Scotland

Images of the A9 chaos in the Highlands today taken from Bear Scotland's control cameras

Images of the A9 chaos in the Highlands today taken from Bear Scotland's control cameras

Photos of the A9 chaos within the Highlands in the present day taken from Bear Scotland’s management cameras

The A9 also faced flooding at Ballinluig as Police Scotland urged motorists to avoid the area

The A9 also faced flooding at Ballinluig as Police Scotland urged motorists to avoid the area

The A9 additionally confronted flooding at Ballinluig as Police Scotland urged motorists to keep away from the realm

People get close to the waves on the promenade at Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear this morning

People get close to the waves on the promenade at Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear this morning

Individuals get near the waves on the promenade at Whitley Bay in Tyne and Put on this morning

An abandoned car in a roadside ditch between Wolfhill and Burrelton in Perthshire today

An abandoned car in a roadside ditch between Wolfhill and Burrelton in Perthshire today

An deserted automotive in a roadside ditch between Wolfhill and Burrelton in Perthshire in the present day

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland today as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland today as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland in the present day as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

A tractor with a snow plough makes its way through Allenheads in Northumberland today

A tractor with a snow plough makes its way through Allenheads in Northumberland today

A tractor with a snow plough makes its approach via Allenheads in Northumberland in the present day

A motorist drives through floodwater on the outskirts of Billericay in Essex this morning

A motorist drives through floodwater on the outskirts of Billericay in Essex this morning

A motorist drives via floodwater on the outskirts of Billericay in Essex this morning

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire in the present day

Avanti West Coast rail passengers at Preston station face major disruption today amid flooding

Avanti West Coast rail passengers at Preston station face major disruption today amid flooding

Avanti West Coast rail passengers at Preston station face main disruption in the present day amid flooding

Storm damage caused by strong winds at Fort William in the Scottish Highlands this morning

Storm damage caused by strong winds at Fort William in the Scottish Highlands this morning

Storm injury brought on by sturdy winds at Fort William within the Scottish Highlands this morning

Delayed passengers wait for updates at London St Pancras station this afternoon

Delayed passengers wait for updates at London St Pancras station this afternoon

Delayed passengers await updates at London St Pancras station this afternoon

The Atmosphere Company issued 94 flood alerts throughout England in addition to two flood warnings – for Gog Brook in Warwick and the Higher River Hull space of East Yorkshire.

Gusts peaked at 106mph over the Cairngorm summit in the present day, with the following highest at 76mph at Inverbervie in Aberdeenshire then 69mph at Stornoway within the Western Isles. The strongest on mainland England was 44mph at St Bees Head in Cumbria.

And hundreds of individuals in England have been with out energy this morning, reported Sky Information which quoted information from PowerOutages.com that put the overall at 2,852.

The Met Workplace has imposed 9 warnings in the present day and tomorrow as follows:

  • Rain – Wales – Midnight in the present day till 4pm in the present day;
  • Rain and wind – Northern Eire – 2am in the present day till 10am in the present day;
  • Wind – Southern England – 3am in the present day till 6pm in the present day;
  • Rain – South West Scotland and northern England – 3am in the present day till 6pm in the present day;
  • Wind – Northern Scotland – 3am in the present day till 11.59pm in the present day;
  • Rain – North West England – 3am in the present day till 6pm in the present day;
  • Rain and snow – Northern Scotland – 6am in the present day till 9pm in the present day;
  • Wind – Western Wales and North West England – 6pm in the present day till 3am tomorrow;
  • Wind and snow – Shetland Islands – 9pm in the present day till 6am tomorrow.

ScotRail mentioned main flooding in components of the Highlands meant there can be no trains between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh till not less than January 3, whereas it additionally warned velocity restrictions would trigger delays on 9 routes till 9am tomorrow.

