As it happened: Storm hits southern Britain

Key Points

  • BBC forecasters say the storm has now ended in the UK, but gale-force winds and heavy rain have caused disruption across southern Britain
  • A man and a woman have been found dead at a house in Hounslow, west London, following a suspected gas explosion caused by a falling tree
  • A teenager died after a tree fell on the mobile home where she was sleeping in Kent, and a man in his 50s was killed when a tree landed on a car in Watford
  • Network Rail says the damage has been "worse than expected", with more than 100 trees on the lines, but some train services have resumed
  • About 600,000 homes lost power during at the height of the storm, 200,000 of which are still cut off. The strongest gust of 99mph (159km/h) was recorded on the Isle of Wight
  • The Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent is using diesel generators to power its site after both reactors shut down automatically due to a power cut
  1.  
    0640:

    Downing Street says it is working closely with frontline agencies to make sure "robust plans" are in place and to ensure they are "communicating effectively" with the public about the storm.

     
  2.  
    0645:

    Both of the Severn bridge crossings between South Wales and England were reopened at 06:00 GMT. However, flooding is still affecting roads in Wales.

     
  3.  

    A train has hit a tree near Ivybridge Station in Devon. There were no passengers on board and the driver was unhurt.

     
  4.  
    0655:

    Western Power says 2,000 properties are without power in the South West area.

     
  5.  
    0655:

    The BBC's Peter Whittlesea reports that ferries in Dover, Kent, are being anchored at sea to prevent them hitting the harbour wall.

     
  6.  
    0655:

    East Sussex County Council tweets that it has dealt with 60 fallen trees overnight.

     
  7.  
    0656:

    South West Trains have advised people not to travel on Monday with most services not running until at least 08:00 GMT to allow Network Rail to check lines. A reduced timetable will be in operation, with some trains limited to speeds of 50mph.

     
  8.  

    BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood says the storm has been caused by a potent area of low pressure. "It will move across us very quickly as we go through this morning, taking its strongest winds, which can be storm force, across Denmark, parts of Germany and France."

     
  9.  
    0700:

    Chiltern Railways tweet that no services between south of High Wycombe, in Bucks, and London Marylebone are able to operate due to a tree on the line.

     
  10.  
    0701:

    London Fire Brigade says on Twitter: "We're having a busy morning & are attending a number of #wind related incidents - mostly trees and scaffolding in precarious positions."

     
  11.  
    Sue Branch

    emails: We are surrounded by many trees here close to the Downs. As you can imagine the wind is roaring in the trees. However I shall not venture out with my dog until it has died down. We have taken down hanging baskets and put away portable garden things which are likely to get blown over or away.

     
  12.  
    Val Fiddian, Holt, Norfolk

    emails: All so quiet here on the edge of the North Norfolk Coast at Salthouse at 6.57am. I'm due to go out at 9.30am but think I'd better stay put.

     
  13.  
    0702:

    BBC weather forecaster Mike Silverstone says the wind iss moving inland.

    "At the moment we've got some really strong winds running across parts of southern England and into the south Midlands.

    "That core is running north eastwards into East Anglia in the next two to three hours.

    "We will probably continue to see winds of 70 to 80mph before it runs into the North Sea by late morning (about 11am)."

     
  14.  
    0703:

    Chiltern Railways tweet: "Owing to poor weather conditions between Bicester Town and Oxford all lines are blocked due to a tree on the line."

     
  15.  
    0706:

    The Environment Agency has issued 19 flood warnings - all in south west England, while 130 flights have been cancelled at Heathrow airport.

     
  16.  
    Steve Clarkson, Sidmouth

    emails: What storm? It must have missed Sidmouth completely. There's no wind, clear blue skies - a lovely morning. A bit of rain during the night, nothing unusual and a bit of a breeze, wouldn't even say it was a wind.

     
  17.  
    0706:

    Roads have been blocked by fallen trees and homes are without power in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Rail operators have told passengers not to travel, while Wightlink and Red Funnel ferry routes have been affected.

     
  18.  
    0706:
    Car crushed by treet

    BBC Radio Wiltshire reporter Jessica Avis took this picture of a car crushed by a tree in Salisbury.

     
  19.  
    0708:

    There are 146 Environment Agency flood alerts in place across England and Wales.

     
  20.  
    Sarah Pinterbury , Harrow

    emails: The wind woke me up at around 6:00 however it seems the wind has calmed down a lot since before. The trees look weak right now, but no recorded damage to cars in the area.

     
  21.  
    0710:
    Brighton pier

    The BBC's Olivia Richwald took this picture of Brighton pier at 07:00 GMT.

     
  22.  
    0710:

    Robin Gisby, network operations managing director for Network Rail, said commuters should expect considerable disruption this morning. "This will impact up to Birmingham and up to Nottingham and the Midlands. If we get through this in the morning, restore the service during the afternoon and are able to start up a good service on Tuesday morning, in the circumstances I'll be pretty pleased," he said.

     
  23.  
    Emma Abbott

    tweets: This wind is scary! We just lost a tile from the roof, scariest noise I've ever heard! #UKStorm2013

     
  24.  
    0714:

    East Coast is operating a revised emergency timetable with trains stopping at Peterborough until 10:00 GMT and limited to speeds of 50mph afterwards

     
  25.  
    0714:

    BBC Weather tweets some rainfall totals so far: 50mm in Otterbourne, Hampshire; 45mm in Wych Cross, East Sussex; 43mm in Cardiff; 42mm in Bournemouth; 37mm in Wiggonholt, West Sussex; 35mm in Odiham, Hampshire.

     
  26.  
    0716:

    Western Power - which covers an area stretching from Bristol and Bath to the Isles of Scilly - says power cuts are affecting two thousand homes - down from a peak of seven thousand at 04:00 GMT. The main areas affected now are Plymouth, Exeter and Crewkerne.

     
  27.  
    0718:

    Trains between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central are being delayed by up to 60 minutes due to a tree on the line at Bushey, National Rail tweets.

     
  28.  
    0720:

    Radio 5 Live reports from Bromley South station in south-east London, where commuters are still arriving unaware that services are disrupted.

     
  29.  
    0721:

    Radio 5 Live's weather man, Simon King, says the strongest winds are now towards London and Kent. They will be moving into Essex, Suffolk and perhaps Norfolk in the next hour. But winds further west are now easing.

     
  30.  
    0722:

    South West Trains tweet: "No trains on all routes until at least 09:00 - we are advising customers not to attempt to travel this morning."

     
  31.  
    Keith Monnington, Tauranga New Zealand

    emails: Watching flight radar. Several aircraft forced to "go round" after aborting their approach. A Singapore Airlines Airbus A 380, a Thai Airways B747 and an Air Canada flight diverted to Manchester.

     
  32.  
    Catherine Hayme

    tweets: #UKStorm2013 careful out there everyone. Crawley - windy, not much rain atm, currently quiet, #eyeofstorm?

     
  33.  
    Adam Dale

    tweets: Can just hear things smashing and banging all over the place. #UKStorm2013 @greateranglia delay trains till at least 12!

