Christmas storms leave floods, power cuts and stranded travellers

Key Points

  • Thousands of homes were left without power, mainly in southern England, after flooding and storm damage to power lines
  • Those without power were unlikely to be re-connected before Boxing Day
  • Two severe flood warnings and more than 100 flood warnings were in place on Christmas Day

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  1.  
    1606:

    Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage as severe weather continues to cause disruption in many parts of the UK.

     
  2.  
    1608:

    A quick reminder of the day's developments so far:

    • Train services, road travel and some ferry and air services are being affected in parts of the UK as many people travel home for the Christmas break
    • Gale-force winds have left thousands of homes in Berkshire and south-west England without power
    • Emergency services are searching for a man who is believed to have fallen into the River Rothay at Ambleside, Cumbria
    • The Met Office has issued amber alerts for rain and there are some 28 flood warnings in place
     
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    1609:

    As well as this page, you can also follow all the latest updates in our main BBC News website story or on the BBC News Channel.

     
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    1619:

    The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for the Sea Life Centre and the Preston Beach Road area of Lodmoor in Weymouth, Dorset.

    A severe flood warning means there is a danger to life. It will remain in force for two hours following the time of the predicted high tide.

     
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    1621:

    More on that severe flood warning for Weymouth. The Environment Agency says: "There may be significant spray and shingle overtopping affecting the Preston Road. The public are also advised to avoid the Preston Beach area on foot as conditions are extremely dangerous and will remain so overnight," the Environment Agency says.

     
  7.  
    Craig Thomas, Wisbech, Cambridshire

    texts: The wind here in Cambridgeshire is the worst I've ever experienced. Wheelie bins have blown over, there's rubbish everywhere. And there is a house just up from me with tiles flying off its roof!

     
  8.  
    East Coast Trains

    Owing to overhead wire problems between London and Stevenage, train services running to/from these stations may be delayed by up to 60 mins.

     
  9.  
    1625:

    The AA's Special Operations Response Team says it has had more than 120 breakdown calls directly relating to the weather.

     
  10.  
    Pete Smith, Surrey

    emails: Tree fallen into inside lane of A3 southbound between Malden & Tolworth. Luckily no-one was caught in the initial accident (tree top landed almost on top of one car) but there may now be a tailback due to the reduction in lanes.

     
  11.  
    1629:

    National Rail has sent out a series of tweets about train disruption. They include:

    • Southern Trains not running between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction.
    • Overhead wire problems mean trains between Peterborough and Grantham are currently suspended.
    • Signalling problems between Guildford and Haslemere preventing trains from running between the two stations.
     
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    1631:
    St Oswalds Bay, South Dorset

    James Gale took this photo of St Oswald's Bay in south Dorset.

     
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    1633:

    The body of a man has been found in the River Rothay at Ambleside in the Lake District after an extensive search by the RAF, emergency services, coastguard, mountain rescue and lake wardens from Windermere.

     
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    1635:
    Tree blocking line in Bickley

    Network Rail took this photo of a tree blocking the line at Bickley, south-east London.

     
  15.  
    Lucky Gopal, Camberley, Hampshire
    Tree uprooted

    emailed us his picture of a tree that came down in his back garden. He said they have lost a few roof tiles as well as some guttering, but nobody was hurt.

     
  16.  
    1640: East Midlands Trains

    Xmas Eve: The last service from Nottingham to London will be the 18:32 departure

     
  17.  
    1640:

    The unidentified man whose body was found in the River Rothay was reported to have fallen into the fast-flowing river at 14:25 GMT. His body was recovered an hour later.

     
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    1642:

    East Midlands Trains says the last Christmas Eve service from Sheffield to London will depart at 18:29 GMT and the last service to depart Derby for the capital will be 19:01.

     
  19.  
    East Coast Trains

    Due to the severe weather the 17:03 London to Leeds and 17:54 Newark to London train has been cancelled.

     
  20.  
    1647:

    The Environment Agency updates its flood map every 15 minutes. There is currently one severe flood warning, 29 flood warnings and 178 flood alerts across England and Wales.

     
  21.  
    1651:

    Cumbria Police has warned people not to enter local rivers or lakes, describing the water as "very fast moving and dangerous".

     
  22.  
    Aimee Britton from Buckinghamshire

    emailed to say: I'm currently stuck on a ferry just outside Dover. I left Calais three and a half hours ago. At least we are warm, dry and comfortable! Not looking forward to the drive back to Buckingham.

     
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    1654:
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    East Midlands Trains

    We are planning to run our as-advertised Christmas timetable for tomorrow 24/12.

     
  25.  
    Jasper Michie in South Zeal, Devon

    emails: It is very wet and windy here in Devon. We've had 30cm of flood water a five-minute walk away from the house, and we have seen quite a few trees down as well. We have relatives trying to get down from London, so good luck to people travelling!

     
  26.  
    1700:

    The BBC has put together a gallery of images that show how the storm has affected the country.

     
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    1704:

    Southeastern says on that on Tuesday it is unlikely to be able to run any trains until after 07:00 GMT.

     
  28.  
    1708:

    The BBC's transport correspondent Richard Westcott says there is severe disruption at Euston station in London.

    Power supply problems around the Watford area mean virtually nothing is leaving the station at the moment.

     
  29.  
    Mark Stanley, Piccadilly, London

    sent us his picture of the snow globe over the statue of Eros at Piccadilly, shortly after it collapsed due to the strong winds and rain in London.

    Collapsed snow globe on Eros at Piccadilly
     
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    1713:

    Devon and Somerset Fire Service says it has responded to more than 60 weather-related calls, including seven rescues of motorists from flood water.

     
  31.  
    1717:

    Heathrow and Gatwick airports are currently running normal services, BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott says. There have been a few cancellations at Heathrow, he says, but the airport says all passengers should get away tonight.

     
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    1720:
    St Ouen

    Jools Holt sent in this picture of St Ouen on the west coast of Jersey.

     
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    1725:

    The BBC News team in Cumbria says police are trying to identify the man whose body was found in the River Rothay and inform his next of kin.

     
  34.  
    1728:

    Flights from Southampton Airport are currently temporarily suspended because of the high winds, it says.

     
  35.  
    1730:

    Reading's IDR flyover will stay closed for the rest of the evening, say Reading Council.

     
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    1733:
    Horrabridge

    Here's a photo of how the rain has affected a river in Horrabridge, Devon.

     
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    1735:
    Horrabridge

    Here's another photo from Horrabridge in Devon.

