UK storm brings heavy rain and high winds


The “remnants” of the storm that brought severe blizzards to the US is hitting parts of the UK, bringing heavy rain, gales and travel problems.

Western areas have borne the brunt, including Cumbria, where some schools have closed and roads are flooded.

Ferry services to the Scottish Islands remain disrupted, and in Edinburgh a man was hurt when a broken chimney smashed through a bus window.

The Army is working to help shore up defences in some high-risk communities.

The Met Office has issued yellow – be aware – warnings for rain and there are more than 120 flood warnings and alerts in place across England and Wales.

A first band of heavy rain and high winds is now moving south and east, but a second band is forecast to arrive from the west overnight into Wednesday.

Among the main developments:

  • Pupils and staff were rescued by boat after their primary school in Aberfoyle, near Stirling, was cut off by flooding
  • Gales have blown over a number of lorries, including on the A1 northbound at Dunbar in East Lothian and on the Woodhead Pass, in the Peak District. The pass is now closed as winds are reaching up to 100mph
  • Hundreds of homes across Wales have been hit by power cuts
  • Ferries services between the mainland and the islands of Scotland are also disrupted
  • Some rail lines have been affected by flooding, including in Cumbria andAyrshire
  • Some schools have closed in Keswick, one of the places worst hit by the storms last month
  • The Environment Agency says it has teams on the ground in Appleby, Keswick, Cockermouth and Glenridding, as well as in Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Calderdale and York