     
  34.  
    0730:
    Tree on road in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire

    Martyn Biddiscombe sent in a picture of a fallen tree in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire. He said: "It's pretty bad, there are bins everywhere, it's quite an obstacle course. As I came round the corner... the first thing I spotted was a car on my side of the road. I realised he went on the pavement to get past, which I had to to as well. I tried reporting to the police but the lines are just jammed."

     
  35.  
    0730:

    BBC Weather list the top 6 gusts at 07:00 GMT: Odiham, Hampshire, 78mph; Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight, 77mph; Langdon Bay, Kent, 70mph; Heathrow, 70mph; Northolt, London, 68mph; Kenley, London, 68mph.

     
  36.  
    0732:

    Check the latest forecasts from BBC Weather here.

     
  37.  
    0733:

    More than 40 railway line blockages caused by falling trees have been cleared, but more are expected to be found, Network Rail's managing director of operations Robin Gisby says.

     
  38.  
    Agnezz 3

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay I live in Hackney over night there were strong winds that pulled down everything also my neighbours doors

     
  39.  
    Donal, Epping

    emails: Watching the trees in Epping Forest out of my loft window. Some tremendous gusts with an old oak down. Leaves and branches flying in the air like confetti. Seems to be calming down now.

     
  40.  
    0735:

    News of more train disruption from First Great Western Trains: Services between Greenford and Paddington and between Marlow and Maidenhead are suspended.

    Trains between Guildford and Gatwick Airport are not expected to run until 09:00 and trains between Westbury and Salisbury may be delayed by up to 60 minutes because of a tree on the line near Warminster.

     
  41.  
    0736:

    UK Power Networks confirms that about 40,000 homes across its patch are without power. The firm covers south-east England, the East of England and London.

     
  42.  

    Check for updates from UK Power Networks here.

     
  43.  
    0739:

    Sean, who lives in a village outside Canterbury in Kent, tells BBC Radio 5 live: "We lost power about 2.45 GMT and we have had none since then. It's very lively out there."

     
  44.  
    0739:

    The AA's Special Operations Response Team tweets that since midnight it has received 11 calls to cars stuck in water and more than 30 flood-related calls in total so far.

     
  45.  
    0741:

    Keep up-to-date with the latest travel situation with BBC Travel News.

     
  46.  
    0747:

    South West Trains and First Capital Connect are advising passengers not to travel this morning, National Rail say.

     
  47.  
    Peter Toy, Blackheath, London

    emails: The huge branch of an oak tree just came down in our back garden hitting the house as it did so. The lounge window is broken and the door to the garden is damaged. We can't assess what else might be damaged as we are now unable to get out of the house and access the garden given the size of the tree branch blocking the side.

     
  48.  
    0748:

    East Coast Trains tweet: "We are getting reports that overhead wires are down at New South Gate affecting the East Coast Mainline services. Updates to follow."

     
  49.  
    Barbara Kavanagh, Maidstone, Kent

    emails: Our old apple tree blew over in the night. We planted it when I was three years old and 53 years later it has blown over, which is very sad. The rest of the garden has survived, it looks as though there are just a lot of leaves. There is no damage to the house that we know of as yet.

     
  50.  
    0748:

    Several hundred Network Rail staff worked through the night to deal with the disruption and special trains were used to clear tracks.

    Network Rail's Robin Gisby, says: "In four cases the train being sent through to inspect the line has hit a fallen tree and we have one train in Devon which is currently disabled following a collision with a fallen tree. We are also dealing with a landslip in the New Forest area."

     
  51.  
    BBC News website reader

    texts: Journey into Croydon from Tadworth by bike mostly ok - storm damage in Croydon worse - fallen trees and oil tanker beached on central reservation on Purley Way trying to go around a tree. Bad driving.

     
  52.  
    Richard Fusniak, Cambridge

    emails: I put my dustbin out at 7.15 am in relatively calm weather. At 7.30 there was a thud and I saw half the contents of my bin sweeping down the road at 60mph!

     
  53.  
    0754:

    The chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Paul Davies, says: "The storm we are experiencing at the moment is unusual because we haven't had a storm like this for the last five years. But it's not exceptional."

     
  54.  
    0754:

    Gatwick Airport is reporting only four cancellations today out of more than 700 flights.

     
  55.  
    Ivan Leigh, Ashford

    emails: On first high-speed train out of Ashford. Looks like we are leaving later than the 0643 as advertised. Don't you just love trees!

     
  56.  
    0755:
    A tree in north London has been uprooted

    Transport author and commentator Christian Wolmar captured a picture of this tree, which fell on top of a car in North London

     
  57.  
    0756:

    A passenger train has struck a tree in Devon as the St Jude storm passes through the south-west of England. No-one was injured.

     
  58.  
    0754:

    For the latest on the St Jude's storm, follow https://twitter.com/BBCNews/lists/severe-weather

     
  59.  
    0757:

    London Fire Brigade say since 05:30 GMT they have received 303 storm-related 999 calls.

     
  60.  
    SG, London

    emails: Piccadilly line service to Heathrow airport suspended for 30 minutes due to fallen tree on the line, say LUL.

     
  61.  
    0757: Catherine, Glasgow

    emails: Just landed at Stanstead from Glasgow, very scary experience!! Now stuck on tarmac as the wind is above the limit to allow the airport staff to bring the stairs out to let us off. Lived to tell the tale.

     
  62.  
    0758:

    London overground services are also disrupted, with services not likely to get under way until 9:00 GMT as Transport for London scrambled to clear trees from the lines in the north of the capital.

     
  63.  
    0758:

    Power has been restored to more than 1,000 homes in Berkshire after high winds damaged two wire connections.

     
  64.  
    BBC News website reader

    texts: Power out in Tring, wind just lifted my garden shed in the air.

     
  65.  
    0752:

    Network Rail says that Greater Anglia and Stansted Express services are now suspended until at least 10:00 GMT.

     
  66.  
    0801:

    Here's our picture gallery of the effects of the storm.

     
  67.  
    0800:
    Man waits at Charing Cross

    Empty departure boards at Charing Cross train station where many rail services have been cancelled

     
  68.  
    Richard Baker, Alton

    emails: We are currently without water. Our provider South-East water has advised this is due to power outages at pumping stations.

     
  69.  
    0802:

    There is major travel disruption in parts of Kent, with the QE2 Bridge at Dartford and Sheppey Bridge Crossing closed.

     
  70.  
    0803:
    Leyton storm damage

    Mark Davies just tweeted this picture of storm damage in Francis Road, Leyton, east London.

     
  71.  

    Transport for London (TfL) says there is disruption to six Underground lines due to debris from the storm on the tracks.

    The Bakerloo, Central, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Northern and Piccadilly lines are all partially closed.

     
  72.  
    0803:

    Southeastern tweeted that it was aiming to get its rail services up and running by 09:00 GMT. The train company's website is currently down.

     
  73.  
    0807:

    South West Trains are advising passengers not to travel today. The company says they have found more than 26 trees blocking lines across their network and can only run trains at a maximum speed of 50mph. They say this will result in significant delays to journeys and in some cases these may take up to twice the normal time.

     
  74.  
    0807:

    More from South West trains: There will be no service between Ascot and Ash Vale, Salisbury and Bristol, Virginia Water and Weybridge. A very limited service will operate on the following routes: Aldershot to Guildford; Chessington Branch; Hampton Court Branch; Shepperton Branch. All other routes on the network will run to revised timetables.