     
  38.  
    Brett, Abertillery

    texts: Heavy rain and strong wind in Llanhilleth, South Wales. River levels are high, not looking good as we are due another heavy downfall of rain tonight.

     
  39.  
    1740:

    More on the flyover in Reading that has been closed for the rest of today over safety concerns.

    It is thought that bits of metal cladding from a nearby car park became detached in the high winds, sending debris flying across the carriageway. The closure is causing major traffic problems in the town centre. There are no reported injuries.

     
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    1741:

    Brittany Ferries has confirmed that a passenger on the Portsmouth to Bilbao crossing had to be airlifted off the ship after sustaining neck injuries from a fall during rough weather.

     
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    1748:

    Devon County Council says it has received reports of more than 200 flooding incidents and about 105 fallen trees.

     
  42.  
    1754:

    Virgin Trains is publishing information on amended timetables and ticket restrictions for travellers on Christmas Eve.

     
  43.  
    Matt Cass

    emailed in this photo of a crowded Victoria station in London. "Apparently a massive tree has fallen over around St Mary Cray blocking lines," he said.

    Photo: Matt Cass
     
  44.  
    1806: National Rail

    #UKStorm - trains are no longer able to call at Stonegate because of flooding at the station.

     
  45.  
    1807:

    Stansted Airport says flights are currently operating as normal, but passengers are advised to check with their airlines before travelling to the airport.

     
  46.  
    1811:

    Despite flights from Stansted Airport operating as normal, the Stansted Express train service will be subject to speed restrictions from 18:00 GMT. Some services have been cancelled.

     
  47.  
    1821:

    A woman's body has been recovered from a river in Gwynedd, north Wales. Neither the police nor the fire service have said whether her death was connected to the bad weather.

     
  48.  
    1822:

    Trains to and from East Grinstead in West Sussex may be delayed because of a tree on the line near Lingfield, National Rail says.

     
  49.  
    1824: East Midlands Trains

    Xmas Eve: Our last service from Lincoln to Nottingham will be the 18:35 departure on that day.

     
  50.  
    1836:

    Passengers on a train near St Mary Cray, south-east London, have been stuck for two hours without moving because of a tree on the track. Southeastern says another train is to take them on the rest of their journey shortly.

     
  51.  
    1837: Robbie Dee from Basingstoke

    emails: I just nearly got stuck near Alresford, Hampshire. There were huge trees falling and blocking all country B roads. I had to get out of the way of one falling tree very fast - it fell down just behind my car. I was rescued by a very nice farmer telling me about a route I could take.

     
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    1842:

    Bad weather and more online shopping has seen fewer shoppers hitting the UK High Street in the run up to Christmas this year, according to new figures from research company Springboard.

     
  53.  
    1846: National Rail

    Trains are unable to run between Yeovil Pen Mill and Dorchester West because of flooding.

     
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    1852:

    East Midlands Trains says the last service from Liverpool to Nottingham is leaving at 18:52.

     
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    1854:
    Flood map

    The Environment Agency updates its flood map every 15 minutes, showing all of the flood warnings in England and Wales.

     
  56.  
    1904: Jamil

    emails: I'm at Heathrow Terminal 3 waiting for a plane that should have left at 1605. We've been told that the inbound flight tried to land twice and couldn't because of high winds. It was diverted to Amsterdam to refuel.

     
  57.  
    1908:
    Fallen tree

    Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's Portchester fire station took this photo of firefighters making the scene safe after a tree fell onto a house.

     
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    1913:
    Saint Evette harbour at Esquibien in Brittany

    France is also being battered by the storm. Here waves can be seen crashing over a breakwater in Saint Evette harbour at Esquibien, Brittany.

     
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    1927:

    The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Stour at Mitford Bridge, Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire.

     
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    1928:

    The Environment Agency is warning the public not to try to drive through flood water. Two feet of water is enough to float a car, it warns.

     
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    1943:

    National Rail says trains are currently unable to run between Petersfield and Fareham to Portsmouth. Buses are in operation.

     
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    1944:

    To recap, there is now one severe flood warning - Preston Beach at Weymouth - as well as 37 flood warnings and 181 flood alerts across England and Wales at the moment.

     
  63.  
    1953:
    Umbrella broken by the wind in Derby city centre

    A common problem across the UK today : this shopper in rain-lashed Derby city centre struggled to keep her umbrella in one piece.

     
  64.  
    1959: Rick Farrell in Whistable

    emailed in this photo of a house damaged by the storm.

    Photo: Rick Farrell
     
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    2003:

    There is a flood warning for the River Teme at Stanford Bridge, Worcestershire, as water levels continue to rise.

     
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    2010:

    Western Power says there are now about 700 homes in Cornwall without electricity. Earlier there were 5,000 across the South-West. Helston, Marazion and Devoran are all affected.

     
  67.  
    David

    emails: BA flight to Glasgow cancelled this afternoon at City Airport after a two-hour wait to take off. Many other flights cancelled also. Queues of people frantically trying to rebook or find alternatives.

     
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    2017:
    Heathrow flight takes off. 23 Dec 2013

    This flight took off in a cloud of spray from a rain-soaked runway at Heathrow Airport. There have been a few cancellations, but officials say all passengers should get away tonight.

     
  69.  
    Alex Masters in Dartmouth

    emails: I've just arrived back after travelling from Carlisle to Totnes by train - it took me 9 hours! A delayed train that arrived at Birmingham New Street meant I missed my connection. Staff were doing their best. I had to stand for three hours due to overcrowding.

     
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    2029:

    The number of flood warnings across England and Wales has risen to 58 and the number of flood alerts to 223. There is still only one severe flood warning - at Preston Beach in Weymouth. Details are on the Environment Agency's live map.

     
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    2045:

    Another pulse of rain is now moving across the south of the UK, the Met Office warns. The number of flood alerts and warnings is rising, it says.

     
  72.  
    Sarah Pritchard from Solihull

    emails: My parents and I are stuck in Hamburg airport - with a couple of hundred others - waiting for our flight to Gatwick. We were supposed to leave at 19:50 but our plane won't be here for at least a couple of hours. Not holding out much hope. And the bars are shut.

     
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    2049:

    National Rail says there are currently no trains between Horsham and Arundel in West Sussex because of flooding.

     
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    2136:

    Met Office chief forecaster Andy Page warns that a rapidly deepening area of low pressure developing to the west of Ireland is forecast to pass just to the north-west of the UK overnight and on Tuesday.

     
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    2136:

    The Met Office's Andy Page says Northern Ireland, the north and north-west of Scotland will suffer stormy conditions on Christmas Eve with "the potential for possible disruption to transport".

