Storm force winds cause disruption around UK

Posted on January 5, 2012


Strong winds have been causing damage and disruption across the country, with overnight gusts of up to 111mph in the Pennines.

Thousands of homes and businesses are without power in England and Scotland.

The Met Office has issued warnings of wind for Wales, Northern Ireland, south-western Scotland and north-west England during Thursday.

Part of the Welsh National Library’s roof was damaged with a sheet the “size of two tennis courts” coming loose.

BBC weather forecasters said strong winds would persist until early evening on Thursday, with 60 to 70mph winds on north-western coasts. But it would be the last day of the windy spell, they said.

In other developments:

  • About 10,000 properties are without power in the East Midlands. And some 6,000 homes have power cuts in the West Midlands
  • In Scotland, some 16,000 homes remain without power after high winds on Wednesday hampered efforts to restore power supplies cut during Tuesday’s storms
  • Gale-force winds force the closure of the QEII Bridge, which links the M25 between Essex and Kent, for the second time this week
  • Two rail passengers in Scotland suffer minor injuries after a train hits a tree on the line
  • A woman and 10-year-old boy are taken to hospital with minor injuries after a tree crashes on to their car in Shenley, Hertfordshire
  • Fire crews cut free two women from a car after a similar incident in Eaglescliffe, Teesside. Neither was seriously hurt
  • In Warwickshire, a train crew and passengers help move a tree blown across a railway line
  • In Wales, the Environment Agency warns of localised flood risks



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