The affected ScotRail routes have been between Glasgow Queen Road, Oban or Mallaig; Inverness and Wick; Edinburgh or Aberdeen and Inverness; Montrose and Inverurie; Edinburgh and Perth or Dundee; Edinburgh and Glenrothes with Thornton; Glasgow Queen Road and Aberdeen or Inverness; Glasgow Central and Wemyss Bay or Ardrossan Harbour or Largs or Prestwick City; and Glasgow Central and Carlisle.

The Environment Agency issued flood alerts (in amber) and warnings (in red) across England

The Environment Agency issued flood alerts (in amber) and warnings (in red) across England

The Atmosphere Company issued flood alerts (in amber) and warnings (in crimson) throughout England

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) revealed services are facing 'significant delays' today

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) revealed services are facing 'significant delays' today

London North Japanese Railway (LNER) revealed providers are going through ‘vital delays’ in the present day

Avanti West Coast said 'do not travel' north of Preston following flooding north of Carlisle

Avanti West Coast said 'do not travel' north of Preston following flooding north of Carlisle

Avanti West Coast mentioned ‘don’t journey’ north of Preston following flooding north of Carlisle

Transport for Wales cancelled all trains between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog; imposed a late start-up for providers from Shrewsbury to Swansea and Llandrindod; and warned flooding between Hereford and Leominster may trigger cancellations or lengthy delays.

UK rail disruption amid Storm Gerrit in the present day 

ScotRail: Main flooding means no trains between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh till not less than January 3

London North Japanese Railway (LNER): ‘Don’t journey’ warning issuesd as providers face ‘vital delays’ following flooding between Leeds and Harrogate and Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh, plus overhead wire injury north of the border 

ScotRail: Velocity restrictions on 9 these routes till 9am tomorrow: between Glasgow Queen Road, Oban or Mallaig; Inverness and Wick; Edinburgh or Aberdeen and Inverness; Montrose and Inverurie; Edinburgh and Perth or Dundee; Edinburgh and Glenrothes with Thornton; Glasgow Queen Road and Aberdeen or Inverness; Glasgow Central and Wemyss Bay or Ardrossan Harbour or Largs or Prestwick City; and Glasgow Central and Carlisle.

Avanti West Coast and TransPennine Specific: Flooding between Lockerbie and Carlisle is obstructing all strains 

ScotRail: Tree fell on line and caught fireplace close to Dumbarton East station 

Transport for Wales: All trains between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog cancelled; late start-up for providers from Shrewsbury to Swansea and Llandrindod; and delays between Hereford and Leominster attributable to floods

South Western Railway: Disruption via Clapham Junction attributable to a signalling downside 

Southern and South Western Railway: Delays via Havant attributable to a monitor obstruction within the Bedhampton space 

Southeastern: Disruption between London and Kent stations attributable to engineering works not being completed on time within the Nunhead space 

Thameslink: No trains between London Blackfriars and Sevenoaks attributable to overrunning engineering works

East Midlands Railway and Thameslink: Fault with the signalling system between St Albans and London St Pancras cancelled or delayed trains 

CrossCountry: Cancelled providers between Nottingham and Cardiff Central attributable to scarcity of practice drivers

A tree fell on the road and caught fireplace close to Dumbarton East station, closing the road in Scotland in each instructions, whereas these on Southern and South Western Railway confronted delays via Havant in Hampshire attributable to an ‘obstruction’ on the monitor within the Bedhampton space. 

Police Scotland mentioned officers in Dundee handled a collision on the A90 close to Inchture, including: ‘Please decelerate and drive to the climate situations.’ 

In the meantime a piece of the A82 which runs between Glasgow and Inverness by way of Fort William was closed attributable to a number of timber blocking the route in heavy snow. 

The M48 Severn Bridge was shut in each instructions between junctions one for Aust and two Chepstow attributable to sturdy winds, with drivers urged to make use of the M4 Prince Of Wales Bridge as a diversion. 

