BRITAIN IS BATTERED BY 95MPH WINDS
...Buildings damaged, cars forced off the roads
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.