     
  76.  
    Kim, Coleman Green, Hertfordshire

    I've had no power for three and half hours now. I hope the Christmas food in the fridge and freezer is OK!

     
  77.  
    2138: BBC Weather

    tweets: Winds have quietened down a bit, but the next surge of strong winds will come into Sussex and Kent overnight (gusts 70-80mph).

     
  78.  
    Lauchlan Maclean-Bristol in Lytham

    emails: Our ferry has just been cancelled from Oban to the Isle of Coll due to 60 mile an hour winds. That's the last ferry before Christmas - so my parents will be alone this Christmas for only the second time ever. Upset grandchildren and grandparents!

     
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    2140:

    The storm is continuing to cause travel chaos in Kent where National Rail says services around Ashford International are at a standstill because of an "object on the line" causing signalling problems.

     
  80.  
    The BBC's Tomasz Schafernaker

    tweets: Incredible 9PM satellite pic of how huge (the area it covers) this current storm is. About as big as they get.

    Satellite picture of storm
     
  81.  
    Jason Reeve

    emails: Flooding in the Pantiles area of Tunbridge Wells in Kent this evening.

    Photo: Jason Reeve
     
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    2152:

    Falmouth Coastguard say they are involved in the rescue of two French sailors on a sinking yacht 170 miles (273km) south-west of the Isles of Scilly. They have tried to divert merchant ships to the area but because of the "horrendous sea conditions" the ships are unable to help. Helicopters from RNAS Culdrose and one from RMB Chivenor are now en-route to attempt a rescue. More details as we get them.

     
  83.  
    BBC Scotland Weather

    tweets: Met Office Amber 'be prepared' warning for wind (80-90mph), for NW coast/Isles, now starts at 6am tomorrow morning. Severe gales elsewhere.

     
  84.  
    Sandbags in Seaford, East Sussex

    The Environment Agency tweeted this picture of its operations team in Seaford, East Sussex, putting sandbags along the seawall.

     
  85.  
    2158:

    Wondering what's caused the current stormy weather in the run-up to Christmas? BBC Weather's Matt Taylor explains.

     
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    2213:
    Flooding in the Pantiles area of Tunbridge Wells, Kent

    Jason Reeve took this photograph of flooding in The Pantiles area of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, this evening.

     
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    2214: James Carr

    texts: On a P&O ferry in the channel coming back from a couple of days at Disneyland. We've been advised to settle in for the night as likely to be 5am before Dover port re-opens.

     
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    2216:

    National Rail says trains are unable to run between Guildford and Redhill in Surrey because of a tree on the line near Shalford.

     
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    2216:

    Kent Fire and Rescue Service says its control room has taken more than 100 calls and its crews are attending flooding incidents in the west of the county.

     
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    2217:

    Ferry passenger Catriona Koris tells the BBC how rough seas left a number of passengers hurt en route to Bilbao in northern Spain. The MV Cap Finistere is now anchored off the coast of France waiting for the storm to pass.

     
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    2217:

    The continent is also taking a battering from the weather tonight. Rescue teams are searching for a Russian man reported to have fallen from a damaged cargo ship in stormy seas off north-west France.

     
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    2218:

    In London, the Royal Parks agency has closed Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, St James's Park and Green Park early due to "the current severe weather conditions".

     
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    2225: Naomi

    texts: My flight from Edinburgh to Southampton this evening was cancelled. I am now on an adventure to make it down by train by 10am tomorrow. I'm currently heading to Manchester. Good luck to those on their way to loved ones.

     
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    2226: The AA

    tweets: After a respite, calls to flood related breakdowns have started coming in again in Cornwall.

     
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    2246:

    The Met Office says amber "be prepared" weather warnings for Scotland on Christmas Eve will now come into force at 06:00. They cover the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the north-west Highlands, Argyll and Bute, Orkney and Shetland.

     
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    2247:

    P&O Ferries has suspended sailings between the County Antrim port of Larne and Cairnryan in Dumfries and Galloway until further notice. A spokesman said it was unlikely that sailings would resume before lunchtime on Tuesday.

     
  97.  

    Robin Gisby, of Network Rail, said Monday had been a "difficult day". He added: "I thank passengers for their patience as we worked clearing around 80 trees off lines and overhead wires to get them home today."

     
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    2248:

    Robin Gisby of Network Rail: "Tonight we continue that work as the storm passes over the country, with hundreds of engineers out clearing the tracks and fixing any damage."

     
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    2251:

    Robin Gisby of Network Rail: "Early tomorrow morning, as long as there has been no additional damage, we will need to check the lines are safe and get a number of trains, which were not able to run today, in the right place, so I'd ask anyone travelling to bear with us as we work to get the system up and running."

     
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    2252:

    Brittany Ferries says it has cancelled two crossings tonight - Plymouth to Roscoff and Portsmouth to Caen. A spokesman said an earlier Portsmouth to Bilbao crossing had tried to enter Brest but the waters were too rough. It is now anchored, "riding out the storm in Finistere". In case you missed it, hear this account of those passengers' ordeal.

     
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    2306:

    South West Trains says there will be no more services running from Waterloo going south of Basingstoke or Guildford this evening. Trains already running will continue to their destinations where possible.

     
  102.  
    2314:

    South West Trains says there are a number of trees down across the network with some lines closed for flooding. Trees are blocking one line at Berrylands and also at Brookwood. Trees are also blocking the lines at Tolworth and Clando. Latest updates here.

     
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    2316: Ana Silva O'Reilly

    tweets: The Brits' concern 4others never ceases to amaze me.Driving 2LHR &trees have fallen enroute. 6 cars stopped us 2let us know.Thanks

     
  104.  
    2323: Lucy

    tweets: Always good when the train driver has to get out and spend forty minutes moving a tree that's fallen in front of the train...

     
  105.  
    2324:

    Another update from National Rail. It says all Thameslink services between Bedford and Brighton via St Pancras are cancelled.

     
  106.  
    2324: Traffic South

    tweets: Update: M23 now closed both ways 10a-11 due to flooding

     
  107.  
    2324: John Hartevelt

    tweets: Two and a half hours late, in a queue of 35+ planes waiting to take off at Heathrow. The annual UK transport meltdown is on.

     
  108.  
    2338: Olivia Classey

    tweets: My train home to Sussex hit a tree :(. Salute the driver for moving it off the track

     
  109.  
    2338: Alan

    texts: Just landed at Manchester after two aborted attempts to land at Heathrow. Lots of cheering when we touched down.

