Bank Holiday Monday WASHOUT: Weather warning as Storm Katie batters UK with 70mph winds

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Megastrom Katie is set to unleash hurricane-force winds on the bank holiday

People travelling back from Bank Discount Holidays © Holiday breaks have faced strong winds and flooded roads today as Storm Katie ripped across the country. Motorists were forced to find new routes home as the Dartford Crossing in Kent and the Severn Bridge in Wales, were closed overnight because of strong winds. Meanwhile South Yorkshire Police have confirmed a fatality as a car crashed into the River Don1 after plunging from the A1M near junction 36 and 37.

The man is believed to have died after his car crashed through safety barriers and plunged 70ft into the river below. The M6 going northbound between junctions 13 and 14 was closed due to parts of a whole lane flooding while water rescue teams were sent to Liskeard, east Cornwall, and a man had to be rescued from his van stuck in floodwater at Dunkeswell, east Devon.

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Police have warned of bad weather conditions on the road after a crash on the M42

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The Met office have warned of flooding across the South, including on the M6 near Stafford

But it’s not just the road affected by the storm. The port of Dover, in Kent, was shut from 8am until just before 11am today with P&O Ferries later tweeting that customers should expect delays and packed ferries for its Calais service.

Several train routes will also see cancellations today due to flooding and fallen trees on the line, including between Portsmouth and Southsea, Yeovil and Exeter and between Bournemouth and Brockenhurst. A string of delays are expected on several other lines. All high speed Condor Ferries between Poole and Guernsey, and between Guernsey and Jersey, have been cancelled on safety grounds.

The Sandbanks Ferry between Studland and Poole in Dorset has also been suspended.

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Meanwhile thousands of airpassengers faced traumatic experiences in the early hours of this morning as aircrafts battled the strong winds. Heathrow faces more than 60 delays and about 40 flights due to land at Gatwick’s north terminal this morning were affected by the gale force weather. The planes had all been due to land at the West Sussex airport after midnight, but by 5am 16 flights had been cancelled and 24 diverted to other destinations because of the stormy weather. Some had made aborted attempts to land at the airport, before being diverted to airports in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Stanstead and East Midlands.

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Airports are facing severe disruption, like this aircraft that flipped at Clacton Aero Club, EssexOne Twitter user wrote: “Truly thankful to be on the ground in Stansted after terrifying failed attempts to land at Gatwick in #StormKatie.”

Another added: “Almost blown over whilst trying to cross the bridge. And I am not of insignificant stature.” Gatwick airport tweeted: “Due to Storm Katie, there is some road disruption around Gatwick. Please leave some extra time to get to the airport if flying this morning.

“Adverse weather has led to a small no of flight cancellations this morning. Please check with your airline for the latest info.”

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A crane in Greenwich was snapped in half in the winds

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Meanwhile in Greenwich, London, an industrial crane has been snapped in half by the heavy winds. The road has been closed and a nearby building was evacuated while emergency services deal with the situation. Nobody was injured. In Croydon one man found scaffolding from a house extension blown on to nearby cars, while several homeowners have snapped photos of their damaged roofs and fences.

Residents at a flock of flats in Wimbledon woke up this morning to find the roof had been ripped off entirely by the hurricane winds.

Fire crews were still at the scene at 9am. A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “We were called at 6:11am this morning.

“We are still at the scene. A section of a flat roof fell into Victoria Mews. We are dealing with multiple incidents due to the weather.

“We advise people to take care when travelling and to bring inside any loose items in their garden – such as furniture or anything else that could blow away.”

London Fire Brigade says it has dealt with more than 110 incidents caused by the high winds.

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The road was closed after the crane collapse

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sed following strong winds in Woodley, Reading

Across the country, scaffolding has collapsed from buildings while cars have been destroyed by fallen tree trunks and branches. The Met Office have predicted that almost a month s worth of rain is due to fall over the course of the Easter weekend, with intense downpours dumping an inch in parts in a matter of hours.

Swathes of the country have been tackling power cuts, flooding and fallen trees along with suffering as homes and businesses are damaged. Gusts of 77mph had been recorded at Berry Head, Devon, while winds of 106mph have now been recorded at The Needles in the Isle of Wight.

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This car in Tonbridge, Kent, was destroyed when a tree trunk was sent crashing down

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The Met Office has warned of damage across the country

The Met Office issued severe weather warnings for strong winds across the region, warning of severe gales powerful enough to topple trees and damage buildings. When travellers finally make it home, they will be faced with more chaos as at least 2,000 homes are without power and 23 flood warnings are in place.

UK Power Networks say they are dealing with a high number of faults across Sussex, Surrey and Kent. Some 900 engineers from Southern Electric are also working to reconnect more than 3,800 properties without supplies,. The firm said it had restored power to 40,300 homes since Sunday night, while a further 41,889 homes across Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight remain without electricity.

