Storm Ciara: falling tree kills driver as gales and snow hit UK


Storm Ciara has claimed its first victim after a falling tree killed a 58-year-old Mercedes driver with more gales and snow on the way and concerns of another bout of appalling weather next weekend.

Strong winds blew trees, sheds, roofs, trampolines and other debris onto tracks on Sunday, blocking lines and bringing down overhead power cables. More than 20,000 homes spent the night without power overnight while there were also 107 flood warnings and 252 flood alerts in place across the country as of 11am. 

On Sunday a 58-year-old man was driving from Winchester to his home in Micheldever, Hampshire, when the tree came down during the squall. The accident happened at 4pm when wind speeds in the area were believed to be in excess of 60mph. 

The road was closed for hours and emergency services pronounced the man dead at the scene. 

The Met Office have issued amber weather warnings today for snow, gales, snow and ice, as commuters faced havoc this morning. Forecasters said some areas could see blizzards, with some parts of Scotland already getting a blanket of snow today.

Footage posted today shows a tree landing on two parked cars on a street in West London, while train services have been delayed by trampolines and branches on the tracks.

Storm Ciara brought a month and a half’s rainfall in just 24 hours as gusts of more than 90 miles per hour swept across the country on Sunday and there¬†are also concerns we could be facing an extended period of bad weather, as a cold front moves into the UK.¬†

A couple have described how their "whole house shook" after a tree crashed through the roof of their home during Storm Ciara, in Willington Derbyshire

A couple have described how their ‘whole house shook’ after a tree crashed through the roof of their home during Storm Ciara, in Willington Derbyshire

Ed Simons from The Chemical Brothers posted a photo on social media of a tree after it landed on a Mini Cooper after Storm Ciara in West London

Ed Simons from The Chemical Brothers posted a photo on social media of a tree after it landed on a Mini Cooper after Storm Ciara in West London

Another photo from the same incident above showing the tree crushing another vehicle on the same street in west London

Another photo from the same incident above showing the tree crushing another vehicle on the same street in west London

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: ‘While Storm Ciara is clearing away, that doesn’t mean we’re entering a quieter period of weather. It’s going to stay very unsettled.¬†

Thames Barrier closes flood gates to protect London

The Thames Barrier has closed the floodgates today in order to protect the capital from flooding.

The barrier, operational since 1982. was shut for the 187th time in its history.

The Thames Barrier is a movable barrier system that is designed to prevent Greater London from being flooded by exceptionally high tides and storm surges.

The gates are expected to open again later this afternoon 

The Thames Barrier is Closed for the 187th time since it opened in 1982

The Thames Barrier is Closed for the 187th time since it opened in 1982

‘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 on Monday and Tuesday and with strong winds, blizzards aren’t out of the question.’¬†

The weather chaos also saw lightning strike a house in Helleur Close in Par, Cornwall, causing damage to two properties.

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the incident, where residents said they heard ‘an almighty bang’ before electrics were blown in the whole street.

Electric sockets blew up and the internet went down in the whole area.

The emergency services said that no one was seriously hurt, but one resident said there had been a ‘hell of a bang’, Cornwall Live¬†reports.

Following the death of the 58-year-old man from Winchester today, a¬†Hampshire Police spokesman said: ‘We are investigating after a tree fell onto a car on the A33 during the storm on Sunday (February 9) and killed a man.

‘The 58-year-old man, from Micheldever, was driving his Mercedes from Winchester to Micheldever when the tree fell just before 4pm.’

Commuters are facing a tough day of travel with train services suffering delays and cancellations as repairs are made to the railway following damage caused by the extreme weather. 

The West Coast Main Line is suspended between Carlisle and Glasgow due to flooding at Caldew Viaduct, Cumbria.

Rail replacement buses have been deployed but passengers are being warned they will be ‘extremely busy’.

A Network Rail spokesman said thousands of its engineers ‘battled horrendous conditions’ throughout Sunday and overnight into Monday in a bid to clear tracks and repair damage.