Site visitors Scotland mentioned the A82 at Milton close to Glasgow was closed this morning in each instructions attributable to flooding, whereas Carmarthenshire Roads Policing advised motorists {that a} tree had fallen on the B4308 between Cwmbach and Farriers which had additionally taken out an influence line. 

In South Wales, Gwent Police mentioned emergency providers have been coping with a crash on Mountain Highway in Cefn Golau.

And on the Isle of Wight, Hovertravel mentioned hovercraft providers have been cancelled this morning ‘attributable to antagonistic climate’.

There may be additionally disruption on the ferry community in Scotland, with NorthLink providers throughout the Pentland Firth to Orkney axed because of the climate.

CalMac ferries are additionally topic to delays and suspension throughout the west coast, with these travelling urged to test if their providers are working.

In Hampshire, Forestry England mentioned all services have been closed on the Alice Holt Forest website in the present day attributable to excessive winds, including: ‘We’re sorry to ask folks to not go to Alice Holt Forest in the present day.’ 

Nationwide Belief properties throughout the UK have been shut as a result of excessive winds together with Croome in Worcestershire, Cotehele in Cornwall, Bodnant Backyard in Conwy and Seaton Delaval Corridor in Northumberland.

Met Workplace chief meteorologist Frank Saunders mentioned: ‘Storm Gerrit will run in direction of western UK on Wednesday and produce with it potential impacts for a lot of the UK.

‘Winds throughout southern coastal areas of England can be sturdy, presumably peaking round 70mph on uncovered coastlines, however extra broadly round 50 to 60 mph inside the warning space.

‘Rain is a further hazard from Storm Gerrit, with energetic climate fronts resulting in a moist day for a lot of.

‘Snow can also be prone to trigger issues for some northern areas: solely briefly for a couple of upland routes throughout the Pennines and southern Scotland in a single day and early on Wednesday, however extra broadly to the north of the Central Lowlands later within the day.

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland today as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland today as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland in the present day as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

Wet conditions on the M62 motorway near Eggborough in North Yorkshire this morning

Wet conditions on the M62 motorway near Eggborough in North Yorkshire this morning

Moist situations on the M62 motorway close to Eggborough in North Yorkshire this morning

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King’s Cross station in the present day amid main disruption to LNER providers

A woman walks through flooding on the A82 in Dumbarton today amid torrential rain

A woman walks through flooding on the A82 in Dumbarton today amid torrential rain

A lady walks via flooding on the A82 in Dumbarton in the present day amid torrential rain

Rail passengers face disruption at London Waterloo station today following a track obstruction

Rail passengers face disruption at London Waterloo station today following a track obstruction

Rail passengers face disruption at London Waterloo station in the present day following a monitor obstruction

Information signs at London St Pancras station showing cancelled trains this afternoon

Information signs at London St Pancras station showing cancelled trains this afternoon

Data indicators at London St Pancras station displaying cancelled trains this afternoon

People get close to the waves on the promenade at Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear this morning

People get close to the waves on the promenade at Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear this morning

Individuals get near the waves on the promenade at Whitley Bay in Tyne and Put on this morning

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King’s Cross station in the present day amid main disruption to LNER providers

Avanti West Coast rail passengers at Preston station face major disruption today amid flooding

Avanti West Coast rail passengers at Preston station face major disruption today amid flooding

Avanti West Coast rail passengers at Preston station face main disruption in the present day amid flooding

A woman walks with her dog beneath dark clouds as the storm hits Crosby in Merseyside today

A woman walks with her dog beneath dark clouds as the storm hits Crosby in Merseyside today

A lady walks together with her canine beneath darkish clouds because the storm hits Crosby in Merseyside in the present day

People walk on Westminster Bridge in London this morning as strong winds hit Britain

People walk on Westminster Bridge in London this morning as strong winds hit Britain

Individuals stroll on Westminster Bridge in London this morning as sturdy winds hit Britain

A fallen tree blocks the road on Three Mile Lane in Keele, Staffordshire, this morning

A fallen tree blocks the road on Three Mile Lane in Keele, Staffordshire, this morning

