Strong winds continue to batter East Lancashire

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  • Winds are expected to gust up to around 70mph today
  • Hilly areas are expected to bear the brunt of the storms
  • Met Office has not ruled out ‘wintry showers’ developing in certain areas, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • Let us know if you have been affected

2:40pm

Today:

It will be a windy and chilly day with severe gale force winds affecting coastal areas and higher ground at times. There will also be a mixture of sunshine and scattered showers, which will turn wintry over the hills. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

Tonight:

It will remain windy at first, but through the night winds will gradually ease. Further showers are also likely across the region, these again will turn to snow over hills. Minimum temperature -1 °C.

Wednesday:

Sunshine and perhaps a few showers on Christmas Day, with winds much lighter than previous days. Showers may turn wintry across the hills. Despite the sunshine it will feel chilly. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

1:09pm

 

Around 150,000 homes are without power, mainly in southern England, after storms caused damage to power lines

BBC News

11:55am

Travelling by train today? This is a handy little page...

http://help.thetrainline.com/app/railstatus

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Yellow Weather Warning: An area of low pressure will bring strong winds to the area today. There is the likelihood of widespread gales, with gusts of 50's of mph inland and 65-75 mph on some coasts and hills.

The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel. The public is advised to take extra care.

MET Office

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10:48am

 

Good news if you are travelling on East Coast Trains today. They are running to their published timetable and have relaxed all ticket restrictions "to help customers get home for Christmas". However travellers are still advised to check before setting out on their journeys.

BBC News

10:46am

Travel chaos as bleak weather continues - have you been affected?

BRITAIN'S bleak midwinter continued today with strong winds, floods and fallen trees causing chaos to travellers trying to get away for Christmas.

Let us know if you have been affected...

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10:26am

 

Sunshine and perhaps a few showers on Christmas Day, with winds much lighter than previous days. Showers may turn wintry across the hills. Despite the sunshine it will feel chilly. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

MET OFFICE

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As many try to travel home for Christmas, there is widespread disruption to rail services:

  • Southern services are suspended until further notice because of "extreme disruption" to the network
  • South West Trains says no trains will run before 10:00 GMT to allow lines to be checked
  • East Coast trains is planning to run its Christmas Eve timetable, as published
  • Virgin says it expects delays and disruption to its services
  • First Great Western services may be affected as a result of Monday's disruption
  • The Cardiff Valleys, Cambrian Mainline and Birmingham International/New Street routes of Arriva Trains Wales are affected
  • The Gatwick Express is not running
  • Many other routes are also being hit by cancellations and delays, with people advised to check before they travel

8:49am

It will be a windy and chilly day with severe gale force winds affecting coastal areas and higher ground at times. There will also be a mixture of sunshine and scattered showers, which will turn wintry over the hills. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

5:22pm

This Evening and Tonight:

Heavy and persistent rain will return during the night, but will clear in the early hours. Remaining windy, but less so once the rain clears. Drier and clearer thereafter with scattered showers, turning increasingly wintry as it becomes colder. Minimum temperature 2 °C.

Tuesday:

Sunny spells and scattered showers, perhaps wintry over higher ground. More persistent rain and hill snow is likely across Cumbria later. Rather cold and staying windy, severe gales in places. Maximum temperature 6 °C.

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The AA says it has attended around 8,500 breakdowns so far today, of an anticipated total of 15,000. It says it is currently receiving around 1,100 calls per hour.

3:26pm

National Rail Enquiries have tweeted several updates:

  • Overhead wire problems are causing disruption near #WestHampstead - trains between London St Pancras and Bedford are being delayed #UKStorm
  • First TransPennine Express passengers are suggesting to travel asap due to possible disruption tomorrow. Travel today is possible
  • Chiltern Railways services are being disrupted by an emergency speed restriction of 50mph, which will run from 19:00 until 07:00 tomorrow

2:45pm

The Met Office says the whole of the UK is now under a "be aware" yellow alert for strong winds on Friday. Warnings will be refined closer to the time, it says.