Speed restrictions exist on several routes, meaning journeys are taking longer than normal and frequencies are reduced.

Among the operators affected are Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, LNER, Northern, ScotRail and South Western Railway. 

Airlines operating to and from UK airports continue to be affected by the weather conditions, with more than 100 flights cancelled.

Floodwater in York this morning after the River Ouse burst its banks in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country Sunday

Floodwater in York this morning after the River Ouse burst its banks in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country Sunday

Commuters are facing long delays on Monday morning as the West Coast main line is currently blocked by floods, near Caldew, near Carlisle

Commuters are facing long delays on Monday morning as the West Coast main line is currently blocked by floods, near Caldew, near Carlisle

A motorist on Monday morning braving flooded roads in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Drivers have been advised to take care in what will be difficult driving conditions this morning

A motorist on Monday morning braving flooded roads in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Drivers have been advised to take care in what will be difficult driving conditions this morning

A flooded Tesco supermarket car park in Carlisle in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country this morning

A flooded Tesco supermarket car park in Carlisle in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country this morning

Workers secure a shipping container, lodged under the Rastrick Bridge, after it floated down the River Calder in Brighouse, north England

Workers secure a shipping container, lodged under the Rastrick Bridge, after it floated down the River Calder in Brighouse, north England

Two men look at floodwater in York after the River Ouse burst its banks in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country Sunday

Two men look at floodwater in York after the River Ouse burst its banks in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country Sunday

A car is seen submerged as flood water covers the roads in Mytholmroyd, northern England after the River Calder burst its banks on Sunday

A car is seen submerged as flood water covers the roads in Mytholmroyd, northern England after the River Calder burst its banks on Sunday

A man is pictured scaling a fence in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, in a pair of wellington boots after rainwater savaged the area

A man is pictured scaling a fence in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, in a pair of wellington boots after rainwater savaged the area

The scene in York this morning after the River Ouse burst its banks in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country Sunday

The scene in York this morning after the River Ouse burst its banks in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country Sunday

British Airways and easyJet appeared to be the worst affected, although several other airlines were also hit.

By 11am, some 33 of Heathrow’s Monday departures were cancelled – equivalent to 5% of flights – and a further 82 were delayed by at least 15 minutes.

British Airways said ‘safety is at the heart of everything we do’ and stressed that the airline is ‘carefully assessing every flight’.

It added: ‘We are sorry for the disruption to your travel plans and are doing all we can to get you to your destination as quickly as we can.’

Passengers due to travel on domestic and European flights on Monday were able to re-book to an alternative date.

Another man has died in an accident off Oban in Argyll during Storm Ciara. It is believed the 50-year-old got into difficulties in the Sound of Kerrea on Sunday.

Police said the death was being treated as ‘unexplained’ but there were ‘no suspicious circumstances.’ The man was with a group of divers who were located on the shore at south of Oban. It is believed the death is not weather related.

P&O Ferries said it was forced to cancel several sailings between Dover and Calais due to the knock-on effect of the weekend’s weather.

Another ferry firm, DFDS, said its services on the route were disrupted due to the Channel’s weather conditions.

Several roads around the country remained closed on Monday due to fallen trees and flooding, with a lorry overturning on the Severn Bridge.

A refuse collector struggles with the bins in the Village of Tomatin as snow hits the Highlands as Storm Ciara continues to batter the UK

A refuse collector struggles with the bins in the Village of Tomatin as snow hits the Highlands as Storm Ciara continues to batter the UK

Snow hits the town of Bathgate in West Lothian, Scotland, as Storm Ciara continues its blustery assault on the British Isles

Snow hits the town of Bathgate in West Lothian, Scotland, as Storm Ciara continues its blustery assault on the British Isles

Snowy conditions at the Tan Hill Inn in Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales. Weather warnings for wind, snow and ice have been issued across large parts of the country as the UK struggles to recover from the battering from Storm Ciara