     
  75.  
    0808:

    London's Metropolitan Police say they were called at 06:53 GMT to reports of a crane collapsed on the Cabinet Office. Whitehall is closed. There are no reports of any injuries.

     
  76.  
    Sally, Wales

    emails: Dover port is closed. My is daughter stuck on a ferry on the way back from Germany on a school trip. They've been waiting to dock since around 6-20am.

     
  77.  
    0808:

    BBC Radio Berkshire's Gavin Fischer says three trees have come down, blocking Reading Bridge in both directions.

     
  78.  
    David Turner

    tweets: Storm in the North gets about one min airtime. Storm in the south and it's like Armageddon.

     
  79.  
    0812:
    Brighton

    Swimmers in Brighton have been braving the stormy conditions

     
  80.  
    BBC News website reader

    texts: Just wanted to say a massive thank you to the brave pilots and crew who flew into Heathrow from Boston, USA this morning with my son Russell and his fiancée Sarah on board. It was terrifying. So brave.

     
  81.  
    0814:
    Car hit by tree

    A motorist in Camberley, Surrey suffered minor injuries when this car was hit by a tree earlier

     
  82.  
    0814:
    Fallen tree in Pimlico

    Honor Brodie sent in this picture of a tree that had fallen into the road from St George's Park, Pimlico, London.

     
  83.  
    0820:

    There has been flooding and travel disruption in South Wales, though it has escaped the most damaging winds so far

     
  84.  
    0820:

    East Midlands Trains are advising passengers not to travel to or from London because of debris on the lines in various locations.

     
  85.  
    0821:

    Police said at least 125 trees were down across roads in Sussex by 6.30am, and Kent Police said at least 70 trees had been blown down across the county.

     
  86.  
    0823:

    Refuse collections have been suspended in East Sussex until the weather has subsided.

     
  87.  
    0823:

    BBC weather forecaster Colin Seddon said the highest gust of wind at 99mph (159km/h) was recorded at Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight earlier.

    He said in more populous areas including Lyneham, near Swindon; Yeovilton in Somerset and Hurn, near Bournemouth, speeds of 74-75mph (119-121km/h) had been recorded.

     
  88.  
    0824:

    BBC weather man Simon King says: "Strongest winds now across Kent, East London and Essex. 8am gust of 80mph just outside Braintree."

     
  89.  
    0826:

    Eurostar says all services are running today but are subject to delays due to speed restrictions as a result of the severe weather. They advise passengers to check in as normal.

     
  90.  
    0819:
    Woman climbs tree

    Fallen trees have been blocking pavements in parts of north London

     
  91.  
    0827:

    There are no trains running south of Peterborough on the East Coast Mainline. There's flooding in the tunnel at Potters Bar and trees on the line at Barnet and Hertford. The train operator says it is looking to resume a limited service later this morning operating via Hertford.

     
  92.  
    0828:

    The Royal Parks - which include Hyde Park and Regents's Park in London - have been closed amid concerns for the safety of park users, drivers and cyclists. Trees in the parks have also been damaged.

     
  93.  
    0831:

    Berkshire has been hit by falling trees, travel disruption and power cuts,

     
  94.  
    0830:

    Virgin Trains tweets that services to and from London Euston are been suspended due to a tree blocking the line.

    The firm says that tickets for today will be valid for travel tomorrow.

     
  95.  
    0832:

    London Mayor Boris Johnson will chair an emergency meeting later this morning. "Clearly this has been a difficult night for many Londoners, and continues to be an incredibly trying morning," he said.

    "I want to thank all the agencies for their professional response in incredibly testing conditions, and I'd urge Londoners to check before travelling by going to tfl.gov.uk for the latest information."

     
  96.  
    0834:
    Collapsed crane

    A crane collapsed onto the roof of the Cabinet Office in Westminster at about 06:50 GMT. No injuries have been reported but Whitehall has been closed.

     
  97.  
    Tom Broekman

    tweets: Window just got ripped off it's hinges at Essex Uni South towers! luckily security grabbed it #UKStorm2013

     
  98.  
    Janette, Preston

    emails: The winds haven't been that strong up here last night or this morning but now we are getting heavy downpours, which has flooded some of the roads around our area.

     
  99.  
    0838:

    Top five strongest wind gusts reported at 08:00 GMT: Langdon Bay, Kent, 82mph; Andrewsfield, Essex, 79mph; Manston, Kent, 70mph; Walton-on-Naze, Essex, 68mph; Shoeburyness, Essex, 62mph.

     
  100.  
    0839:
    The weather has damaged construction work on the hangar at Bournemouth airport

    The weather has damaged the construction site where work on the hangar at Bournemouth airport had been taking place.

     
  101.  
    0840:

    Southern and Gatwick Express services will not start again until approximately 10:00 GMT, Network Rail says.

     
  102.  
    Kate Wilson, Ramsgate, Kent

    emails: I'm visiting my mum and stayed overnight. There are fences down in her garden and it looks as though the greenhouse is completely shattered. It's still too windy to be able to go out and check if there's any more damage to the garden or the house. I can't see any roof tiles lying in the garden, so I'm hoping it's ok.

     
  103.  
    0840:

    Network Rail says more than 100 trees have been discovered on the rail network across the South East so far today.

     
  104.  
    0841:

    BBC reporters in Northamptonshire say the county has been affected by flash flooding and standing water on the roads. There are no trains to London St Pancras through Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough until at least 10:00 GMT.

     
  105.  
    0846:

    Tendring District Council in Essex says the helter skelter on Clacton Pier has blown over.

     
  106.  
    0846:

    Tracy Elsey, from UK Power Networks, says 40,000 households were without power in its south-east region from Brighton to Kent - and 100,000 in its east of England region, from Essex to the north Norfolk coast. "The power lines are hit by trees coming down in the wind and branches touching overhead lines and any other debris whipped up by the wind overnight."

     
  107.  
    0848:
    Bob Crow

    Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT transport union, has attributed the virtual rush-hour shutdown on the railways to staff numbers being "hacked to the bone". But rail infrastructure company Network Rail (NR) said it was impossible to run services in hurricane-force winds and that "lives would have been put at risk" if trains had operated.

     
  108.  
    0849:

    BBC Surrey reports that fallen trees are affecting 37 roads across Surrey and north-east Hampshire. There were also horses loose on roads near the village of Normandy. There were power cuts in some villages, including Dunsfold, Peaslake, Brookwood, and reports of some electricity cables down in Dorking.

     
  109.  
    0852:

    The transport minister, Robert Goodwill, has praised the efforts of workers who have tried to minimise disruption. "We knew this was coming, the Met Office got this absolutely right and of course this couldn't have happened at a worse time. the early hours of Monday morning are the most difficult time. It isn't as if we weren't aware this was going to happen and people have been out all night ensuring what can be done, is being done."

     
  110.  
    0853:

    Greater Anglia and Stansted Express services will not re-start until approximately 12:00, National Rail says.

     
  111.  
    0854:
    Dorset

    James Lavis photographed this fallen tree in Christchurch, Dorset

     
  112.  
    0854:

    UK Power Networks says 140,000 properties are without power in southern England.