A fallen tree blocks the highway on Three Mile Lane in Keele, Staffordshire, this morning

Queues on the M25 in Swanley, Kent today as people head home from their Christmas holidays

Queues on the M25 in Swanley, Kent today as people head home from their Christmas holidays

Queues on the M25 in Swanley, Kent in the present day as folks head house from their Christmas holidays

A flooded driveway near the East Yorkshire village of Watton today amid Storm Gerrit

A flooded driveway near the East Yorkshire village of Watton today amid Storm Gerrit

A flooded driveway close to the East Yorkshire village of Watton in the present day amid Storm Gerrit

A tree fell onto the railway line in the Dumbarton area this morning which then caught fire

A tree fell onto the railway line in the Dumbarton area this morning which then caught fire

A tree fell onto the railway line within the Dumbarton space this morning which then caught fireplace

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland today as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland today as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland in the present day as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King’s Cross station in the present day amid main disruption to LNER providers

Snow on the A82 this morning at Altnafeadh in the Highlands between Glasgow and Inverness

Snow on the A82 this morning at Altnafeadh in the Highlands between Glasgow and Inverness

Snow on the A82 this morning at Altnafeadh within the Highlands between Glasgow and Inverness 

A couple walk in the rain near Haig Eggborough in North Yorkshire this morning

A couple walk in the rain near Haig Eggborough in North Yorkshire this morning

A pair stroll within the rain close to Haig Eggborough in North Yorkshire this morning

‘Right here round 10 to presumably 20cm of snow might have an effect on among the highest routes, this combining with very sturdy winds to result in some troublesome journey situations. At decrease ranges a mixture of heavy rain and really sturdy winds will dominate.’

UK highway closures attributable to Storm Gerrit in the present day 

  • A90 close to Inchture: Officers in Dundee are coping with a collision, including: ‘Please decelerate and drive to the climate situations.’
  • A82 close to Inverlochy: Main highway working between Glasgow and Inverness by way of Fort William is closed attributable to a number of timber blocking the route in heavy snow.
  • M48 Severn Bridge: Shut in each instructions between junctions one for Aust and two Chepstow attributable to sturdy winds, with drivers urged to make use of the M4 Prince Of Wales Bridge as a diversion
  • A82 at Milton: Highway close to Glasgow is closed in each instructions attributable to flooding
  • B4308 between Cwmbach and Farriers: Carmarthenshire Roads Policing says a tree has fallen on the highway and in addition took out an influence line
  • Mountain Highway in Cefn Golau: Gwent Police says emergency providers are coping with a crash

Additionally in the present day, hundreds of airline passengers risked lacking flights attributable to a number of signalling failures inflicting disruption to trains.

Operator East Midlands Railway mentioned the difficulty was stopping it from working providers between London St Pancras and Luton.

A Thameslink service calling on the airport was delayed by practically two hours.

Rail providers are anticipated to be disrupted for the remainder of in the present day as a result of fault between St Pancras and St Albans.

Thameslink issued an alert to passengers which mentioned: ‘Please don’t try journey between Bedford and London Bridge till additional discover.

‘The sooner disruption brought on by a number of sign failures has now reoccurred. As a result of stage of disruption, passengers are suggested to delay travelling till later.

‘In the event you do determine to journey, you will have to make use of various means on some or your whole journey, and you will have to permit a further 60 minutes to journey.’

A depot was additionally affected, inflicting delays to trains attributable to function early morning providers.

Talking about flight disruption at Heathrow in the present day, a British Airways spokesman mentioned: ‘On account of air site visitors management restrictions put in place due to Storm Gerrit, we’ve got needed to make some changes to our schedule in the present day.

‘Now we have apologised to our clients for any disruption to their journey plans and our groups are working onerous to get them on their approach as rapidly as doable.’

As well as, there was disruption on South Western Railway trains via Clapham Junction in South West London attributable to a separate signalling downside.