Snowy conditions at the Tan Hill Inn in Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales. Weather warnings for wind, snow and ice have been issued across large parts of the country as the UK struggles to recover from the battering from Storm Ciara

The M90 between junction 3 and 2 is covered in a layer of snow, and there are also understood to be high winds making driving conditions difficult

The M90 between junction 3 and 2 is covered in a layer of snow, and there are also understood to be high winds making driving conditions difficult

A snowplough on the A9 near Inverness as snow hits the Highlands as Storm Ciara continues to batter the UK

A snowplough on the A9 near Inverness as snow hits the Highlands as Storm Ciara continues to batter the UK

Snowy conditions at the Tan Hill Inn in Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales, weather warnings for wind, snow and ice have been issued across large parts of the country as the UK struggles to recover from the battering from Storm Ciara

Snowy conditions at the Tan Hill Inn in Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales, weather warnings for wind, snow and ice have been issued across large parts of the country as the UK struggles to recover from the battering from Storm Ciara

Britain is braced for blizzards and up to 20cm of snow in the wake of Storm Ciara which is blasting winds of up to 93mph, with travel chaos set to continue across the country

Britain is braced for blizzards and up to 20cm of snow in the wake of Storm Ciara which is blasting winds of up to 93mph, with travel chaos set to continue across the country

An historic Windmill restaurant was also destroyed in the Lincolnshire town of Burgh Le Marsh. Yesterday the sails were seen spinning out of control and the High Street was evacuated by emergency services.

The RAC urged motorists embarking on journeys as Storm Ciara clears to carry out vehicle checks such as their fuel level, lights and tyre tread.   

Passengers at the country’s second largest airport took to social media to complain about lengthy delays, scuffles and children reportedly sleeping on the floor, with holiday firm TUI coming in for criticism.

On Twitter, Joanne Rose, posted a picture holding her son and said: ‘This is after 14 hours being stuck at Gatwick airport with my 4 year old son and my 82 year old mother ! With not one person from your company to help us !!!! Disgusted is an understatement!!! The time is now 23.47.

And Ade Peachey said: ‘Absolutely disgusting service from your front desk at British Airways today. We were left standing for over 3 hours, some fights broke out in the queue which your staff didn’t even bother to get security for. As for your front desk staff, they need to relearn.’¬†¬†

Passengers posted an image at Gatwick Airport of lengthy queues, while others complained of scuffles breaking out

Passengers posted an image at Gatwick Airport of lengthy queues, while others complained of scuffles breaking out

Just after midnight Matt Rose posted a video of disgruntled passengers at Gatwick Airport and asked holiday operator TUI to 'sort it out'

Just after midnight Matt Rose posted a video of disgruntled passengers at Gatwick Airport and asked holiday operator TUI to ‘sort it out’¬†¬†

Ade Peachey took to Twitter to complain about fights breaking out at Gatwick Airport while waiting in a queue

Ade Peachey took to Twitter to complain about fights breaking out at Gatwick Airport while waiting in a queue

On Twitter Joanne Rose posted this picture and said: 'this is after 14 hours being stuck at Gatwick airport with my 4 year old son and my 82 year old mother ! With not one person from your company to help us !!!! Disgusted is an understatement!!! The time is now 23.47'

On Twitter Joanne Rose posted this picture and said: ‘this is after 14 hours being stuck at Gatwick airport with my 4 year old son and my 82 year old mother ! With not one person from your company to help us !!!! Disgusted is an understatement!!! The time is now 23.47’

Commuters wait for trains at Euston Station in London, this morning after a number of delays hitting train services

Commuters wait for trains at Euston Station in London, this morning after a number of delays hitting train services

Commuters is London have wrapped up warm to brave the weather conditions this morning. Many people can expect delays on rail services

Commuters is London have wrapped up warm to brave the weather conditions this morning. Many people can expect delays on rail services

A spokesman for TUI said:¬† ‘Due to the adverse weather conditions caused by Storm Ciara some of our flights were delayed departing from London Gatwick on Sunday 9th February, including TOM4744 to Tenerife.¬†

‘Customers who were not able to depart on Sunday 9th February as planned were provided hotel accommodation, food and drinks, and will be receiving a pro rata refund of their holiday for the inconvenience cause.¬†

‘Although this situation was beyond our control, we understand delays can be frustrating and would like to thank customers for their patience.’