     
  113.  
    BBC News website reader

    texts: In Melton, Suffolk. Two trees, our power pole and cables, and a lot of leaves have fallen on our lane, making us trapped and out of power.

     
  114.  
    0855:

    South West Trains say they have nearly cleared a tree from the line at Dorchester South. "Out of 33 obstructions, there are 21 left," they tweet.

     
  115.  
    0859:

    Bristol and the West Country have been affected by falling trees, flooding, travel disruption and power cuts.

     
  116.  
    0900:

    There are now 220,000 homes without power across the UK, Tim Field at UK Energy Networks confirms.

     
  117.  
    0903:

    The AA's head of roads and transport policy, Paul Watters, says driving conditions are difficult in parts of southern England. "There are a lot of fallen trees, quite a lot of flooding, a lot of surface water, debris on the roads.

    "With the rail service not running properly at the moment, a lot of people may well take to the roads as we get nearer the commuter times. So it's going to be a tricky morning."

     
  118.  
    0903:

    The Deputy Prime Minister has cancelled the monthly press conference he was due to hold this morning because of a crane collapsed on the roof of the Cabinet Office.

    Nick Clegg tweeted: "Today's press conference moved to a day when there isn't a crane on the roof and journalists travelling on the train are able to join us."

     
  119.  
    0904:

    Surrey Police Chief Insp Paul Smith tells BBC Surrey the weather has not been as bad as predicted and nobody has been hurt but there is extensive damage to trees, with many down across the county.

     
  120.  
    0905:

    The M48 Old Severn Bridge between England and Wales has reopened, the BBC's Chris Kelly says.

     
  121.  
    Alex Kersley, Stockbridge, Hampshire

    emails: Just cycled 17 miles to work. Had to divert through a farmer's field on to a new route due to fallen trees. A lot of branches down even on the main roads.

     
  122.  
    0913:

    There is severe disruption to travel in the East of England, with trains, airports and roads affected.

     
  123.  
    0913:

    BBC South East reporter Jon Hunt says a woman was rescued after a tree fell on her caravan at Lydens Lane in Edenbridge, Kent, at 7:10 GMT this morning. He says saws were used to free her and she was taken to hospital by ambulance.

     
  124.  
    0914:

    BBC Radio Berkshire says Reading Bridge will be re-opened within 10 minutes as the last of the fallen trees affecting it are cleared.

     
  125.  
    0915:
    Tree on car

    The Bath Chronicle's Hugh Dixon photographed this car trapped by a fallen tree.

     
  126.  
    Anthony and Kristen

    email: Train delayed by 40 minutes in Peterborough. Ironically, this is less of a delay than usual so the storms actually had a positive impact on my day.

     
  127.  
    0916:

    James Lavis from Dorset tells BBC Radio 5 Live he is now without two cars after the storm.

    "We woke up about four o clock this morning with an almighty crash and part of a very large oak tree has come down in the road outside and unfortunately crushed our cars and hit the front of the house. Got two cars written off flattened by the tree, next door neighbour's car is completely flattened as well," he said.

     
  128.  
    0918:

    Two ferries carrying more than 450 passengers are stranded off Dover because the port is closed, AFP news agency reports.

    "Two ferries are blocked due to the closure of Dover port, one carrying 398 passengers and the other 65," the harbour master's office at the French port of Calais told AFP. "The situation is under control," it added.

     
  129.  
    0922:
    Tree blocks train

    South West Trains has tweeted this picture of a fallen tree blocking a train on the line between Farnham and Alton. Follow their updates here.

     
  130.  
    0923:

    Gatwick Airport says it is operating a "near-normal" schedule, but is advising passengers to expect some delay and disruption and to check the status of their flight before travelling. But trains will not run to or from the airport until at least 10:00 GMT.

     
  131.  
    Alice Whaley

    tweets: Office is empty - should have stayed in bed an extra hour! 😴 #UKStorm2013

     
  132.  
    0926:

    Emergency services have been called to a golf club in the Calcot area of Reading following reports a gas pipe was damaged by a fallen tree. Firefighters have enforced a 560m (1,830ft) cordon around it and 40 homes have been evacuated.

     
  133.  
    0927:
    Destroyed house in Hounslow

    London Fire Brigade tweeted a picture of a house in west London, saying: "A tree collapsed causing a gas main to rupture & led to a possible gas explosion in Hounslow. Crews on scene."

     
  134.  
    0927:

    More from Robin Gisby of Network Rail: "South of London, we are hopeful that services will begin to resume from around 9am once we have been able to clear routes of trees and other obstructions.

    "At the latest count we have had more than 100 trees down across the southern half of the country and we expect to find more as we complete our safety checks this morning."

     
  135.  
    0928:

    Network Rail's Robin Gisby says the damage caused by the storm has been "more severe than expected" as it has tracked eastwards to the north of London and across to East Anglia.

    "As a result, the West Coast, East Coast and Midland main lines are all currently blocked at their southern ends as a result of fallen trees and damage to power lines and all services are currently suspended on the Anglia route, where the storm is currently."

     
  136.  
    0929:
    Storm damage in Willesden, London

    The BBC's Trushar Barot took this image of a fallen tree that badly damaged a van in Willesden, north-west London.

     
  137.  
    0929:

    BBC weather man Simon King says: "Worth noting the storm has been as bad as forecast. If warnings & precautions hadn't been made then things would have been much worse!"

     
  138.  
    0926:

    Kent Police say a 17-year-old girl has died after a tree fell on the static home she was sleeping in. Police were called to Hever, Edenbridge at 07:18 GMT. The girl died at the scene, the force spokesman said.

     
  139.  
    0934:
    Workmen

    BBC weather presenter Tomasz Schafernaker has tweeted this picture of workmen using chainsaws to deal with fallen trees in west London.

     
  140.  
    0935:

    Top 5 gusts at 09:00 GMT: Wattisham, Suffolk, 76mph; Walton-on-Naze, Essex, 63mph; Manston, Kent, 57mph, Langdon Bay, Kent, 56mph; Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight, 55mph.

     
  141.  
    Dave Russell, Marlow

    emails: My daughter was due to travel from Kings Cross to Leeds today. We checked the National Rail website last night and this morning to confirm her train was running. She arrived at Kings Cross to find all trains cancelled; National Rail website still states that her train was running! And they wonder why so many people are unhappy with the service....

     
  142.  
    0937:
    Fallen tree

    Steve Burrell from Bursledon, Hampshire, sent in this picture of his son Taylor next to a fallen oak tree in his garden.

    "Just after 5.30 I heard an almighty gust and the whole house shook. I looked out the window and all I saw was the stump of the tree. All the kids in the area are playing on it like an adventure playground."

     
  143.  
    Vicki

    texts: Eurostar departing as normal from Brussels-MIDI to London with predicted 15 minute delay in arriving due to speed restrictions. At least it's not a strike

     
  144.  
    0937:
    London Bridge

    The roof a pedestrian bridge at London Bridge train station has collapsed.

     
  145.  
    0938:

    It is not just the UK that has been affected by the storm, 75,000 homes have been hit by power cuts in northern France. There has not been much damage so far in the Netherlands but they are on red alert. A banner on the EU commission building in Brussels was ripped apart by wind.

