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Summary

  1. Storm Doris has led to flight cancellations and road and rail disruption across much of Britain
  2. A woman has died in Wolverhampton after suffering head injuries when a piece of debris fell on to a street
  3. Thousands of homes and businesses were left without power in Northern Ireland, Wales and Yorkshire
  4. Met Office severe weather warnings of wind, snow and ice cover almost the entire UK

Live Reporting

By Alex Kleiderman and Owen Amos

All times stated are UK

Commuter delays

Storm Doris has caused disruption through the day. And commuters are now facing long delays on roads and the railways - with most train operators reporting cancellations and slower-running services. 

We're going to end our live coverage here, but you can keep up to date with the latest developments in our news story .

King's Cross station
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Passengers faced cancellations at King's Cross this evening

Severn Crossing reopens

Amber warnings

Weather forecasters expect the stormy conditions to subside in the next few hours.

Met Office amber warnings predicting strong winds and heavy rain are in place for North Wales, the Midlands, the East and the North West and London until 20:00 GMT. 

Officials said gusts of 60mph-70mph were possible, with 70mph-80mph expected on coasts and hills. 

12,000 homes without power in Suffolk

UK Power Networks say 12,030 homes are without power in Suffolk. In total, around 40,000 homes are without power across East Anglia. 

Euston to remain open overnight

Wolverhampton victim 29 years old

West Midlands Police say the family of the woman who died in Wolverhampton have been informed and are being supported.

A spokeswoman said the victim was 29 years old and had been "struck" by wooden debris from a building.

Officers are working with Wolverhampton Council to establish how the incident happened, she said.

She added: "The area remains cordoned off while investigations are ongoing." 

Scene in Wolverhamtpn
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Police in Doris scam warning

Northumbria Police are warning that bogus callers may use Storm Doris as an excuse to scam homeowners.

"On Wednesday officers received two reports of men claiming to be builders knocking on doors of homes in the Heaton area," the force said.

"On both occasions the men told the elderly occupants that they needed repairs doing to their roofs and chimneys and could do the work cash-in-hand.

"If anyone gets any callers at their door offering building work then do not let them into your home.

"Do not hand over any money and never assume a cold-caller is telling the truth."

Tree down in Regent's Park, London...

Tree down in Regent's Park
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Ferry cancellation

Another lucky escape

Reader Matthew Saxby has sent in this picture of his friend Hugo's van. It was taken in West Drayton, London, at around 13:00 GMT.

"Hugo was sitting in his van sipping a coffee when a tree was blown over," says Matthew. "He survived, the coffee and van didn't."

Van crushed by tree
Matthew Saxby

Dashcam captures falling tree near miss

Dashcam footage from driving instructor Paul Smith shows a narrow escape from a falling tree in Spalding, Lincolnshire...

Storm Doris: Dashcam captures falling tree near miss

Tree falls at art gallery

This tree came down at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, London.


          This tree came down at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, London.
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Debris from Tube station roof

More on the incident in central London where a man was taken to hospital with reported head injuries.

It has emerged he was hit debris which fell from the roof of the new Tube entrance at Victoria station.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said the man was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital.

London fire fighters placed a cement bag on the roof of the Tube entrance to prevent further damage.

Firefighters in Victoria
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Carport roof collapse

West Midlands Ambulance service said a woman driver in her 60s had been taken to hospital after being hit by a carport roof in Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent.

A spokesman said: “Crews were told the roof fell down and hit the woman, which subsequently caused her to collide with a wall."

She was treated for a serious head injury and was said to also be suffering from a slightly reduced level of consciousness.

Trees downed across country

Toppled double-decker photo

Police have issued a photograph of the double-decker bus toppled by high winds in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. 

Fifteen people were treated at the scene and 11 taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Bus toppled by wind in Wisbech
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Virgin Trains to run reduced service

National Rail Enquiries says high winds and rain are affecting services across the Virgin Trains network. 

Customers are advised to postpone their journey if possible and tickets will be accepted on services on Friday starting before 14:00 GMT.