As of 5am on Monday, UK Power Networks reported more than 18,500 properties across the east and southeast of England were still without power while Western Power Distribution said more than 2,800 homes were in the dark.

Flooding and debris on rail lines caused delays and cancellations over the weekend as many major stations across the UK shut due to overcrowding, with at least 10 firms issuing a ‘do not travel’ warning.¬†

Meanwhile, hundreds of flights were grounded – with London’s Heathrow airport the worst affected with more than 400 arrivals and departures axed.

A motorist has miracle escape after car drives into a sinkhole which opens on suburban street in Brentwood, Essex. The massive depression appeared in the early hours of this morning as Storm Ciara raged

A motorist has miracle escape after car drives into a sinkhole which opens on suburban street in Brentwood, Essex. The massive depression appeared in the early hours of this morning as Storm Ciara raged

People living in this Wylde Green home had a lucky escape after Storm Ciara brought a tree crashing down on top of the house.Dramatic pictures show fire crews removing the uprooted the tree, which fell onto the detached Berwood Road property yesterday afternoon

People living in this Wylde Green home had a lucky escape after Storm Ciara brought a tree crashing down on top of the house.Dramatic pictures show fire crews removing the uprooted the tree, which fell onto the detached Berwood Road property yesterday afternoon

A lorry has overturned on the Severn Bridge causing severe delays at Storm Ciara continues to batter Britain today

A lorry has overturned on the Severn Bridge causing severe delays at Storm Ciara continues to batter Britain today

A picture sent in by a reader showing severe damage at a Cineworld in Sheffield today due to the high winds

A picture sent in by a reader showing severe damage at a Cineworld in Sheffield today due to the high winds

The side of a house has come crashing down in high winds this morning. In Hamilton Circle in Leicester emergency services were called to a collapsed building at 4am today

The side of a house has come crashing down in high winds this morning. In Hamilton Circle in Leicester emergency services were called to a collapsed building at 4am today

In Essex, homes have been evacuated in Essex after a car fell into a huge sinkhole following wild weather caused by Storm Ciara.

Pictures from the scene showed the Toyota trapped nose-first in the sinkhole on a residential road in Brentwood, with the driver and passenger doors wide open and both airbags inflated.

It is believed that the car was being driven on the road when the sinkhole opened up, although the driver is said to have escaped uninjured.

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office Frank Saunders said: ‘In the wake of Storm Ciara, it’ll remain unsettled and very windy across the UK and it’ll turn colder with wintry showers and ice an additional hazard, as we head into the new week.¬†

‘A wind and snow warning is in force for parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland on Monday as well as a further yellow wind warning in the south west of England.’

Airports around the country on Sunday night told travellers to check their flight with their airline due to the continuing bad weather conditions.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill¬†said: ‘While Storm Ciara is clearing away, that doesn’t mean we’re entering a quieter period of weather. 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 on Monday and Tuesday and with strong winds, blizzards aren’t out of the question.¬†

A resident in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire pours a bucket of dirty rainwater collected from inside his home onto the street on Monday morning

A resident in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire pours a bucket of dirty rainwater collected from inside his home onto the street on Monday morning 

Misery: Flood victim Karen Smith starts the clear up after Storm Ciara wrecked her home in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire

Misery: Flood victim Karen Smith starts the clear up after Storm Ciara wrecked her home in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire

The Sainsbury's supermarket in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, is pictured covered in rainwater, with stock floating own the aisles this morning

The Sainsbury’s supermarket in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, is pictured covered in rainwater, with stock floating own the aisles this morning