     
  110.  
    2338: Stuart

    texts: Sat on our plane at Heathrow awaiting a potential departure time. Three flights have taken off in the last hour and there is a queue of 30. Not optimistic of making our respective destinations for Christmas Day!

     
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    2339: Rob

    texts: Here in the Isles of Scilly we're still experiencing heavy persistent rain and high gusts of wind. Although we have had no major incidents on the islands our biggest worry is that our freight ship is unable to come again before the Christmas break and with the current forecast for Friday it will not be able to sail. However I must say the ship has made two terrible crossings in awful weather to ensure we have had goods coming in.

     
  112.  
    South West Trains

    tweets: No trains running on any route before 07:30 on Tuesday 24 December to allow each line to be checked to ensure safety.

     
  113.  
    0031: James Cockbill, in Dunsfold, Surrey

    emails: Weather in Dunsfold is very bad, trees coming down all over the place. Feels like the roof is going to be blown off. Not felt wind like this ever! Travel safe

     
  114.  
    0031: Kris, in Borough Green, Kent

    emails: Powercut! Cold and frustrating!

     
  115.  
    0031: Claire Archbold

    tweets: That's the shed roof gone! Good job my kids sleep through anything!

     
  116.  
    0031: Katie Clement

    tweets: And now the powers gone. Great! Glad we've not got a turkey in our fridge!

     
  117.  
    0032: Ross, from London

    emails: Sitting on BA109 scheduled for Dubai. Plane has left the gate and we are sitting waiting for the tower to allow us to move. We have been told we may not be taking off till 2am. Going to be a long night on the Tarmac at Heathrow.

     
  118.  
    0051: Alex Dyer

    tweets: So all our fences are gone... and a spade appeared on my driveway...

     
  119.  
    0051: Tim, from Kent

    texts: Stuck on a train at Sevenoaks station from Charing Cross. Delayed more than 2 hours already. Red signal ahead apparently tree on the line. Power switched off on the line

     
  120.  
    0059: Jon Jacques, in Birchington On Sea, Kent

    emails: Trying to get to bed, all I hear is remarkable wind outside, last year on New Years Eve, my house had its chimney ripped off by gale force winds, this wind is far worse!! Heard bangs and horrible noises outside! Think fence panels gone. And I think next door's tree is having a proper battering! I just hate the noise coming from our loft. Maybe going to lose a few tiles! I guess we will see in the morning.

     
  121.  
    0058:

    Northern Ireland Electricity warns of possible damage to the electricity network in Northern Ireland due to severe storms expected on Christmas Eve. Northern Ireland is expected face some of the stormiest weather in the UK on Tuesday, with gusts of up to 80mph possible.

     
  122.  
    0106: Colin, in Hook, Hampshire

    emails: Positive note to the storm, the team and I are out all night working on the downed power lines. Lots of overtime with Christmas around the corner. It's going to be a long, wet night.

     
  123.  
    George, in Andover, Hampshire

    emails: Persistent rain for the last 24 hrs and more recently strong winds have lead to many trees being uprooted and much debris on roads. Be safe.

     
  124.  
    0117: Daryl, in London

    emails: Be careful on the A3, we were travelling southbound near Lip Hook and hit the branches of a tree which was down. Luckily we had seen the car in front swerve so we did as well, into the next lane but the ends of the branch still whacked into the windscreen, we called 999 to inform them as it was across the whole inner lane and not clearly visible and they said there is a tree down northbound as well.

     
  125.  
    0117: Steve

    emails: Still waiting for ground crew to let us off at Stansted after pilot aborted landing from Stockholm at Gatwick at about 300 metres. Think everyone thought they were going to die. Plane being throw about like a toy. Absolutely horrible flight but glad to be alive and glad our pilot earned his applause.

     
  126.  
    0117: Samuel Sly, in Poole

    emails: Sandbanks road nearly completely flooded, Poole park flooded. Most roads round Poole town starting to flood.

     
  127.  
    0117: Robert Varga

    emails: On Austrian flight OS 456 at Heathrow on the tarmac for three hours waiting for any potential take off when wind slows down. Crew is eager to fly us to Vienna! Fingers crossed!

     
  128.  
    0159: Caroline, in Portsmouth

    emails: Can I echo being careful on the A3, saw the tree mentioned earlier in the road, sporadic flooding which you cannot see, and also a car just still on the inner lane. Debris everywhere. Hindhead tunnel the only respite on a steady journey from London to the coast. Keep safe out there.

     
  129.  
    0159: Ioannis

    emails: On flight BA0634, due to take off at 7pm. Still on the stand. almost 7 hour delay and counting on! Pilot is eager to get us to Athens when the wind goes down!

     
  130.  
    0159: Garry, Dorset

    texts: Left Paris two hours late, bound for Bristol. Left hovering above Bristol for 30 minutes before being diverted to Birmingham. Horrific experience, Captain was nothing short of a magician for landing in this wind. Most terrifying experience of my life. Eight other flights diverted here, with hundreds of passengers being put up in hotels.

     
  131.  
    0159: Umar, in Southwark

    emails: Just assessed the damage to the garden and it's quite bleak. Fences all down and garden shed non-existent as for the roof of the shed... well it's nowhere to be seen.

     
  132.  
    0159: Phill Jeffers, in London

    emails: After four hours of boarding at Heathrow, cannot disembark, due to high winds they cannot attach the tunnel. Informed no hotel accommodation and no transportation available

     
  133.  
    0200: Sam, in Aldershot

    emails: : So far, power out, garden and patio underwater, lost two fence panels and part of a brick wall. Water seeping through brick work in the garage. Sounded earlier like a few roof tiles may have gone. My husband works for Network Rail and is on duty tonight, word is they are struggling to deal with the amount of trees on the line, he has never experienced high winds like it in the 20 years on the job!

     
  134.  
    0200: Mark

    texts: Keeping an eye on our marina on the River Hamble. Boats leaning over at 45 degrees, a couple have people living on board! Everyone safe so far.

     
  135.  
    0201: Elaine from Longfield, Kent

    Scariest journey driving home tonight. Tree branches falling everywhere, waterlogged roads, lashing rain, gale force winds, house alarms ringing, telegraph wires sparking. Held up for a while as men with chain saws cutting tree trunk which had fallen in road. Hair-raising experience. Now have power cut. Maybe I'll get away with not cooking Christmas dinner!

     
  136.  
    0201: Rob, in Stafford

    emails: Just took me 7 hours from arriving at Euston to get to Stafford (usually 1 hour 15 minutes). Still quite an amusing journey and most people were still in good spirits. I've lived abroad for the last 3 months so was good to feel so British!