Rail passengers additionally confronted a sequence of additional issues that didn’t look like associated to the storm.

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire in the present day

A woman walks through flooding on the A82 in Dumbarton today amid torrential rain

A woman walks through flooding on the A82 in Dumbarton today amid torrential rain

A lady walks via flooding on the A82 in Dumbarton in the present day amid torrential rain

Shoppers walk through the rain in Birmingham city centre today to take a look at the sales

Shoppers walk through the rain in Birmingham city centre today to take a look at the sales

Customers stroll via the rain in Birmingham metropolis centre in the present day to try the gross sales

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King’s Cross station in the present day amid main disruption to LNER providers

Stormy conditions on Tynemouth Longsands beach in Tyne and Wear this morning

Stormy conditions on Tynemouth Longsands beach in Tyne and Wear this morning

Stormy situations on Tynemouth Longsands seashore in Tyne and Put on this morning

People walk on Westminster Bridge in London this morning as strong winds hit Britain

People walk on Westminster Bridge in London this morning as strong winds hit Britain

Individuals stroll on Westminster Bridge in London this morning as sturdy winds hit Britain

Information signs at London St Pancras station showing cancelled trains this afternoon

Information signs at London St Pancras station showing cancelled trains this afternoon

Data indicators at London St Pancras station displaying cancelled trains this afternoon

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland today as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland today as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland in the present day as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire in the present day

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King’s Cross station in the present day amid main disruption to LNER providers

A fallen tree blocks the road on Three Mile Lane in Keele, Staffordshire, this morning

A fallen tree blocks the road on Three Mile Lane in Keele, Staffordshire, this morning

A fallen tree blocks the highway on Three Mile Lane in Keele, Staffordshire, this morning

Racegoers attempt to shelter from the weather at Chepstow in Monmouthshire today

Racegoers attempt to shelter from the weather at Chepstow in Monmouthshire today

Racegoers try and shelter from the climate at Chepstow in Monmouthshire in the present day 

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire in the present day

A flooded driveway near the East Yorkshire village of Watton today amid Storm Gerrit

A flooded driveway near the East Yorkshire village of Watton today amid Storm Gerrit

A flooded driveway close to the East Yorkshire village of Watton in the present day amid Storm Gerrit

There was disruption attributable to engineering works not being completed on time within the Nunhead space of South East London – affecting Southeastern providers between the capital and Kent, and cancelling Thameslink trains between London Blackfriars and Sevenoaks.

Met Workplace climate warnings for in the present day 

  • Rain – Wales – Midnight in the present day till 6pm in the present day
  • Rain and wind – Northern Eire – 2am in the present day till 10am in the present day
  • Wind – Southern England – 3am in the present day till 6pm in the present day
  • Rain – South West Scotland and northern England – 3am in the present day till 6pm in the present day
  • Wind – Northern Scotland – 3am in the present day till 11.59pm in the present day
  • Rain – North West England – 3am in the present day till 6pm in the present day
  • Rain and snow – Northern Scotland – 6am in the present day till 9pm in the present day
  • Wind – Western Wales and North West England – 6pm in the present day till 3am tomorrow
  • Wind and snow – Shetland Islands – 9pm in the present day till 6am tomorrow

In the meantime CrossCountry cancelled providers between Nottingham and Cardiff Central attributable to a scarcity of practice drivers.

It comes on prime of pre-planned rail closures together with London Paddington which has been shut since Christmas Eve with no Heathrow Specific or direct Elizabeth line providers.

On the Elizabeth line platforms at Paddington are open for providers to and from Abbey Wooden and Shenfield. There isn’t any Elizabeth line between Paddington and Ealing Broadway. 

Transport for London (TfL) additionally has pre-planned half closures on the London Overground and Docklands Mild Railway (DLR) in the present day.

London Victoria station additionally has no Southeastern providers between till January 2, whereas Larger Anglia providers between London Liverpool Road and Norwich are being disrupted via the Chelmsford space till New 12 months’s Day.