Members of the Fire Brigade help with the clean up efforts in Hebden Bridge, today after flooding brought by Storm Ciara

Members of the Fire Brigade help with the clean up efforts in Hebden Bridge, today after flooding brought by Storm Ciara

Debris left by flooding litters the road in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country on Sunday

Debris left by flooding litters the road in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country on Sunday

Workers clear a street in Mytholmroyd, northern England, on February 10, 2020 after flooding brought by Storm Ciara this morning

Workers clear a street in Mytholmroyd, northern England, on February 10, 2020 after flooding brought by Storm Ciara this morning

A police cordon blocks a road this morning in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country Sunday

A police cordon blocks a road this morning in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country Sunday

Staff clean up flooding damage this morning at the Co-Op store in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country Sunday

Staff clean up flooding damage this morning at the Co-Op store in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country Sunday

Yesterday parts of the West Yorkshire communities of Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge have been inundated again – four years after record flooding devastated the area.

River levels peaked on Sunday just below the record levels of the 2015 Boxing Day floods, which caused millions of pounds of damage to houses and businesses right along the Calder Valley.

More than £30 million has been spent on flood defences in Mytholmroyd since the 2015 deluge, with part of the scheme completed in 2019 and the remainder due to be finished this summer.

Early reports from the village were that some of the new defences held but many homes were still flooded.

At the height of the flooding in the village on Sunday, the floods wardens said on their Facebook page: ‘Please stay at home unless absolutely necessary. There are no passable roads through The Valley.

People walk past a fallen tree, following Storm Ciara, on a residential street in London

People walk past a fallen tree, following Storm Ciara, on a residential street in London

The historic Windmill restaurant was also destroyed in the Lincolnshire town of Burgh Le Marsh. Yesterday the sails were seen spinning out of control and the High Street was evacuated

The historic Windmill restaurant was also destroyed in the Lincolnshire town of Burgh Le Marsh. Yesterday the sails were seen spinning out of control and the High Street was evacuated

A man looks out to the sea as a wave crashes over the barrier onto the promenade in Blackpool, northern England,today at the high winds of Storm Ciara continue

A man looks out to the sea as a wave crashes over the barrier onto the promenade in Blackpool, northern England,today at the high winds of Storm Ciara continue

A tree down on Glenluce Road, in Blackheath, as the effects from Storm Ciara are continued to be felt this morning

A tree down on Glenluce Road, in Blackheath, as the effects from Storm Ciara are continued to be felt this morning

A hole that opened up in the ground in Belfield, Greater Manchester, on Sunday following Storm Ciara

A hole that opened up in the ground in Belfield, Greater Manchester, on Sunday following Storm Ciara

A train  struck a tree and blocked the line on Dorking-Horsham route this morning causing problems from commuters

A train  struck a tree and blocked the line on Dorking-Horsham route this morning causing problems from commuters

The waters of the River Eamont over the top its bank in front of Brougham Castle near Penrith in northwest England this morning

The waters of the River Eamont over the top its bank in front of Brougham Castle near Penrith in northwest England this morning

Flood waters are seen near St. Asaph in North Wales, after Storm Ciara lashed through Britain

Flood waters are seen near St. Asaph in North Wales, after Storm Ciara lashed through Britain

‘There are no shops open for you to buy things from. And if you think you have a vehicle that is capable of driving through flood water still don’t do it.’

On Monday the wardens said: ‘It’s the morning after and possibly the first time people will get a chance to really take stock of the devastation.’

Flooding affected large sections of the River Calder and River Aire in West Yorkshire.

Further downstream, the main bridge at Elland has been closed for structural assessments after a large shipping container hit it and lodged underneath.

