One dead as storm hits UK

by Abel Hampton February 24, 2017, 0:18
One dead as storm hits UK

Nearly 46,000 homes across Dublin, Kildare, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim are powerless as gale-force winds and torrential rain causes chaos.

One person has been killed by falling debris in the United Kingdom as Storm Doris slammed into the British Isles, sending the nation's transport services in chaos and batter the coast with strong winds.

A total of 12 Aer Lingus flights between the United Kingdom and Ireland were cancelled due to the wind.

Rail and air passengers have also faced heavy delays and cancellations to their journeys due to the weather.

The Forth Road Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles.

The warning has been updated to extend the at-risk area southwards.

The bad weather isn't expected to last long, but could cause serious disruption.

"We have an amber warning for snow, suggesting there'll be heavy accumulations quite widely in the Highlands, the central belt and Strathclyde".

"It is strengthening as it moves eastwards to the United Kingdom", she added.

In Northern Ireland, around 8,000 homes have also been left without electricity after trees toppled onto overhead power lines.

Gusts of up to 80mph have been forecast for parts of Rotherham through Wednesday and Thursday, with "widespread disruption to travel expected".

All services from Euston were suspended earlier today due to Storm Doris, while Kings Cross and St Pancras were also at a standstill.

"Amber warnings" predict strong winds and heavy rain in Yorkshire, while winds as fast as 60mph are also expected to batter southern England.

While further Atlantic gusts will bring more rain and wind through the weekend and into next week, they are not expected to reach the heights of Doris.

Director of SP Energy Networks Stephen Stewart said: "Although power cuts are rare events for most people, in the event of a storm such as that forecast on Thursday we want to make sure our customers are prepared as much as possible".

"As the more persistent rain, sleet and snow clears on Thursday afternoon and evening, temperature will fall quickly and untreated surfaces will freeze, with ice forming", the Chief Forecaster said.

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