The Met Workplace mentioned Gerrit – the seventh named storm of the present UK storm season – was named as a warning to folks coming house after the vacations.

Its meteorologist Simon Partridge mentioned: ‘As a result of extent of the warnings which might be being issued, it was deemed {that a} named storm can be a good suggestion as a result of it should spotlight to the general public the danger related, significantly as tomorrow is prone to be fairly a busy day on the roads with folks travelling again house from Christmas and issues like that.’

A storm is called when it’s deemed to have the potential to trigger medium or excessive impacts on the UK and/or Eire.

Shoppers walk through the rain in Birmingham city centre today to take a look at the sales

Shoppers walk through the rain in Birmingham city centre today to take a look at the sales

Customers stroll via the rain in Birmingham metropolis centre in the present day to try the gross sales

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King’s Cross station in the present day amid main disruption to LNER providers

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire in the present day

Information signs at London St Pancras station showing delayed trains this afternoon

Information signs at London St Pancras station showing delayed trains this afternoon

Data indicators at London St Pancras station displaying delayed trains this afternoon

Flooding at Tophill Low Nature Reserve in East Yorkshire today amid Storm Gerrit

Flooding at Tophill Low Nature Reserve in East Yorkshire today amid Storm Gerrit

Flooding at Tophill Low Nature Reserve in East Yorkshire in the present day amid Storm Gerrit

People walk along the Southbank in London this morning as Storm Gerrit hits Britain

People walk along the Southbank in London this morning as Storm Gerrit hits Britain

Individuals stroll alongside the Southbank in London this morning as Storm Gerrit hits Britain 

A tree fell onto the railway line in the Dumbarton area this morning which then caught fire

A tree fell onto the railway line in the Dumbarton area this morning which then caught fire

A tree fell onto the railway line within the Dumbarton space this morning which then caught fireplace

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire in the present day

Workers try to clear the A82 road from flooding in Dumbarton today amid heavy rain

Workers try to clear the A82 road from flooding in Dumbarton today amid heavy rain

Employees attempt to clear the A82 highway from flooding in Dumbarton in the present day amid heavy rain

People walk on Westminster Bridge in London this morning as strong winds hit Britain

People walk on Westminster Bridge in London this morning as strong winds hit Britain

Individuals stroll on Westminster Bridge in London this morning as sturdy winds hit Britain

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King’s Cross station in the present day amid main disruption to LNER providers

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland today as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland today as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

The flooded railway line at Bowling station in Scotland in the present day as Storm Gerrit causes chaos

Betting stalls struggle with the weather at Chepstow Racecourse in Monmouthshire today

Betting stalls struggle with the weather at Chepstow Racecourse in Monmouthshire today

Betting stalls wrestle with the climate at Chepstow Racecourse in Monmouthshire in the present day

The Met Workplace and Met Eireann launched the scheme in 2015 to call storms as a part of efforts to boost consciousness of utmost climate occasions.

Dover ferry passengers face three-hour delays 

Ferry passengers are going through three-hour delays on the Port of Dover in the present day.

Individuals arriving for cross-Channel sailings are being pressured to attend that lengthy to cross via French border controls, the Kent port mentioned.

It added: ‘We’re working onerous to get you in your approach as rapidly as doable.’

Those that miss booked ferries are being put onto the following crusing with area obtainable.

The port is going through excessive demand as hundreds of individuals make post-Christmas journeys.

Travellers are being suggested to test their ferry operator’s web site or social media accounts for journey updates.

Enhanced passport checks by French border officers Police Aux Frontieres (PAF) following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU have considerably elevated processing instances.

Port bosses have taken a sequence of measures geared toward minimising queues, however they typically construct up throughout peak intervals.

Mr Partridge mentioned moist and windy climate will cowl ‘just about the entire of the UK’, with vital snowfall in components of Scotland.