Huge waves crash into the harbour wall this morning at Porthcawl in South Wales as Storm Ciara continues to batter the UK

Huge waves crash into the harbour wall this morning at Porthcawl in South Wales as Storm Ciara continues to batter the UK

The DFDS Calais Seaways ferry (right) crashes through waves as high winds continue to effect ferry services at The Port of Dover in Kent, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country on Sunday

The DFDS Calais Seaways ferry (right) crashes through waves as high winds continue to effect ferry services at The Port of Dover in Kent, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country on Sunday

A man stands on the promenade as waves crash over the barriers in Blackpool, northern England, as the high winds brought in by Storm Ciara continue

A man stands on the promenade as waves crash over the barriers in Blackpool, northern England, as the high winds brought in by Storm Ciara continue

A picture sent in by a reader showing three people deciding to head along Lyme Regis pier while heavy waves crash against it today

A picture sent in by a reader showing three people deciding to head along Lyme Regis pier while heavy waves crash against it today

Flood aftermath on the streets of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, clear their house where the river Calder breached the banks causing damage to the town

Flood aftermath on the streets of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, clear their house where the river Calder breached the banks causing damage to the town

Floodwater in York after the River Ouse burst its banks in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country on Sunday

Floodwater in York after the River Ouse burst its banks in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country on Sunday

A cycle rack engulfed by floodwater after the River Ouse burst its banks in York in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country Sunday

A cycle rack engulfed by floodwater after the River Ouse burst its banks in York in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which lashed the country Sunday

The side of a house has come crashing down in high winds this morning. In Hamilton Circle in Leicester emergency services were called to a collapsed building at 4am today

The side of a house has come crashing down in high winds this morning. In Hamilton Circle in Leicester emergency services were called to a collapsed building at 4am today

Martin Slater from the Environment Agency told BBC Radio Leeds: ‘As the rain that fell yesterday moves down the River Aire catchment and the River Calder it will be going through Leeds overnight and today.

‘So we do ask people to remain vigilant and stay away from rivers.’¬†

There were 214 flood warnings in place demanding immediate action, with 177 alerts also suggesting that flooding was possible elsewhere.

Drivers faced treacherous conditions with floodwater, fallen trees and other debris closing roads. The M11 was shut in both directions in Cambridgeshire after an airport hangar in Duxford airfield, the location of the largest aviation museum in the UK, was damaged by high winds.

The major motorway caused chaos¬†near¬†Stansted Airport, with¬†traffic queuing¬†for more than a mile after Highways England said the hangar was ‘likely’ to blow onto road.¬†¬†

Heathrow cancelled 472 flights, with Gatwick axing 333. Elsewhere across the country, Birmingham airport grounded 101, Edinburgh 85 and in Manchester 74 flights were called off.

Planes were being diverted as far as Germany after being unable to land at UK airports due to dangerous weather conditions. A flight from from New York to Gatwick was also diverted to Copenhagen.  

Train providers axed services across swathes of the country, announcing that there would be no journeys at all in certain regions. 

Network rail also imposed a blanket speed restriction of 50mph across the network, warning passengers to only travel if ‘absolutely necessary’.¬†

British Airways has axed flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City, while Virgin Atlantic have announced a number of scrapped flights.

A plane arriving at Birmingham airport was captured swaying in high winds as the pilot attempted to land amid severe winds conditions. 

Elsewhere, high winds forced a British Airways flight at Heathrow to abort its landing just seconds after touching down on the runway.

Footage posted on social media shows  the plane juddering onto the tarmac before the pilot takes off again. It safely landed after circling the airport.

A BA flight was also forced to make an emergency landing in Lyon after after fuel ‘ran close to reserves’.

More than 200 flood warnings were issued across England on Sunday, with the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, in Cumbria, severely hit.

The River Irwell burst its banks at Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, while areas including Blackpool, Whalley, Longton and Rossendale, were affected by flooding in Lancashire.

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

Inland, Manchester Airport recorded gusts of 86 miles per hour, while 178mm of rain fell in Honister Pass, in Cumbria, in the 24 hours to 4pm on Sunday – around one-and-a-half times the average February rainfall of 112mm.

Some 539,000 people experienced a power cut on Sunday with 118,000 left without power by 4pm across the whole of the UK, according to Energy Networks.