     
  137.  
    0201: Benjamin Webster

    emails: On the BA738 from Stockholm into London Heathrow T5. Two failed attempts at landing, followed by a mad dash to Stansted. Captain did an extraordinary job of landing in such high winds. Crew was calm and professional throughout. A credit to BA. Sitting, waiting to find out where next, as Stansted won't accept us as we're on a BA plane. Happy to be on the ground.

     
  138.  
    0217: Shannon, in Kent

    emails: 70ft tree in our garden, fallen on our van, squished it to pieces and the roots have even lifted our concrete path up!

     
  139.  
    0218: Mark Shelley, Kent

    "Tonight's wind lifted the roof straight off the observatory shed housing my telescope."

    Observatory roof
     
  140.  
    0237: Martyn in Waterlooville, Hants

    texts: Lost a fence panel and most of the roof off my workshop but it's only material! Please be safe out there.

     
  141.  
    0328: Leigh Robinson, in Kent

    emails: Woken up at 1.30am by a 50 foot tree falling against the front of our house. Somehow the house (150 years old) held it and it's just leaning against it. Hit the wall between two bedrooms!

     
  142.  
    0329: Richard

    emails: I live in a suburb of Maidstone and have never witnessed winds as fierce as those I am seeing from my house as I type this. I can literally hear the beams in the loft creaking as the wind slams against the building, and every so often a huge crash can be heard coming from outside, and by the sounds and current sights of this storm, I'm expecting to wake up to some considerable damage in my area tomorrow. I certainly would urge nobody to drive without important reason tonight in Maidstone, the gusts are huge.

     
  143.  
    0329: Jean, West Sussex

    texts: Strong winds on South Coast, just lost roof tile which smashed through top of glass roof on the car. Wind doesn't seem to be subsiding and it's all quite scary

     
  144.  
    0329: Damien, Portglenone

    texts: The winds have arrived in County Antrim!! Rough night ahead.

     
  145.  
    0330: Rory Campbell, in Chiswick, London

    "The tree fell right outside my house. Almost crushed our car. That tree was weak at the roots, but still needed a lot of force to push it over."

    Fallen tree
     
  146.  
    0330: Natalie, in Romford

    texts: Trees, bins and glass garden table upturned. Not expecting shed or fence panels to be standing come morning. Not bad compared to other parts of the country. Safe Christmas to all.

     
  147.  
    0331: Emma Lord, from Huddersfield

    emails: We hit major turbulence whilst descending towards Luton airport. After two failed attempts at landing the captain took us to Birmingham airport. We landed safely and waited an hour on the plane before entering the airport. We are now waiting in a two hour queue along with hundreds of other passengers to go to a nearby hotel for the night.

     
  148.  
    0335: Andy Rankine, in Tudeley, Kent

    emails: Just as I thought the maelstrom was easing here, an almighty blast just removed a couple of large ridge tiles which took out a load of other tiles on the way down. Neighbour lost a good proportion of his roof earlier as well. Far worse than the "hurricane" a couple of weeks ago.

     
  149.  
    0335: Mike, from Birmingham

    emails: On one of at least seven planes planes diverted from Gatwick to Liverpool. Apparently Stansted, Luton, Birmingham were all full. Waiting on tarmac for two hours now as they unload planes in order. Hotels tonight though will probably be a few hours yet before we see a bed tonight.

     
  150.  
    0340: Jackie, Sussex

    emails: On a BA flight diverted from Gatwick. Crew all great in terrifying aborted landing. Landed in Manchester at 12.20. Glad to be safe but there are no ground crew available so we cannot get off the plane. Now told should be off at 3.30 am - then we need to find and pay for own taxi and hotel in Manchester as no other support available tonight.

     
  151.  
    0425: Jakob Tungelund

    Flooding on Hailley Road, Witney, Oxfordshire

    Flooding in Witney
     
  152.  
    0431:

    The Met Office has amber - meaning "be prepared" - severe weather warnings for wind for Northern Ireland (03:00-14:00) and north-west Scotland (06:00-midnight).

     
  153.  
    0444: Paul, Kent

    texts: Woken up by car alarms as tree falls on neighbours car and the sound of the winds is echoing through my house.

     
  154.  
    0444:
    Edinburgh City bypass traffic

    Watch the BBC's Chris Fawkes predict further bad weather here

     
  155.  
    0453: Laura, Merseyside

    emails: Just want to say I hope my husband and all his work colleges who are travelling from all over the UK to help fix peoples power lines that may have been damaged due to the awful weather, stay safe over the next couple of days and merry Christmas everyone!

     
  156.  
    0458: James, from London

    emails: Stuck on plane in Manchester, flight diverted from Gatwick due to the high winds being experienced. Abortive landing at Gatwick was very scary, BA cabin crew have been great. Not yet sure how we will make the onward journey back to London.

     
  157.  
    0511: Bob, in Brighton

    emails: Have started losing roof tiles from my main roof. The whole place has been vibrating as huge gusts batter the side of the house. My kitchen extension felt flat roof appears to be banging up and down. This is the worst gale since the hurricane of 1987. Far, far worse than the recent gales we were warned of. It's all quite scary. Don't go out unless it is very, very important to you.

     
  158.  
    0514:

    Police have been forced to close the A20 in south-east London in both directions between Green Lane and Frognal Corner due to severe flooding.

     
  159.  
    0517:

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service says it received more than 100 emergency calls in three hours late last night after a spate of flooding and weather related incidents. These included domestic flooding, people trapped in vehicles in flood water, electricity cables down and one fire. There is concern about St John's Bridge in Helston as it is believed the river may burst its banks.

     
  160.  
    0527:
    Eros globe

    Strong winds caused the Eros globe in central London - a Christmas attraction surrounding the famous statue in Piccadilly Circus - to deflate on Monday.

    Eros globe deflated
     
  161.  
    0532: Ben Munday

    texts: Still on P&O 8pm departure from Calais, anchored offshore each wave causing bad aircraft like turbulence.

     
  162.  
    0538: Katie, Nettlestead, Kent

    texts: Amazing how dark it is here with no power. Hoping the packed fridge stays cold with all the Christmas goodies in!

     
  163.  
    0553: Kirstie, Exeter

    texts: Sat on the severely delayed 2035 FGW Paddington to Plymouth train which has been stranded at Taunton since 1.45am. No replacement buses were put on so we have been sat on the train all night. Left London 8 hours ago.