Trains across the whole Virgin Trains network are currently suspended until 17:00 GMT.  A very reduced service is then expected to run until the end of the day. 

Passengers have been told their tickets can also be used on Friday before 14:00 GMT on services run by London Midland, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and Arriva Trains Wales. 

Man in hospital - Met Police

A man in central London has been taken to hospital with "head injuries" after police were called over reports of "debris falling from the roof of a building". 

Scotland Yard said officers found the injured pedestrian after being called to the scene in Victoria Street at around 15:00 GMT.

'The walk will do you good'

Walkers at the sea front in Aberystwyth...

Walkers at the sea front in Aberystwyth...
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Air emergency

Apart from Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool were among the other airports affected today. 

An Iceland Air flight was forced to declare an in-flight fuel emergency after failing to land at both Manchester and Liverpool due to the weather.

Flight FI440 was sent back to Manchester following a second failed landing at Liverpool and touched down safely at Manchester at 11.35 GMT.

Double decker on its side

A double-decker bus has been toppled on its side in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire by the strong winds.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said four ambulances, two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance officer, and a medical response car attended the scene in Lynn Road.

Fifteen people were helped at the scene. Eight were taken to north Cambridgeshire minor injury unit in stable conditions and three were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with minor injuries.

How are storms named?

It's a good opportunity, perhaps, to remind ourselves how Doris got her name.

A storm is named when it is deemed potentially able to have a substantial impact on the UK or Ireland.  

It is the second year of the "name our storms" project by the Met Office and Met Eireann, which takes suggestions from submissions by members of the public.

The new list is being applied to storms between 1 October 2016 and September 2017.

The naming protocol was covered in our story last September .

It's not on the way yet - but the next storm to hit the UK will be called Ewan.  

Lambs in raincoats

Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys took these in Cumbria...

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Snow warning downgraded

Snow caused the M80 near Falkirk to temporarily closed in both directions this morning.

But the Met Office amber "be prepared" snow warning for parts of south and central Scotland has now been  downgraded to a yellow "be aware" warning .  

M80
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The scene on the M80 near Falkirk on Thursday morning

'Few times a decade'

Not hanging around

81mph winds in Norfolk

Starbucks statement on Wolverhampton death

It has emerged that the death in Wolverhampton took place outside a branch of coffee giant Starbucks. 

The company said in statement: "We are shocked and saddened by this terrible incident. 

"We are supporting the police with their investigation and our store will remain closed until further notice."

A witness said it was unclear if the debris that hit the woman - said be aged between 20 and 30 - had fallen from the coffee shop or from another building.

Top professional

Falkirk footballer David McCracken didn't let the weather stop his training...

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Rail disruption update

National Rail Enquiries has just published its latest update on how high wind and rail are affecting services. 

Almost every company is still reporting disruption.

National Rail Enquiries web page
National Rail Enquiries

More Southern Rail disruption

4,000 homes without power in Lincolnshire

Fallen tree causes fire in Ware, Hertfordshire

Road closures

Highways England issued a weather alert on major roads and closed several routes.

They include M6 Thelwall Viaduct in Cheshire in both directions between junction 20 and 21 in the North West and the QE2 Bridge in Dartford, Kent. 

In Humberside, the M62 Ouse Bridge is currently closed in both directions to high sided and vulnerable vehicles, between J36 and J37.

Doris from space

Scaffolding dislodged

There was traffic disruption in central London when scaffolding became dislodged on an office block extension in Holborn. The roadway was cordoned off as a ribbon of scaffolding hung from the roof at Aldwych House, built in 1926.

The Met Office has extended amber warnings predicting strong winds and heavy rain to include the capital.

Flight cancelled

A plane landing in high winds at Leeds Bradford Airport. There were flight cancellations across the country - with Heathrow reporting a "10% reduction" in the airport's schedule.

Plane landing at Leeds Bradford airport
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The scene in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton city centre, where a woman was killed by falling debris today.

Wolverhampton
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999 calls soar