...Build­ings dam­aged, cars forced off the roads

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

LON­DON - Bri­tain is be­ing bat­tered by 95mph winds as the rem­nants of Storm Fionn tears its way across the coun­try.

Mo­torists are be­ing warned to stay off the roads to­day amid fears cars could again be­come stranded as parts of the UK are also hit by fur­ther 'per­sis­tent and heavy snow'.

The coun­try is braced for strong gusts and heavy snow in south­ern Scot­land, north­ern Eng­land and North­ern Ire­land, with po­lice warn­ing against any travel in parts of Bri­tain af­ter a weather warn­ing was up­graded to se­vere.

Se­vere gales of 93mph were recorded at Capel Curig Saws in Wales to­day, while gusts reached 72mph at Lon­don City Air­port and Liver­pool this morn­ing. At least 30 ve­hi­cles are stuck on the A19 north­bound, near Hartle­pool, as heavy snow show­ers hit the re­gion. Po­lice are at the scene but there is no sign on any move­ment due to snow ploughs not be­ing able to get through.

The Dart­ford River cross­ing was closed this morn­ing due to the strong winds caus­ing traf­fic chaos on the M25, A2 and A13.

The roof of a three-storey town­house has blown off in Coven­try overnight. No in­juries have been re­ported from the in­ci­dent. Pic­tures of fallen trees block­ing roads, emerged from across the coun­try, in­clud­ing in New­port and Le­ices­ter.

Na­tional Rail re­ported wide­spread weather-re­lated de­lays, in­clud­ing dis­rup­tion caused by a train hit­ting a tree near Lower Sy­den­ham in south-east Lon­don, and an­other ser­vice col­lid­ing with a fence on the line near Sheer­ness-on-Sea in Kent.

All South­ern Rail ser­vices into Lon­don have been af­fected by weather in­ci­dents. South­ern tick­ets are be­ing ac­cepted on Lon­don buses be­tween Uck­field and Lewes - Tun­bridge Wells, on South­east­ern ser­vices be­tween Tun­bridge Wells and Lon­don, and on South­ern ser­vices via Hay­wards Heath.

Pas­sen­gers were warned of de­lays and can­cel­la­tions across routes in ar­eas in­clud­ing Wey­mouth, Bournemout­h, Southamp­ton, Portsmouth, Guild­ford and Lon­don Water­loo.

The prob­lem also dam­aged sig­nalling equip­ment at Mil­ford, Sur­rey, block­ing lines, and power sup­ply equip­ment at Hinch­ley Wood.

A tree also fell onto the line in the Deal area of Kent, while a freight train struck two sheds that had blown on to the rail­way be­tween New­town and Welsh­pool in Wales.

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