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Commuters face hellish journey to work as Storm Ciara causes train chaos

Storm Ciara is causing Monday morning misery to commuters by crippling train services, resulting in thousands of passengers struggling to get to work.

The Met Office has continued its yellow wind warning as the storm is expected to bring strong gales, heavy showers, snow and ice today resulting in widespread disruption during the rush hour.

Train passengers have been warned to check for cancellations before they head out as the damage from Sunday’s storm is likely to result in cancellations due to damage including fallen trees and debris on rail tracks.

Commuters using London Euston are already experiencing frustrating delays, as are passengers relying on southeastern and southern services.

Motorists are advised to take extra care on the roads as the storm will see difficult driving conditions.

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Commuters are facing travel misery due to train cancellations

Commuters are facing travel misery due to train cancellations

Gatwick Airport has warned travellers there will be further delays following the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Sunday.

It tweeted: “As we recover from storm Ciara, some flights on Monday will be subject to delays and cancellations.

“Passengers should check with their airline for the latest information on their flight.”

Heathrow Airport was the worst affected in the country and was forced to axe more than 400 flights both arrivals and departures.



Hundreds of flights were cancelled on Sunday

Hundreds of flights were cancelled on Sunday

Helen Roberts, from the Met Office, said: “In terms of area this is probably the biggest storm this century.”

She added she had not seen amber warnings – the second most severe level – “on this scale across all of Wales and much of England”.

This could end up being the biggest since 1987,” Ms Roberts said, when the “Great Storm” killed 18 people and felled an estimated 15 million trees.

With winds close to 100mph, Storm Ciara also caused “biblical” flooding on Sunday.



The extreme weather caused train cancellations

The extreme weather caused train cancellations

The M11 between junctions nine and 11 near Cambridge remains shut in both directions as the strong winds has sparked fears the roof of a nearby aircraft hangar could be blown into the road.

Motorists have been warned it could stay closed until Wednesday as the issue will not be resolved until the museum can arrange for the building to be fixed.

A one-mile exclusion zone has also been set up around the building, which has been deemed unsafe.

Nearly 138,000 homes were left without power after a month’s worth of rain fell in one day in some areas.



A tree crashed through a home in Derby

A tree crashed through a home in Derby

UK Power Networks reported at 5am that more than 18,500 properties across the east and southeast of England had no electricity without power.

The latest update from Western Power Distribution said around 13,000 households were in the dark as of Sunday evening.

In addition to flight cancellations some were diverted as far away as Germany because of the perilous conditions from the high winds and torrential rain.

One BA plane was forced to declare an emergency and land in Lyon, France as it ran low on fuel while waiting to touch down at Gatwick.



On Monday morning there were 178 flood warnings in place

On Monday morning there were 178 flood warnings in place

The airline has said there will be a ‘knock-on’ affect on Monday flights.

As waves up to 50ft high battered the coast, hundreds of P&O ferry passengers were stranded at sea for hours as the Pride of Hull struggled to dock.

On Monday morning there were currently 178 flood warnings still in place across the country.

This figure could increase.



The storm caused 'biblical' flooding on Sunday

The storm caused ‘biblical’ flooding on Sunday

As the storm continues to batter the country people have been asked not to risk their lives by visiting to an iconic section of the Welsh coastline to take pictures.

Porthcawl is one of the areas of south Wales where high winds whip up impressive waves and as a result people head there to watch storms.

The RNLI has asked people to instead stay at home and if they want to see the crashing waves using the 24-hour live stream.

The website also shows the latest wind speed and direction, rainfall, temperature, tide times and tide height.



Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria

Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria

Lifeboat Operations Manager Phil Missen said: “The intention of this webcam was to make our coastline safer for those who use the sea, beaches and coastal walks but also show some spectacular views, especially during stormy weather.

“I’m confident that giving people access to these dramatic scenes from their living rooms helps discourage people from putting themselves at risk. I’d certainly encourage people this weekend to watch the waves crashing safely via our cam and not put themselves in any danger.”

Despite the warnings, many people braves the winds and rain to try and grab a selfie or take dramatic pictures of the waves crashing over the pier at Porthcawl.

Launch Authority at Porthcawl Stephen Jones said: “This severe weather could make our seas particularly dangerous and unpredictable, with large waves and swells being a major risk.




“Stormy conditions may be tempting to watch but big waves can easily knock you off your feet.

“The sea is far more powerful than you think and your chances of survival are slim if you are dragged into the swell. Our volunteer lifeboat crews will always launch to rescue those in danger at sea, but to launch into conditions like these could also put their lives at risk.”

The Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “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.”

On Sunday the winds damaged multiple buildings including London’s Victoria station and a guest house in Hawick, Scotland, which partially collapsed.



Middleton Road near to Heaton Park

Middleton Road near to Heaton Park

Residents had to be evacuated in Lancashire and Yorkshire as rivers burst their banks and a major incident was declared by Lancashire police.

Families hit by Boxing Day floods in 2015 were in the line of fire again and those hit by November’s River Don floods were warned to “be prepared”.

Sirens in the West Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge warned of what was to come.

Hours later, parts of nearby
Mytholmroyd were under 4ft of water as it flooded for a third time in eight years.

Resident Adele Smith said: “Utter devastation in my home town of Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge and a catastrophic failure of the flood alleviation scheme, which is nowhere near finished.”

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Emergency services ferried residents to safety using inflatable boats in the Lancashire towns of Bury and Ramsbottom.

And Bury councillor Tamoor Tariq helped families board a bus to a temporary rescue point set up at a local leisure centre.

Mr Tariq told the Mirror: “It’s so deep we’ve had to close off the roads, we had to support people coming out the properties because some of the water was knee high.

There are bins floating around and lots of residents outside their properties.”

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