     
  164.  
    0601: Alienor

    texts: Our ferry has been stuck just outside Dover in high seas since 7pm last night with no apparent let up any time soon. Crew are being great with passengers though!

     
  165.  
    0602: Alex, Winkleigh, Devon

    emails: Waiting in Newcastle airport after being diverted from Gatwick, now just have to get a flight to Bristol and get home, somehow. Wish I was still in Morocco!

     
  166.  
    0611: SouthernRailUK

    There are no Southern services until further notice because of extreme disruption caused on parts of our network by the #UKStorm

    Southern operates passenger services from London Bridge and London Victoria to Beckenham Junction, Epsom Downs, Leatherhead, East Grinstead, Uckfield, Caterham, Tattenham Corner, Horsham, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton, Eastbourne and Ore. It also operates services from Brighton to Ashford, Brighton to Seaford, Brighton to Southampton and South Croydon to Milton Keynes.

     
  167.  
    BBC London Travel

    All published information regarding last trains this Christmas Eve could change, so your best option is to check with your train operator.

     
  168.  
    0612:

    The London Fire Brigade describe last night as "extremely busy". Since 20:00 GMT, it has taken "around 800 calls" - four times more than normal. South-east London is worst affected, with rivers bursting their banks, flooding and wind damage in the Bromley, Sidcup, Croydon and West Wickham areas. The brigade says a train has run into a landslide at slow speed at Coulsdon.

     
  169.  
    0620:
    Undated handout video grab issued by the RNLI of RNLI volunteers saving a golden Labrador

    The RNLI has issued this picture of volunteers saving a golden Labrador that was swept out to sea while out for a walk with her owner at Sea Palling in Norfolk on Sunday.

     
  170.  
    Francisco

    texts: I'm in Gatwick north terminal! All systems are down due to weather condition!! I should be boarding right now! All flights have been suspended. It's Christmas eve!! I want to go home!!

     
  171.  
    Silvia, London

    emails: Gatwick terminal north power is down due to weather. All flights been delayed. Massive queues at the check in. It's incredible how air flight companies can't find an alternative solution to the normal check in. It would be great to see someone maybe doing some manual check in rather than apologies every 10 minutes.

     
  172.  
    Chris Healey at Gatwick Airport

    emails: It looks like our flight will be leaving on time, they are manually checking people onto the plane; pen & paper.

     
  173.  
    0654: Breaking News

    Fire crews have rescued around 25 people from cars trapped in flood water in Dorset, Dorset Fire Control says.

     
  174.  
    0656: South West Trains

    Because of 28 trees blocking lines & 6 areas of flooding across the South West Trains network, there will be no service before 10:00 #UKStorm

     
  175.  
    0656:

    South West Trains say no services will run until 10:00 at the earliest to allow for safety checks to be carried out on the tracks because of the likelihood of fallen trees and localised flooding across the network.

     
  176.  
    Lewis Fry

    tweets: Packed airport. Delayed flights. Christmas Eve. Add Bruce Willis, snow and the threat of militant action and we have Die Hard 2 #Gatwick

     
  177.  
    0657:

    There are currently no train services to or from Gatwick Airport: "Due to adverse weather conditions, there are currently no trains running to or from Gatwick Airport. Passengers are advised to seek alternative transport and to leave extra time for their journey."

     
  178.  
    0701:

    Gatwick Airport says it is suffering sporadic power problems at North Terminal. The airport is operational and can process passengers who have checked in online or have hand baggage. There are some issues with manual check in. South Terminal is operating normally

     
  179.  
    Hollie

    emails: Still waiting on news about the stranded London to Plymouth service currently stuck at Taunton. Having been on this train for over nine hours with no sign of any update I might just have to hitch a lift home with Santa!

     
  180.  
    0702:

    First Great Western says many of its routes remain blocked by floodwater or fallen trees this morning. Many services will be cancelled or delayed. High-speed services will not run until 09:00 at the earliest.

     
  181.  
    Mike Calverley in Shaftesbury, Dorset

    emails: Lost many roof tiles, one of which came through the conservatory. Trampoline moved from one end of the garden to the other and landed on the swing which is now bent out of shape. My kids and wife are all safe and as long as Santa Claus makes it tonight we will all be fine.

     
  182.  
    0711:

    Southern Railway says its lines are suspended till further notice: "The stormy weather overnight into this morning has caused considerable difficulties for our rail network and the surrounding road network... We will not be able to gauge the full extent of this damage or the prospect for operating services safely until daylight... This means that train services are SUSPENDED until this work is complete and we do not expect this to happen until much later this morning."

     
  183.  
    0714:

    In Reading, Berkshire, the town's IDR (Inner Distribution Road) flyover remains closed this morning near the Oracle shopping centre after it was closed due to high winds on Monday evening.

     
  184.  
    Andy Rodger in Seaton, Devon

    emails: Eventually got our power restored after being cut off yesterday at 16.00. Just hope my turkey will be ok to eat after the fridge was out of action for so long. Nice to have all our electrical comforts back after so long. Kudos to the guys working to restore the cables in atrocious conditions.

     
  185.  
    0716:

    Police say a 48-year-old man, from Lancaster, whose body was pulled from the River Rothay in Ambleside, Cumbria, on Monday, was spotted with his dog at 14:25 in the river. He is yet to be named.

     
  186.  
    0717:

    His body was recovered at 15:30 on Monday after a search by emergency services, lake wardens, coastguard, mountain rescue and RAF rescue. The dog managed to get out of the water, police said.

     
  187.  
    0718:
  188.  
  189.  
  190.  
  191.  
    Dimitri

    emails: Gatwick North: terminal power cut. Unable to check in due to baggage belts not working. Access to the terminal is very restricted due to huge number of cars approaching the airport. Heavy flooding on M25, when joining M23 for Gatwick. Allow extra time and check with your flight operator as some flights will be managed from South terminal.

     
  192.  
    0726:

    Two people had to be rescued from their vehicle after it became trapped in floodwater in Kelston, near Bath.

     
  193.  
    0727:

    Gatwick Express says its train services are suspended on all routes.

     
  194.  
    0727:

    There is disruption to rail services and delays to flights from Bristol Airport, although the majority of flights are operating.

     
  195.  
    0729:

    There is disruption across Somerset after heavy rain and strong winds hit the county last night. Eighteen flood warnings are in place across the county and the fire service has been out throughout the night. It says there were 190 incidents across Devon and Somerset - most of them weather-related.

     
  196.  
    Maddy Savage

    tweets: Crowds of tired-looking people with suitcases outside Victoria Coach and train stations; trains to #London #Gatwick airport cancelled.