Hundreds struggled to get home in London as numerous platforms at London’s Victoria Station were closed after the roof was battered from the wind.¬†¬†

National Rail issued a warning on Twitter saying: ‘Platforms 1-6 at London Victoria are currently closed until further notice due to damage to the roof.’¬†

Commuters at London’s Euston station also faced struggles today as many packed into the station only to be faced with delays.

It was temporarily closed to to overcrowding as photos showed hundreds cramped on platforms, but reopened within half an hour.  

Flooding and debris on rail lines have caused delays and many major stations across the country have been shut due to overcrowding, with many firms issuing a 'do not travel' warning

Flooding and debris on rail lines have caused delays and many major stations across the country have been shut due to overcrowding, with many firms issuing a ‘do not travel’ warning

The train firms which issued ‘do not travel’ warnings were Gatwick Express, Grand Central, Great Northern, Hull Trains, LNER, Northern, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink and TransPennine Express.

Avanti West Coast said no trains will run north of Preston on Sunday until further notice because of the impact of Storm Ciara, and London Euston Twitter account has warned people not to travel.

The public are being asked to report any fallen trees or debris that could be blown onto tracks, after a trampoline was blown onto train tracks in Chelsfield, south London, and disrupted rail services from the South East into the capital.

In Scotland, officials put in place a 40mph speed limit on the Queensferry Crossing, and ferry services were also cancelled after a weather warning was issued by the Met Office. 

Ferries were also disrupted, as P&O said all services at the Port of Dover were suspended due to strong winds and Mersey Ferries cancelled all services until further notice.    

London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports have the worst hit with disruption, leaving many passengers faced with hours of chaos.¬†

Elsewhere around the country, flights are disrupted into and out of airports including the Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool hubs.

Virgin Atlantic has posted a list of cancelled flights on its website. It said it was ‘contacting affected customers and rearranging their travel arrangements’.¬†

But strong tailwinds as Storm Ciara blew in saw British Airways break the record for the fastest flight by a conventional airliner from New York to London.

The BA112 flight, which took off from John F Kennedy airport, was scheduled to land at Heathrow at 6.25am on Sunday but arrived 102 minutes early at 4.43am.

National Express passengers narrowly escaped death when a falling tree misses them by seconds outside London’s Victoria Station earlier today.¬†

High winds caused by Storm Ciara sent the tree crashing onto the road directly into the path of the coach. 

Major roads are closing and being rendered unusable as emergency services warns people not to drive through floodwater.

Police are enforcing emergency speed limits in some areas, amid fears of fatal accidents on Britain’s roads should drivers choose to head out.

Concerns over accidents were amplified as a picture surfaced showing a car smashed up and on its side this morning.

There are now 214 flood warnings in place demanding immediate action, with 177 alerts also suggesting that flooding is possible elsewhere. 

Meanwhile, tourists are stranded abroad as delays hit airports on the continent as well as in the UK. Speaking to the MailOnline, one passenger who has been left stranded in Morzine on the border of France and Switzerland, said her flight was cancelled with no word from travel provider easyJet.

Lisa Norton from London had been skiing at the resort and was due to fly home from Geneva on the 9.40pm flight this evening. Whilst on a ski lift she received a notification from the easyJet app stating that her flight had been cancelled.

‘We were supposed to be going home tonight but the soonest they can fly us home is Wednesday and I need to get back for my job and my child. We are going to Geneva and from there we will fly from Paris, where we have had to get a eurostar ticket to London.’

Lisa, who had been on the trip with her twin sister since Wednesday said it has cost her nearly £1,000 to make different travel arrangements.

‘We didn’t even get an email. There are a few people here at the resort who are in the same situation, but have decided to stay here until they can get a flight back. The weather has been stunning in France, we knew the storm was coming.’ MailOnline has contacted easyJet.

Flights are delayed arriving and leaving major European cities too, with Frankfurt Airport seeing 21 cancelled departures and a further 116 delays. 



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