2:31pm

2:28pm

 

Here's the latest on flood warnings for England and Wales. There are:

No severe flood warnings - indicating danger to life - in place

There are nine flood warnings - indicating flooding is expected and immediate action is required

140 flood alerts are in place, meaning flooding is possible, be prepared

BBC Weather

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1:42pm

The strong winds are causing havoc in East Lancashire...

Lancashire Telegraph:

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:31pm

Lancashire Telegraph: heavy rain continues to fall in East Lancashire, with flooding reported in several areas

Met Office forecasters are expecting a stormy start and end to Christmas week. However, there will be a calmer, colder spell for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The stormy conditions could bring damaging gusts of wind of up to 85 mph along some southeastern coasts of England on Monday night and 90 mph later on Tuesday for western Scotland and the Northern Isles.

Met Office Chief Forecaster Andy Page, said: “A rapidly deepening area of low pressure is developing to the west of Ireland and is forecast to pass just to the northwest of the UK overnight and on Tuesday.

“This will bring stormy conditions to the UK, with the strongest winds likely along the south and southeast coasts of England on Monday night and for Northern Ireland, the north and northwest of Scotland on Tuesday. This storm brings the potential for disruption to transport.

For further information contact Met Office Press Office 01392 886655 or email pressoffice@metoffice.gov.uk

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AA OFFERS ADVICE TO HOME OWNERS AND DRIVERS AS SEVERE WEATHER CLOSES IN

• ‘Amber’ weather warning: possible flooding and storm damage to homes
• AA issues advice to householders and drivers
• “Just stay out of flood water” AA warns motorists
• Severe weather expected to move to north and north-west of UK on Christmas Eve

The AA’s specialist severe weather team, AA Special Operations, is currently deployed across the South West and South Wales as high winds and heavy rain are expected to affect southern counties over the next 24 hours, moving to the north-west later.

Meanwhile, AA Insurance has emailed over quarter of a million customers who could be affected by the forecast severe weather, offering advice on dealing with property damage, including flooding; and driving through flood water.

Darron Burness, head of the AA’s Flood rescue team, says: “We are working with the Environment Agency and the emergency services to provide support in the South West and elsewhere in southern counties. 

“However, the situation is fast developing and we will change our plans to ensure we offer support where it is most needed. We expect the worst of the winds tomorrow (Christmas Eve) to be in Northern Ireland, south and central Scotland and northern England.”

AA Insurance is urging homeowners and drivers to take seriously warnings of flooding caused by heavy rain which is expected to swell many rivers and other water courses.

“Drivers should take considerable care while driving as the combination of high winds and heavy rain could be life threatening,” Darron Burness says, pointing out that a third of flood-related deaths involve a vehicle because drivers take unnecessary risks.

This comes at a time when the AA and the Environment Agency recently warned that over half of drivers (54%)* admitted that they would risk endangering themselves by driving through flood water, while a quarter (27%) said they would drive through moving flood water that is more than a foot (30cm) deep.

“Moving flood water is powerful, relentless and deceptively dangerous.  A foot or 30cm of moving water can float your car possibly sweeping you into deeper water – so just stay out,” he says.

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Lancashire Telegraph:

This BBC weather map illustrates strong winds set to hit the UK at 5pm today.

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After a generally dry start, turning very wet and windy during the morning with gales likely, especiallyalong the coasts, and transient snow across the Pennines. The rain will clear through the afternoon, with heavy showers following and staying windy.

BBC Weather

10:06am

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MET OFFICE: "After a generally dry start, turning very wet and windy during the morning with gales likely, especially along the coasts, and transient snow across the Pennines. The rain will clear through the afternoon, with heavy showers following and staying windy. Maximum temperature 11 °C."

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Winds are expected to gust up to around 70mph today and tomorrow, with following rain. Hilly areas are expected to bear the brunt of the storms.

And while it might not be a true white Christmas across the area, the Met Office has not ruled out ‘wintry showers’ developing in certain areas, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The temperature could drop to freezing point at times on Wednesday but the outlook is expected to be slightly brighter for Boxing Day, with sunshine and showers predicted on Friday.

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