     
  197.  
    0734:

    In Wiltshire, police are warning nine roads are closed due to flooding, including the A365 near Shurnhold, where "numerous" vehicles are stuck. At one point, power cables were down on the A303 and officers have had more than 700 calls in the last 24 hours.

     
  198.  
    0735:

    Western Power Distribution says around 630 properties are without power in the Crewkerne and Taunton areas of Somerset.

     
  199.  
    0749:

    The Environment Agency says it has issued 260 flood alerts and 240 flood warnings, particularly in the South and South East. Some 100 houses are flooded, although those numbers are likely to change, it says.

     
  200.  
    0749:

    It says rivers are starting to reduce their flows in the north of England but it remains concerned about the south, where river levels are expected to continue to rise because of overnight rains.

     
  201.  
    0750:

    A lorry and five cars crashed after a large tree fell across three lanes of the London-bound M20 between junctions 5 and 6 at about 03:20. Emergency services are attending the incident and two lanes have now been reopened.

     
  202.  
    0751:

    A gust of 75mph has been recorded on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

     
  203.  
    0755: Breaking News

    Around 100,000 homes in the south of England are without power this morning. The Energy Networks Association says there have been "notable collisions" along power lines due to the stormy weather. They expect people to be connected quicker than after the St Jude storm and engineers have been working overnight to restore power.

     
  204.  
    0757:

    A woman has died and a man has been seriously hurt in a crash to the west of Shrewsbury, in Shropshire. The incident happened on the A458, about a mile to the west of Dinky's Dinah in Ford. Weather conditions at the time were said to be very difficult.

     
  205.  
    Mark 'Harry' Honnor

    tweets: Been sitting on tarmac since 0615. Capt just announced that all passengers are onboard but he's not sure if all baggage is! #Gatwick

     
  206.  
    0757:

    Two sailors - one French, one Swiss - have been picked up by a ship after a dramatic rescue mission 170 miles south-west of Land's End. The racing yacht Rivages was seriously damaged in 30-foot waves and storm Force 10 winds last night.

     
  207.  
    0816:

    Weather forecaster Simon King has just given this update on Radio 5 Live: "The severe weather across the south of England and Wales is clearing away. There is still some rain in the south-east corner of England and while winds get better across the south, the rivers are still responding so still could be some problems in the south."

     
  208.  
    0817:

    He added: "We are now turning our attention to Scotland and Northern Ireland which have an amber warning for strong winds. More power cuts are possible in both countries and there could be some quite significant snow across the higher ground which would lead to blizzard conditions."

     
  209.  
    Kevin, Tadworth, Surrey

    emails: Powercut here, wife already panicking over Christmas dinner

     
  210.  
    0817:

    Around two dozen flood warnings are in place across Scotland with the greatest risk for properties in the Borders, according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa).

     
  211.  
    0823:

    It has been a busy 18 hours for Essex Police, who received reports of 120 trees brought down in the wind between 13:00 GMT on Monday and 07:00 GMT on Tuesday.

    They also had 96 reports of disruption to roads, caused by fallen debris, trees, fences, telegraph poles and power lines, received 20 reports of flooding and were told of several instances of damaged buildings, mainly roofs, although there were no reports of anyone being seriously injured

     
  212.  
    0823:

    Travel to the south-west of England is still looking pretty grim. Dan Panes, a spokesman for First Great Western trains, told BBC Radio Bristol: "It has been a tough time overnight to be honest. Don't travel on our services, unless you absolutely have to."

     
  213.  
    0824:

    He added: "Seven parts of the network are completely impassable with the vast majority of high speed trains not running at least 09:00 GMT. The worst pinch-point is Taunton down to Devon and Cornwall and there is still flooding between Bristol Parkway and Swindon."

     
  214.  
    0824:

    The London Fire Brigade had 853 calls between 20:00 GMT on Tuesday and 07:00 GMT - about four times more than a normal night. Most were for flooding, wind damage and dangerous structures, with south-east London worst-hit.

     
  215.  
    0825:

    More from The London Fire Brigade who say there are virtually no trains running to the south of London with Southern, Southeastern, South West Trains and First Capital Connect all affected.

    To the north of London it is a better picture with trains now running on most routes out of Paddington, Marylebone, Euston, King's Cross, St Pancras, Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street.

     
  216.  
    0829:
    Cancellations at Waterloo Station in London

    BBC London's Louise Pepper tweeted this photo of the departure board at London's Waterloo Station this morning.

     
  217.  
    0829:

    UK Power Networks have told BBC Radio Kent that 28,000 properties in the county are without power because of the stormy weather. Spokeswoman Niamh Arnett said that engineers were working to restore their supplies as soon as possible.

     
  218.  
    0829:

    A quick update for rail travellers in Berkshire. Newbury station is closed because of flooding but trains are still passing through.

     
  219.  
    0837:
    Charlie Todd pic Charlie Todd took this shot of the A29, which he said was completely flooded
     
  220.  
    Nancy Middleton in Reigate

    emails: Our fences are down but that's the least of it. The ground floor of our home flooded at around 7pm last night. We had time to move pets to safety, save photo albums, Christmas presents, etc, pack overnight bags and have booked into a hotel. We are lucky we have insurance but it will be months before we can move back home. Have told the kids Santa knows where to find them.

     
  221.  
    Mike Long, Reigate

    emails: Try to avoid Reigate Hill, Surrey, due to three lanes blocked by a fallen tree

     
  222.  
    0838:

    Somerset has been suffering in the stormy weather over the past 24 hours. The worst affected area appears to be south Somerset and Mendip - including Yeovil, Ilminster and Crewkerne. People are struggling to get out of several villages, including Mudford, Marston Magna, Lymington and Stoke St Michael, a BBC reporter says.

     
  223.  
    0840:
    Storms hit Douglas Promenade Storms hit Douglas Promenade

    Storms in the Irish Sea are continuing to cause disruption to Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry crossings over Christmas.

     
  224.  
    0841:

    On the trains in Somerset, the main line is flooded between Yeovil Pen Mill and Weymouth, where there are no services at all. South West Trains are not running any services until at least 10:00 GMT. First Great Western says no high speed services are likely until at least 09:00 GMT while two trains were stuck for hours in Taunton last night.

     
  225.  
    0842:

    There are 40 properties without power in Crewkerne and 230 without power in the Taunton area. Western Power Distribution say they have been working through the night and have more staff coming in.