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Huge waves battering the UK coastline

We expect 50 to 60mph gusts in land and 70mph around exposed coastal regions

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna

Another alert is in place for heavy rain with intense downpours on fallen debris sparking warnings to expect floods

Meanwhile fierce gales are threatening to whip up mammoth 20ft waves. The Environment Agency has issued 23 flood warnings and 122 alerts in response to what is said were “rapidly rising” river levels2 in the wake of the storm. Katie swept in off the Atlantic late yesterday evening with most of England and Wales battening down the hatches for disruption throughout today.

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A building and debris where Storm Katie has blown part of a roof off.

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Winds of more than 100mph have been recorded

Several sporting events have also been affected by the high winds and rain. AFC Wimbledon tweeted that their match against Portsmouth had been postponed. Meanwhile Twitter has been filled with photos of trampolines littering the streets after being blown out of the gardens of family homes.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said although the worst of the storm will pass by the end of the day and the week will start wet and windy. The Met Office warned people travelling home after the Easter break to take extra care with fallen debris and power outages possible. Fierce winds will drive torrential downpours with more than an inch of rain expected to hit some areas in a matter of hours.

Met Office chief forecaster Will Lang said: An area of low pressure will rapidly deepen to the southwest of the UK later on Sunday and then run northeastwards across England and Wales on Monday accompanied by some very strong winds, large coastal waves and heavy rain.

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Yesterday’s Boat Race was also hit by bad weather

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The Queen and Princess Anne deal with strong winds yesterday

Please be aware of the potential for disruption to outdoor activities and travel, as well as the possibility of fallen trees and temporary interruptions to power supplies.

Some low level disruption from localised flooding looks likely. RAC spokesman Simon Williams warned millions of people are likely to face disruption during severe weather this Easter. He said: Watch out for crosswinds, standing water and aquaplaning.

Katie will be the 11th named storm of the season in a joint initiative between the Met Office and Met Eireann. It follows Storm Jake which hit at the start of the month and will come as a shock to the system to many after a calm end to the winter.

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Motorists have been warned to look out for fallen trees

Sunday saw a band of strong winds sweep Scotland and parts of the north with much of England and Wales in the firing line on Monday. Parts of the country found themselves at the sharp end of thundery weather with heavy rain and hail reported in parts.

The threat of Storm Katie was enough to leave hundreds of families disappointed when the popular Easter Egg Hunt at Highclere Castle otherwise known as Downton Abbey was called off. Organisers blamed months of heavy rain for their decision, with the latest downpour the final straw as they feared people slipping over on the sodden lawns and vehicles getting stuck trying to park on the estate s grounds. The Countess of Carnarvon, who runs the castle with her husband Lord Carnarvon, said: I will miss it this year, but it is a realistic decision and I look forward to next year when Easter falls later in April.

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Many homes have been damaged by the strong gusts, such as this one in Portsmouth

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Winds of 106mph have now been recorded

I hope our regular supporters will return then.

Meanwhile, residents in Looe, Cornwall, travelled Back to the Future when they discovered their clock tower had been struck by lightning. In scenes reminiscent of the Michael J Fox film, residents awoke on Saturday morning to find the clock had stopped at 12.59am just an hour before it was due to go forward to mark the start of British Summer Time. Jim Dale, forecaster for British Weather Services, said it could be two weeks before Britain sees any decent spring weather.

He said: It is looking like a very inclement Easter Monday and there will be a blow, especially along southern coasts.

It will certainly prevent a lot of bank Discount Holidays © holiday outdoor activities with the worst of the wind and rain expected again down in the south.

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This Orpington couple have lost 40 meters of their garden wall to the storm

Into next week things will improve to a degree with fewer showers and feeling less windy.

It could be 10 to 12 days before we get into any proper spring feeling so it will be a case of being patient. Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis warned to expect a washout Easter Monday with more heavy showers and thunder forecast into next week. Although Scotland and the far north will escape the worst of today’s hammering falling temperatures threaten hill snow in parts, he added.

He said: Easter Monday sees the arrival of Storm Katie, bringing a wash-out across England and Wales in the morning, with severe gales for the southeast, though the afternoon is looking better.

The story for the rest of the day will be for increasingly heavy and blustery showers to move in from the west across most parts, with the risk of hail and thunder in some of the showers, hill snow across the north.

Sunny spells and scattered showers for most on Tuesday, locally heavy with hail and thunder.

Sunshine and showers again for central and northern areas on Wednesday, drier in the south with only isolated showers.

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References

  1. ^ car crashed into the River Don (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ what is said were “rapidly rising” river levels (twitter.com)

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