A yellow rain and snow warning is in place from 6am to 9pm throughout a lot of Scotland in the present day.

‘There are wind warnings out for the south of England, throughout the English Channel coast,’ Mr Partridge added.

‘However we even have wind warnings in drive for components of western Wales, north-west England, Northern Eire, northern Scotland and the Northern Isles.’

He mentioned solely the central part of the UK doesn’t have a wind warning.

Wind warning areas can anticipate gusts of fifty to 60mph, with as much as 70mph on excessive floor and uncovered coasts. Some delays to highway, rail, air and ferry transport are probably, the Met Workplace mentioned.

‘When it comes to rain, we’ve got rain warnings out for the entire of Northern Eire, western Wales, north-west England, after which there is a mixed form of rain and snow warning for Scotland,’ Mr Partridge added.

Rain within the warning areas is forecast to be between 40 to 60mm, with the potential for 70 to 90mm within the western hills of Wales and the western facet of the Pennines.

There’s a likelihood of energy cuts, in addition to a small likelihood that properties and companies might be flooded.

Anyplace above 200 metres (650ft) in Scotland and the Northern Isles is prone to see some snow, he added.

Community Rail Scotland warned passengers velocity restrictions can be in place in the present day and to test for cancellations.

ScotRail buyer operations director Phil Campbell mentioned: ‘Sadly, we anticipate disruption to our providers as a result of antagonistic climate, and clients can anticipate some adjustments to their journeys.

Police Scotland said officers in Dundee dealt with a collision on the A90 near Inchture today

Police Scotland said officers in Dundee dealt with a collision on the A90 near Inchture today

Police Scotland mentioned officers in Dundee handled a collision on the A90 close to Inchture in the present day

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King’s Cross station in the present day amid main disruption to LNER providers

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire in the present day

Shoppers wait outside a Zara store in Birmingham city centre in the rain today during the sales

Shoppers wait outside a Zara store in Birmingham city centre in the rain today during the sales

Customers wait exterior a Zara retailer in Birmingham metropolis centre within the rain in the present day throughout the gross sales

A tree fell onto the railway line in the Dumbarton area this morning which then caught fire

A tree fell onto the railway line in the Dumbarton area this morning which then caught fire

A tree fell onto the railway line within the Dumbarton space this morning which then caught fireplace

A wet start to the day in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, today as Storm Gerrit hits the UK

A wet start to the day in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, today as Storm Gerrit hits the UK

A moist begin to the day in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, in the present day as Storm Gerrit hits the UK

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King's Cross station today amid major disruption to LNER services

Passengers at London King’s Cross station in the present day amid main disruption to LNER providers

A Traffic Scotland image of snow on the A85 road in Glen Ogle, Stirlingshire, this morning

A Traffic Scotland image of snow on the A85 road in Glen Ogle, Stirlingshire, this morning

A Site visitors Scotland picture of snow on the A85 highway in Glen Ogle, Stirlingshire, this morning

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire in the present day

A lorry travels along the snowy A68 at Soutra this morning, south east of Edinburgh

A lorry travels along the snowy A68 at Soutra this morning, south east of Edinburgh

A lorry travels alongside the snowy A68 at Soutra this morning, south east of Edinburgh

Snow this morning on the A9 at Drumochter, a mountain pass road in the Scottish Highlands

Snow this morning on the A9 at Drumochter, a mountain pass road in the Scottish Highlands

Snow this morning on the A9 at Drumochter, a mountain cross highway within the Scottish Highlands 

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire today

The swollen River Severn as flood defences are put in place at Ironbridge in Shropshire in the present day

‘We can be working carefully with our colleagues at Community Rail Scotland to make sure we’re capable of preserve folks transferring as a lot as doable, however clients must also anticipate that their journeys will take longer than traditional, and there might be some cancellations. ‘

Individuals affected by Storm Gerrit are urged to contact insurers 

Individuals and companies affected by injury from Storm Gerrit ought to contact their insurer as quickly as doable for assist and recommendation, mentioned the Affiliation of British Insurers (ABI).