     
  146.  
    0938:
    A cyclists passes a car crushed by the force of a fallen tree in Hornsey, north London.

    A cyclist passes a car crushed by the force of a fallen tree in Hornsey, north London.

     
  147.  
    0941:

    All staff at the Cabinet Office have been evacuated after a crane fell on its roof. No-one was hurt.

    A spokeswoman said: "A crane at the back of the Cabinet Office was dislodged by the storm, and is currently resting on the roof. We are assessing the damage, and the building has been evacuated while we do so."

     
  148.  
    0941:
    departure board

    A departure board at London Waterloo station paints a bleak picture for rail users.

     
  149.  
    0941:

    The Port of Dover has re-opened having been closed over concerns for customer and staff safety. Passengers are advised to check with their ferry operator before travelling and consult www.doverport.co.uk

     
  150.  
    0944:

    Hampshire County Council say about 145 roads were shut at some point overnight due to the weather.

     
  151.  
    0946:

    Read our main round-up of news related to the storm here.

     
  152.  
    0946:

    The Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent automatically shut down both reactors after power to the site was cut off.

    A statement from EDF Energy said: "The units are safely shut down and the site's own generators are providing power to the site post shutdown. The station is liaising with National Grid regarding returning the power supply."

     
  153.  
    Kasam

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay 1/3 workforce in today,shows how many people commute from outside of London.Most have WFH option.Should be used more.

     
  154.  
    0949:
    A road in Brighton has been blocked by an uprooted tree

    A road in Brighton has been blocked by an uprooted tree

     
  155.  
    0951:

    Barbara Kavanagh, from Maidstone in Kent, is relieved her teenage son is safely back from Calais.

    She says: "We didn't get much sleep as we were worried about our 14-year-old son who was travelling back from Calais to Dover with his school. "Thankfully, he got back safely but a lot of his school friends were very sick on the crossing."

     
  156.  
    0954:

    A man has died after a tree fell on a car in Lower High Street in Watford, Hertfordshire, East of England Ambulance Service says.

     
  157.  
    0959:
    Fallen tree

    Dan Jones sent us this photo of a fallen tree in Brighton.

     
  158.  
    1000:

    Alex Fogarty, who works for Wightlink Ferries said of crossing the Solent last night: "We had probably the hairiest night since I've worked for Wightlink.

    "At about five o'clock this morning we had the full force 11 gusting hurricane-force winds. The passengers held up rather well, fortunately the direction was from the west to south-west which meant that the crossing was not too lumpy."

     
  159.  
    1001:
    Ben Hewis captures the moment a tree falls on a bus in north London

    Ben Hewis captured the moment a tree fell on a bus in north London

     
  160.  
    1001:
    Michael Fish

    Veteran BBC weather forecaster, Michael Fish, who famously denied that the devastating storm of 1987 was on its way hours before it hit, said: "I find it amazing how the Met Office can - or its computer can - invent this storm out of thin air about a week ago and forecast exactly accurately the track it would take, how strong it would be, where the devastation would be that far in advance.

    "It's absolutely amazing. It couldn't be done in my day. We were only able to do forecasts for one or two days ahead."

     
  161.  
    1004:

    Two hundred extra engineers have been brought in and are fighting to restore power to homes across central southern England.

     
  162.  
    1004:

    To keep up-to-date with all of the disruptions to train services take a look at National Rail's Twitter feed.

     
  163.  
    1003:
    Commuters at Balham station

    Commuters in the south faced a tricky start to the week, including those queuing at Balham tube station in south London

     
  164.  
    1006:

    Heathrow Airport says the M25 Terminal 5 spur road is closed. It is advising people to take the turn-off for the M4 spur and follow signs to Terminal Five from the Airport Perimeter Road.

     
  165.  
    1006:

    East Coast Trains say there are no services running between Peterborough and London due to overhead wire problems. Passengers are advised to travel tomorrow instead.

     
  166.  
    Kathryn Cain

    tweets: FCC warning commuters not to go to Bedford Train Station as there are no trains running until further notice #UKStorm2013

     
  167.  
    1007:
    Waves crash into the shore of a lighthouse in Newhaven, East Sussex, where a 14-year-old boy was swept away on Sunday

    Waves crash into the shore of a lighthouse in Newhaven, East Sussex, where a 14-year-old boy was swept away on Sunday

     
  168.  
    Ian Grant, London

    emails: No problem getting to work - Thames Clippers ferry running on time.

     
  169.  
    1013:
    A crane on the roof of the Cabinet Office in London has collapsed

    Another photo of the crane which has collapsed on the roof of the Cabinet Office in central London.

     
  170.  
    William John, Weymouth

    emails: Travelled on FGW 05.33 Weymouth to Bristol service. Train hit six trees and ran over kid's trampoline on the line. Driver and guard had to cut two trees away with an axe and a saw to clear line so we could carry on. Heard them singing "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK" song.

     
  171.  
    George, Wigan

    texts: Occasional heavy downpours here in the north of England. The wind has also picked up but no signs of damage. We certainly missed the worst of it. Best wishes to those further south.

     
  172.  
    1015:

    BBC forecaster Steve Cleeton said worst of the storm was "pretty much over" in the UK. He said the rapidly moving weather system had travelled east and was now just north of Holland.

     
  173.  
    1022:

    Click here for a selection of the best storm pictures.

     
  174.  

    More here on the helter-skelter ride blown over by the storm on Clacton Pier.

     
  175.  
    1023:

    South West Trains tweet: "We are looking to gradually reintroduce services on SOME routes that have now been checked as clear of obstructions."

     
  176.  
    1024:
    A pedestrian loses control of her umbrella whilst crossing London Bridge

    A pedestrian loses control of her umbrella whilst crossing London Bridge

     
  177.  
    1024:

    Two polo ponies were trapped in their stable block at Billingbear Farm, Binfield, near Bracknell, when a tree crashed onto the roof at 06.28 this morning. Wokingham firefighters cut them free and both animals were unharmed.

     
  178.  
    1025:

    Heathrow Airport says the M25 spur to and from Terminal 5 is now open in both directions.

     
  179.  
    1025:

    Otterbourne in Hampshire has had the most rainfall (50mm), the Met Office says.

     
  180.  
    1025:

    The fastest gust of wind during the storm was 99mph (159km/h) recorded at Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight, the Met Office says.

     
  181.  
    1025:
    Damaged car

    Travis Lewis sent us this photo of damaged trees and cars in Wood Green, London.

     
  182.  
    1026:

    One man BBC reporter Ben Moore spoke to at Reading station said he was meant to travel to Southampton for a job interview.

    "It doesn't look good," he said. "I was trying to speak to the company to see if they can still accommodate me, should I arrive a bit later? I'm still waiting to hear from them."

     
  183.  
    1026:

    East Midlands Trains tweet that a tree has fallen in the line so services between Norwich and Ely are suspended again.

     
  184.  
    1026:

    The Met office says that now the storm has cleared it is expecting "typically unsettled autumn weather over the next couple of days - with some bright spells, mixed in with showers or longer periods of rain and breezy conditions".

     
  185.  
    1027:

    The Met police says it received 792 calls to its 999 and 101 services between 06:00 GMT and 08:00 GMT. It says there are typically 200 calls at that time on a normal day. The most common call was about trees in the road.

