UK weather forecast – Warning for ‘severe’ rain and thunder today after 60mph winds and flooding spark travel chaos

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BRITAIN is set to be hit by heavy rain and thunder today after 60mph winds and flooding sparked travel chaos.

The Met Office issued a ‘severe’ Yellow warning for rain covering parts of Scotland and the northeast of England.

The Met Office issued a ‘severe’ Yellow warning for rain today
The Met Office issued a ‘severe’ Yellow warning for rain today

Forecasters said the heavy rain could lead to some flooding and disruption, with the possibility for some showers to turn thundery.

It comes after travellers across the UK were hit by a day of disruption on transport networks caused by unseasonable heavy rain and strong winds.

One man, aged in his 50s, suffered life-changing injuries after he was crushed by a falling tree in Streatham Vale in south London on Saturday.

Ferry passengers heading into Dover faced delays of five hours as tug boats battled the weather to guide them into port.

P&O Ferries said adverse weather had disrupted scheduling, and promised to get passengers on the first available vessel once they had checked in.

FERRY DELAYS

One passenger reported floating outside Dover for three-and-a-half hours along with five other ferries waiting for permission to dock.

Stephen Deadman, from Nottingham, told PA: “We should have arrived in Dover 11.15am local time but we got off the boat at 4pm.

“[It was] a quick journey across Channel but we stopped four miles from Dover.”

Mr Deadman, who was returning from Europe with his family after a two-week holiday, added: “At one point there were five boats waiting. We were kept informed and it wasn’t too rough on board.

“I’ve no particular problem with the authorities. The wind was very bad and the captains of the ferry and tugboats did a great job in difficult conditions.”

Gareth Doodes, a headmaster at a Dover school, filmed the ships trying to get into port from the white cliffs.

He told PA: “It was quite an interesting thing to watch. They were docking the ships and making sure everyone was safe.”

FLOODED TRAIN TRACKS

Elsewhere, flooded tracks forced train operators to cancel services between Cumbria and Scotland in a day of disruption on the rail network.

Flooding between Penrith and Lockerbie forced operators to suspend services on Saturday afternoon.

Network Rail Scotland tweeted images of the rails about a foot under water and said five trains had been trapped between Lockerbie and Carlisle.

Services between Carlisle and Glasgow Central or Edinburgh have since resumed but passengers were warned their train might be delayed or cancelled.

There was also flooding between Blackburn and Clitheroe, causing blockages to the lines on Saturday evening.

Many other routes have also been hit with delays caused by hazards on the lines.

Multiple lines were disrupted due to trees on the track, including Ashford International and Hastings, Guildford and Reading, Newbury and Westbury and between Ipswich and Lowestoft.

The majority have been cleared although delays continue.


Speed restrictions have also been imposed, particularly in coastal areas, where wind speeds were forecast to hit 60mph.

Network Rail has urged passengers to check for updates before they travel.

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Trees have been ripped from the ground as winds up to 60mph have battered Britain
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