The ABI mentioned the precedence for insurers can be to assist clients affected by the storm to recuperate as rapidly as doable.

ABI spokesperson Malcolm Tarling mentioned: ‘Each time and wherever unhealthy climate strikes, insurers are prepared to assist their clients. Storm Gerrit might be a nasty, costly and inconvenient expertise for some, and the precedence for insurers can be to assist affected owners, companies and drivers recuperate as quickly as doable. In the event you endure injury to your property, contact your insurer as quickly as you’ll be able to for assist and recommendation.’

Anybody needing to journey ought to repeatedly test and observe transport recommendation, depart as a lot further time as they’ll for the journey and drive with care – for instance, in heavy rain and wind enable adequate area from the automobile in entrance, the ABI mentioned. 

Complete motor insurance coverage insurance policies will cowl storm injury to automobiles.

If somebody’s house is affected by storm injury, they need to contact their insurer as quickly as doable. Many insurers have 24-hour emergency helplines. If needed, folks might prepare non permanent emergency repairs to cease any injury getting worse, however the ABI mentioned they need to converse to their insurer first.

If somebody has to rearrange emergency repairs themselves, they need to inform their insurer and preserve any receipts, as this may kind a part of their declare.

The ABI mentioned folks shouldn’t be in a rush to throw away broken objects, until they’re a hazard to well being, as these might be able to be repaired or restored. Insurers will have the ability to advise their clients on this.

The operator added: ‘We’re asking anybody with backyard tools similar to tents, trampolines or furnishings, to safe objects in order that they do not blow on to the tracks and intrude with lineside tools.’

The RAC has warned drivers to not underestimate the hazards of excessive winds.

Spokesperson Simon Williams mentioned: ‘Whereas high-sided automobiles are most vulnerable to being blown astray, automotive drivers can be affected after they cross lorries on the motorway and are abruptly hit by the complete drive of the wind on the opposite facet.

‘Holding each fingers on the wheel always is one of the best recommendation, together with watching different automobiles very rigorously in order to not get caught out by any sudden adjustments in course.

‘Attending to motorways and main roads might also be harder. Drivers ought to scale back their speeds and be on the look-out for fallen branches, and even timber, together with different particles.’

The RNLI urged these visiting the coast to train excessive warning, significantly alongside uncovered cliffs, seafronts and piers.

Gareth Morrison, RNLI water security associate, mentioned: ‘The RNLI advises staying a protected distance away from the water and cliff edges because the situations may knock you off your ft or wash you into the ocean. It isn’t value risking your life.’

Stein Connelly from Transport Scotland mentioned: ‘The Met Workplace has issued yellow climate warnings for giant components of the nation.

‘We’re seeing rain throughout south-west Scotland, rain and wind throughout the central belt, and in addition some snow throughout northern Scotland.

‘Any such climate is not uncommon for this time of 12 months, however yellow warnings do imply the potential for vital journey disruption and that is what we’re seeing in the present day throughout the highway and rail community with ferry providers additionally impacted.

‘Now we have well-established plans with companions to reply to these situations that are presently being progressed.

‘Our working firms are working onerous in antagonistic situations to take away fallen timber and clear roads of snow presently.’

He urged folks to plan forward and to drive to situations.

He suggested drivers to test the Site visitors Scotland web site for issues on trunk roads and people utilizing public transport to test with their operators.

Storm Gerrit comes lower than per week since Storm Pia lashed components of the UK within the countdown to the festive season. 

Winds of greater than 80mph battered northern components of the UK, with gusts of 81mph recorded at Brizlee Wooden close to Alnwick, Northumberland, and at Baltasound on Shetland, with 70mph gusts reported elsewhere within the North East of England.

** Have YOU been hit by the storm and are you stranded on roads or at stations together with King’s Cross? Electronic mail your tales and footage to: [email protected] ** 



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