     
  186.  
    1027: Charlie Harry Smith

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay #UKStorm2013 Evacuated from #kingscross due to emrgency (fire?), only just got my train- many delayed, tree down in Reading

     
  187.  
    1039:

    Here is our Q&A on how to make an insurance claim if you have suffered property damage in the storm.

     
  188.  
    Hannah West, London

    emails: In Homerton, 5th floor of tower block. Woke up 6am to shaking flat. Lounge sliding door blown in, kitchen window blow out smashing on ground below. Suction between two windows caused objects to fly everywhere. Like being on top of a mountain. Was very scary.

     
  189.  
    1040:

    Virgin Trains tweet that services to and from London Euston remain suspended due to a tree blocking the line.

     
  190.  
    1040:
    Storm damage at Homerton

    Andy Marciniak sent us this picture of storm damage in Homerton, London.

     
  191.  
    1041:

    Southern Railway says Network Rail it is in the process of removing large trees blocking lines on its network. It says the Brighton Mainline has now been cleared and Gatwick Express services will be reinstated shortly.

    "We will then begin operating on further routes once they have been confirmed as clear, and are safe for us to run services. We expect that these routes will include Arun Valley services via Three Bridges."

     
  192.  
    1041:

    Southern Railway adds : "Work to clear lines remains ongoing on the East Coastway and other routes, and we hope to have those open as soon as possible."

     
  193.  
    1042:

    BBC Weather tweets that Gorleston in Norfolk reported a gust of 61mph at 10:00 GMT, even though the centre of the storm had moved out over the North Sea by that time.

     
  194.  
    1042:
    A tree has fallen through the roof of this Ministry of Defence house in Buford, Wiltshire.

    A tree has fallen through the roof of this Ministry of Defence house in Buford, Wiltshire.

     
  195.  
    1044:

    Prime Minister David Cameron says the death of two people as a result of the storm is "hugely regrettable". A 17-year-old girl and a man in his 50s were killed by falling trees in Kent and Watford earlier.

     
  196.  
    1045:
    Clacton Pier

    The helter-skelter at Clacton Pier in Essex, normally visible above the attraction's sign, has blown down. Tendring District Council said it collapsed early in the morning, but the structure had not fallen into the sea.

     
  197.  
    1047:
    Damaged car

    James Thorne sent us this picture of an uprooted tree in Brockley, London.

     
  198.  
    1048:

    Here's more on the two P&O ferries that were stranded off Dover earlier and how the storm is now affecting mainland Europe.

     
  199.  
    J. Sawyer

    texts: Trains now leaving Reading, albeit with severe delays and constant platform changes.

     
  200.  
    1051:

    Tendring District Council in Essex says there are so many fallen trees it is "running out of chainsaws".

     
  201.  
    1052:
    A tree lies strewn across the road in Colchester, Essex.

    Peter Hawkins captured this tree lying across a road in Colchester, Essex.

     
  202.  
    1054:

    Asked if train companies had overreacted to the risk posed by the storm. Prime Minister David Cameron said: "Everyone has to act on the basis of the evidence that they are given. Oviously afterwards we will be able to look back and see whether people made the right decisions."

     
  203.  
    1054:
    A car drives through a flooded section of road in Whitford, Devon.

    A car drives through a flooded section of road in Whitford, Devon.

     
  204.  
    1056:

    Brian Rees, spokesman for P&O ferries, told the BBC the service was getting back to normal. He said: "Five ferries are going back and forth. Two were at sea and they came into port at Deal, east of Dover, to get shelter.

    "But they are back in Dover now. We are back to 23 sailings a day, every 45 to 50 minutes. The storm has dropped right off."

     
  205.  
    1056:

    A man has died in a crash on the A38 near Taunton. The crash happened between Monkton Elm and Bathpool. Avon and Somerset Police said it could not say whether the crash was weather related but that would form part of their investigation.

     
  206.  
    1057: BBC News website reader
  207.  
    1057:

    First Capital Connect say services are suspended until further notice, due to trees and overhead structures blocking the railway at a number of locations.

     
  208.  
    1058:

    BBC Weather says there is just a yellow warning for rain in place now.

     
  209.  
    1058:

    BBC London has more on the homes in Hounslow, west London, that collapsed due to a suspected gas explosion after a tree fell on a house.

     
  210.  
    1058:
    A windswept dog in the village of Broomfield, Essex

    A windswept dog braves the weather in Broomfield, Essex.

     
  211.  
    1104:

    The QE2 Bridge at the Dartford Crossing in Kent has reopened after a chaotic morning across the South East.

     
  212.  
    1104:
    Cars have been damaged by falling trees in Malborough, Devon.

    Cars have been damaged by falling trees in Malborough, Devon.

     
  213.  
    1105:

    First Hull Trains are not able to travel into London Kings Cross due to overhead wire damage, National Rail says. Passengers are advised to avoid travelling today.

     
  214.  
    Guy Forshaw

    tweets: #UKStorm2013 Hey St Jude, don't make it bad. Bring the sun out make it better Remember 2let it all B slight Then U can start 2make it better

     
  215.  
    1115:

    London Mayor Boris Johnson thanks utility companies for helping to restore power, gas and water as soon as possible and the Met Office, "who gave accurate and useful predictions of what was to come".

     
  216.  
    1115:

    Boris Johnson adds: "People should plainly take care in walking beneath trees and structures that may have been damaged or dislodged by wind. But London and Londoners who have shown great patience and stoicism this morning can generally go about business as usual today."

     
  217.  
    1115:
    Large waves crash into the sea wall of a marina in Brighton.

    Large waves crash into the sea wall of Brighton Marina.

     
  218.  
    1116:

    The Met Office tweets: "Peak wind gusts now mostly in the range of 30-40mph in eastern England indicating the worst is now over for southern UK."

     
  219.  
    1117:

    London Ambulance says a man in his 40s has been taken to hospital with a shoulder injury after a tree fell on his motorbike in south-west London.

     
  220.  
    1118:

    BBC weather forecaster Steve Cleeton says the worst of the storm had passed. He said rest of the day would be chilly with showers and fairly brisk south westerly winds, while the storm headed for Holland, Denmark and northern Germany.

     
  221.  
    1119:

    South West Trains are hoping to gradually get services back to normal as conditions ease. Southeastern says London to Sevenoaks services restarted around mid-morning.

     
  222.  
    1120:

    The Port of Dover has reopened but P&O Ferries warns of delays of up to two hours on some sailings.

     
  223.  
    Neil Blackwell, Rye, East Sussex

    emails: Woke up this morning to no power, then as light arose we noticed 4 screens with 8mm glass had been ripped from their foundations and smashed. After this, A21 blocked in several places, so a two hour commute to Surrey. Happy Monday!

     
  224.  
    1120:
    Storm damage

    Ascot station was affected by storm damage as this photo sent by Matt Myers shows.

     
  225.  
    1121:

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who chaired an emergency meeting this morning, said: "I want to thank the emergency services - fire, police, ambulance and emergency support personnel across all of London's boroughs - for all their work over the last few hours in dealing with one of the fiercest storms of the last few years."

     
  226.  
    1122:

    Boris Johnson added: "London's transport staff have coped with great speed and professionalism in bringing tube and bus routes back into use - even though we have seen several lines disrupted by falling trees. Most TfL services are now working as normal, and that is a tribute to the effort and preparation of our teams."

     
  227.  
    1122:
    Workers use chainsaws as they attempt to clear a fallen tree in south London.

    Workers use chainsaws as they attempt to clear a fallen tree in south London.

     
  228.  
    1123:

    Virgin Trains say they are starting to run limited services to and from London Euston after fallen a tree was cleared from the route.

     
  229.  
    1123:

    Virgin Trains say the line between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston is now open, but trains may delayed by up to an hour.

     
  230.  
    1124:

    UK Energy Networks, which represents power companies across the UK, says 270,000 properties are now without power. Thirty thousand people who lost power this morning have been reconnected but more people have been cut off as the storm moved north and eastwards.

     
  231.  
    1129:

    The Dungeness B Power nuclear power station has restarted both its reactors which had been shut down because of a power cut. They are now working with the help of diesel generators.

    The power station's director, Martin Pearson, told BBC Radio Kent: "This is a reasonably rare event, maybe once a decade across the country. The reactors shut down and we set up our emergency arrangement to deal with any issues of off-site supply."

     
  232.  
    1132:

    First Great Western says its services from Paddington to Bristol will return to normal at 12:00 GMT and from Bristol to Paddington at 12:30 GMT.

     
  233.  
    1132:
    The driver of this double-decker bus was taken to hospital after his vehicle toppled over due to high winds near Hadleigh in Suffolk.

    The driver of this double-decker bus was taken to hospital after his vehicle toppled over due to high winds near Hadleigh in Suffolk.

     
  234.  
    1133:

    First Great Western trains also says services will return to normal from Paddington to Cardiff at 12:15 GMT and Cardiff to Paddington at 14:55 GMT.

     
  235.  
    1135:

    A double-decker bus has blown over in high winds near Hadleigh in Suffolk. The driver and one passenger were injured. Witness Rob Thacker said: "There was a mighty gust of wind and the bus was just lifted up and dumped on its side. Its front wheels seemed to be up in the air. It was like watching something in slow-motion in the movies."

     
  236.  
    1137:

    South West Trains passengers are still being urged not to travel at all on Monday, although some services have restarted.

     
  237.  
    1141:

    Find updates on the situation in your area with BBC Local.

     
  238.  
    1143:

    The AA's Special Operations Response Team says there is "plenty" of standing water on "many roads" in the path of the storm.

     
  239.  
    1143:

    The Met Office has tweeted satellite imagery showing the storm moving across the UK.

     
  240.  
    1143:
    A cyclist clambers over a tree on a north London street.

    A cyclist clambers over a tree on a north London street.

     
  241.  
    1144:

    East Coast Trains advise customers not to travel today due to damage caused by the storm.

     
  242.  
    Tina, Orpington

    emails: A 100 ft tree has fallen into our next door neighbour's garden narrowly missing our garden guest room. Our local council has been repeated informed of our grave concern for our homes and safety after two of these huge diseased have already fallen in the last two years narrowly missing disaster, but have failed to act.

     
  243.  
    1145:
    Scene where girl was killed by tree

    BBC South East reporter Simon Jones has tweeted a picture of the scene in Kent where a 17-year-old girl was killed when a tree fell on the mobile home where she was sleeping.

     
  244.  
    Victoria Park, Suffolk
    Tree fallen in road

    emailed us this picture of a tree that has fallen into the road near her house in Suffolk, UK.

     
  245.  
    Rose Ling

    tweets: So glad I didn't have to go into work today - took my parents over 2 hours to get to work #UKStorm2013

     
  246.  
    1156:

    London's Regent's Park and Richmond Park have opened to vehicles and pedestrians. St James's Park and Green Park are open to pedestrians but roads remain closed. Greenwich Park, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Bushy Park are still being inspected, a Royal Parks spokeswoman says.

     
  247.  
    Sasha, Bristol

    emails: Here at Bristol we have had very heavy rain, and our door is leaking!

     
  248.  
    Amy Innes, Putney, London, UK
    Tree fallen through fence into road.

    emailed us this picture that she took of a tree that had fallen through a fence and across a road in Putney, south London.

     
  249.  
    Mark Tulloch, Clapham, London, UK
    Branch fallen through bus stop

    tweeted this picture of a branch that has fallen through a bus shelter roof in Clapham, south London.

     
  250.  
    1159:

    The Royal Parks spokeswoman said Brompton Cemetery was open but the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park would remain closed.

     
  251.  
    Jonathan Kearley, Badgers Mount, Kent

    texts: Winds in Sevenoaks, Badgers Mount have largely abated. Power Lines are still down though and we have been without power for around 6 hours now. As we near lunchtime we might need to get the bar-b-q out and cook all the defrosting items.

     
  252.  
    1159:

    The majority of London overground services will be suspended until around 13:30 GMT, National Rail says.

     
  253.  
    Mike Molloy, Beckenham

    emails: I left Beckenham just after 8am this morning to drive to Stevenage, it normally takes me around 35 mins to get to the Dartford crossing. It's 11.15 now and I'm sitting in stand still traffic at the crossing.

     
  254.  
    1200:

    First Capital Connect is advising passengers not to travel because of fallen trees and damage to buildings and other structures, some of which are blocking the railway.

     
  255.  
    1203:

    Coastguards say they will not resume the search for a 14-year-old boy who was swept away from a beach in Newhaven, East Sussex on Sunday.

     
  256.  
    Jon Wright
    Braches down in front of church

    emailed us this picture of tree branches down in front of St. John's Church in Ipswich, Suffolk, UK

     
  257.  
    Hayley Drew, Southend

    emails: A lot of disruption on train services and last night had heavy rain and strong winds. Power lines in Purfleet have been hit due trees falling on the train power wires and still quite blowy out there.

     
  258.  

    BBC Kent has an aerial picture of the caravan a 17-year-old girl was sleeping in when she was killed by a falling tree.

     
  259.  
    BBC News website reader

    texts: Delays on the M25 due to a lorries accident.

     
  260.  
    1213:

    A normal flight schedule has been operating at Stansted Airport but passengers are advised to allow extra time to travel to the airport due to the disruption.

     
  261.  
    MissElla1987

    tweets: #UKStorm2013 was a bit of a flop in south east essex! I got overly excited and no tornado! Dont get me wrong i am thankful

     
  262.  
    1214:

    East Midlands Trains say the line between Ely and Norwich will reopen. The first train to depart from Norwich will be 13:57 GMT.

     
  263.  
    1215:

    Gary Sanderson from the East of England Ambulance Service says people should still not leave home unless they have to. "We've had several reports this morning where trees are coming down, hitting houses, hitting vehicles. We've had buses blown over, coaches blown over. You know it's treacherous out there. We want people to stay safe. Best advice is stay in today and do not go out."

     
  264.  
    Molly, Croydon

    emails: The area is covered in trees and blown down fences have been blown down and cars have been damaged I cant work today no cars can be driven on my road as there are at least six trees in the road.

     
  265.  
    1218:
    Car crushed by a tree in Clapham

    Pictures have been coming in of an operation to remove a tree that crashed onto a Jaguar car last night in Clapham, south London.

     
  266.  
    Sam Wooldridge

    comments: This morning I decided to check on and then film my neighbours' marquee. The storm picked it up and threw it into my garden with dramatic effect. Luckily no one was injured and the structure has now been made safe by my neighbour and myself. Everything is calm now. My neighbour will have to pick up the pieces now and mend my fence.

     
  267.  
    Danielle, Ipswich

    emails: Just made it into work. Driving Stowmarket to Martlesham usually takes me around 25 minutes, today it took me 4.5 hours!

     
  268.  
    1229:
    Caravan

    Here's the image mentioned earlier of the caravan where a 17-year-old girl in Kent was sleeping when she was killed by a falling tree.

     
  269.  
    1230:

    Following the death of the 17-year-old girl in Edenbridge, Ch Supt Steve Corbishley of Kent Police told BBC Radio Kent: "It was an absolute tragedy. At 7.20 we had the report this young lady had been injured. She was in a static home adjoining the house she lives in with her family. Tragically she did die at the scene. It's not being treated as suspicious but we're working with Fire and Rescue to determine the exact cause."

     
  270.  
    Sam James, Northwood, Middx

    emails: Had no power since 10am.

     
  271.  
    1237:

    The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, south-west London, are closed because of damage caused by the weather. A spokeswoman said between 10 and 15 mature trees had been lost and a number of others damaged.

     
  272.  
    1239:

    Southern Electric has more than 1,000 engineers working to fix problems that have left 3,000 homes in Wiltshire without power. But they say they cannot promise that everyone will have their electricity restored by tonight.

     
  273.  
    1239:
    Workers have cleared the track at Alton in Hampshire, as this picture tweeted by South West Trains shows.

    Workers have cleared the track at Alton in Hampshire, as this picture tweeted by South West Trains shows.

     
  274.  
    James Davies, Chiswick, London, UK
    Large tree uprooted

    emailed us this picture of a large tree that has been uprooted by the storm and fallen across a pavement in Chiswick, west London.

     
  275.  
    1240:

    A limited Greater Anglia trains service will begin running between London Liverpool Street and Chingford, Essex, National Rail says.

     
  276.  
    Marie Michaelidu

    tweets: Can't go back to Nottingham until tomorrow due to the weather! Hopefully can go back tomorrow! @EMTrains #UKStorm2013

     
  277.  
    1243:

    Virgin Trains say there may be delays of up to 80 minutes on services between Rugby/Northampton and London Euston.

     
  278.  
    1244:

    There will no trains between London St Pancras and Bedford for the rest of the day because of damage to overhead power lines, East Midlands Trains say. Passengers are told to expect alterations to the timetable on the Nottingham to Norwich route until mid afternoon because trains and crews aren't in the right places.

     
  279.  
    1250:
    Fallen tree

    John Furzer sent in a photo of a tree that fell onto the road outside his flat in Ealing, west London.

     
  280.  
    1251:

    A crane has been brought in to remove a crane that has collapsed onto the roof of the Cabinet Office in central London. However, it was reportedly too windy for the crane to begin the removal work.

     
  281.  
    1254:
    Tree damages car

    Anna Strevens and Ruth Pratt from West Sutton, south London, sent in this picture. They said they had moved their car last night "just in case".

    "This was the poor car that took our place," they said.

     
  282.  
    1258:

    Three people were taken to hospital after a gas explosion in Hounslow, west London, that caused three homes to collapse. Two more people are unaccounted for but it's not known if they were in the properties. Firefighters are using specialist dogs and trapped person-locating equipment to search the site.

     
  283.  
    1258:

    South West Trains say they are operating a "significantly reduced" timetable, but a few trains are starting to run on some routes.

     
  284.  
    1303:

    More on the teenage girl who was killed when a tree fell on the caravan she was in in Kent. A neighbour said: "[The family] were planning to join up their two buildings and they were living in the caravans in order to do it.

    "She was in one caravan, and mum was in another caravan. I don't know who else was there."

     
  285.  
    1306:

    Reports that parts of Axminster in Devon had to be evacuated because of the storm are not true, the town's mayor tells the BBC.

     
  286.  
    1309:

    Neighbours of the teenage girl killed in Kent, used chainsaws to try to free her after a tree fell on her mobile home. One neighbour said: "We cannot believe the tragedy of it all. From what I gather, they had some buildings which they were renovating and they were living in the caravans."

     
  287.  
    1311:

    The Highways Agency says preventative action, including the closure of bridges, meant the disruption following the storm was not as bad as originally feared. The agency's Simon Sheldon-Wilson says things will improve during the course of the day with everything expected to be back to normal by tomorrow.

     
  288.  
    1316:

    More on the death of a man in his 50s killed when a tree crushed his car at Watford, Herts. Witness Mark Joseph described how he and four or five other people tried to push the tree off the car and save him but found it was impossible.

    "The poor chap didn't stand a chance.... Clearly he'd moved from the driver's side to the passenger side, maybe as he saw the thing sort of bearing down on him."

     
  289.  
    1317:

    UK Power Networks says 44,500 of its customers in Essex are without power. UK Energy Networks, which represents power companies across the UK, earlier confirmed that 270,000 homes were without power nationwide.

     
  290.  
    1322: Breaking News

    Two people remain unaccounted for following a gas explosion that damaged homes in Hounslow, west London, the Met Police say. Full story here.

     
  291.  
    1327: Burt Rogers, Tulse Hill, London, UK
    Fallen tree in road

    emailed us his picture of a tree that is blocking the road in Tulse Hill, south London.

     
  292.  
    1328:
    Scene of gas explosion in Hounslow

    This is the scene in Hounslow, west London, where three houses collapsed in a suspected gas explosion..

     
  293.  
    1330:
    Scene of Hounslow gas explosion

    The emergency services are continuing to work at the scene of the Hounslow explosion, which is thought to have been caused by a fallen tree.

     
  294.  
    1332: Michael Silva

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay I survived Hurricane Gilbert in Jamaica in 1988. I'm surprised at the lack of preparedness for these hurricane force winds.

     
  295.  
    1334:
    Wind turbine

    What happens to wind turbines in a storm? BBC Magazine has been finding out...

     
  296.  
    1335:

    Kew Gardens says between 10 to 15 of its mature trees have come down in the storm. A spokesman says the gardens, in south-west London, are closed today but Wakehurst Place in West Sussex, which is also managed by Kew, is open as normal.

     
  297.  
    1337: Adam Kemp, Norwich

    emails: Storm has just hit Norwich. Ten minutes ago was wondering what the fuss with all the cancellations was about with just a few drops of rain outside. Suddenly it's changed and is raining hard, can feel the strong swirling winds pushing against the house.

     
  298.  
    1339:

    A ferry carrying 1,000 people from Newcastle to Amsterdam has been forced to return to sea after the storm caused officials to close the port of IJmuiden, near Amsterdam.

     
  299.  
    1340:

    DFDS Seaways said the ferry, which was due to reach Amsterdam at 09:30 local time, is believed to be waiting outside the Dutch port and is now expected to dock at 15:30 local time.

     
  300.  
    1340: James Davies, Chiswick, London, UK
    Snapped tree trunk

    emailed us this picture of a tree snapped off at the trunk and lying across the path in Chiswick, London

     

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