     
  226.  
    0843:

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue were called to 250 weather-related incidents overnight, including motorists who were stuck in flood water. They rescued 20 people from cars and are expecting more similar calls as the morning goes on.

     
  227.  
    0844:
    Stranded passengers at Gatwick

    Laura Morison posted this photo on Instagram showing stranded passengers at Gatwick as power problems at the north terminal caused problems with check-in.

     
  228.  
    Heather Crow

    tweets: Not looking forward to the Sussex-Yorkshire journey today #UKStorm

     
  229.  
    0850:

    The strong winds forecast for Scotland later appear to have arrived in some parts already. The highest recorded so far was 75mph in South Uist, with gusts of up to 50mph widespread across the mainland. Flood warnings have been extended to 25 places, with Tayside and the Borders most at risk according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

     
  230.  
    0859:
    Suitcases lined up at Gatwick

    Laura Morison also took this photo of the large amount of cases lined up at Gatwick while the airport attempted to fix the power failure affecting the luggage conveyor system.

     
  231.  
    0859:
    Tree brought down Several trees have been brought down across the South West

    Several properties across Devon and Cornwall have been flooded after gale force winds and persistent rain. Around 1,600 homes are without power across the South West.

     
  232.  
    0900:

    London Fire Brigade received five times the normal number of emergency 999 calls overnight as high winds and heavy rain hit the capital. A spokesperson said: "Between 20:00 GMT on Monday and 07:00 GMT on Christmas Eve, we received 853 calls. This compares with 159 calls for the same period 24 hours earlier - that's around five times busier than normal."

     
  233.  
    0901:

    He continued: "Crews have been working incredibly hard, mainly attending flooding incidents and fallen trees, as well as being called to structures such as windows, roof tiles and signs which have been left in a precarious position by the high winds. Thankfully though, so far, we have had no reports of any injuries."

    Many of the incidents attended by firefighters were in the south east and south west of London, with areas such as Bromley, Orpington, Beckenham and Sidcup particularly badly affected.

     
  234.  
    0901:

    If you are planning on making a train journey to or inside Scotland, the advice seems to be to get going as soon as possible. Network Rail spokesman Nick King told BBC Radio Scotland: "This morning in Scotland we're looking at a good service but as the afternoon goes on and the weather sweeps in, we may see some disruption. For people travelling later, the advice is people should check before they travel."

     
  235.  
    0902:

    For more detailed updates on weather, travel and other news in London, Derby and Birmingham and the Black Country - you can visit our Local Live pages which are up and running now.

     
  236.  
    0922:
    Queenstown Road, Battersea
    Queenstown Road, Battersea

    BBC producer Pete Bettaccini took these pictures of traffic trying to negotiate a flooded Queenstown Road in Battersea, south London overnight.

     
  237.  
    0923:
    Cars trapped in flood water Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue rescued 20 people from cars including a 10-year-old girl and man in Kelston near Bath

    Train passengers in the west are being warned to avoid travel on the rail network unless it is urgent as rain and high winds batter the region. A First Great Western spokesman said many services were delayed and said: "Don't travel on our services, unless you absolutely have to."

     
  238.  
    0923:

    For up-to-the-minute information on First Great Western train services, please visit the company's website.

     
  239.  
    0925:

    Passengers at Gatwick Airport's North Terminal have been suffering on Tuesday morning. As well as grounded flights and the cancellation of the Gatwick Express train service, they say a power cut has resulted in the closure of toilets, coffee shops, restaurants and other facilities.

     
  240.  
    0926:

    Graziella Vella, a make-up artist from Kilburn in London, who is six months pregnant, is one of those people stuck at Gatwick. She said: "I am fuming and absolutely desperate - there has been no information at all and we can't make alternative plans. Upstairs there are 50 people queuing for the one toilet that is working."

     
  241.  
    0927:

    A Gatwick Airport spokesman said: "Due to the adverse weather overnight, Gatwick's North Terminal is currently experiencing significant power outages across some areas including check-in. This is causing delays to some departing flights. South Terminal is operating as normal. We are investigating the cause of this issue to ensure it is resolved as soon as possible and are also advising passengers to leave extra time for their travel today."

     
  242.  
    0927:

    The c2c train company said most services had resumed on Tuesday morning, with the company running an off-peak timetable. Buses had to replace coastbound trains from West Horndon, Laindon and Basildon stations in Essex because of flooding, while delays and cancellations were likely to continue at short notice.

     
  243.  
    0927:
    The river Frome in flood near Ilford Manor

    Ilford Manor sent us this photo of the river Frome in flood in Wiltshire

     
  244.  
    0928:

    Greater Anglia and First Great Western are among the train companies continuing to suffer delays, while London Midland services between Bedford and Bletchley have been suspended.

     
  245.  
    0930:

    Flooding at Potters Bar in Hertfordshire has led to disruption and diversions on First Capital Connect and East Coast services but Southern and Southeastern have started to operate some of their rail routes.

     
  246.  
    0931:

    A 40ft tree crashed through a truck parked in a pub car park in Walsall as storms wreaked more havoc across the Black Country overnight. Across the Black Country, high winds and heavy rain damaged property and forced road closures.

     
  247.  
    0932:

    West Midlands Fire Service tweets: A woman was led to safety from her car after getting stranded in 18" of standing water on Aqueduct Rd, Shirley.

     
  248.  
    James Morgan

    emails: My partner and I were all set to travel home from south west London early this morning to see family, at least that's what we thought, when we were woken by the sound of dripping in the middle of the night. The dripping turned into a steady flow of water which, without the aid numerous buckets, pots and pans would have flooded our flat. Turns out the storm has taken our roof!

     
  249.  
    0941:
    Flooding at West Horndon station

    We now have photos of the flooding at West Horndon station in Essex which we reported in our 09:27 GMT entry.

     
  250.  
    0946:

    The BBC's Jackie O'Brien reports that the bad weather has led to the cancellation of midnight mass services in churches throughout the southern Hebrides.

     
  251.  

    Heathrow Airport tweets: Weather conditions are improving here. We advise that you continue to check the status of your flight with your airline.

     
  252.  
    Kyle Fisher
    A fallen tree in Kyle Fisher's garden in Kent

    tweets: Neighbours tree down in our garden! Result means we get the sun past 4:30pm now!!! #UKStorm #kentstorm

     
  253.  
    0947:
    Floodwater rescue in Sturminster Newton Fire crews rescued drivers from their cars in Sturminster Newton

    Fire crews in Dorset rescued 25 people trapped in their cars by flood water after strong winds and torrential rain overnight. The fire service said it had received 240 emergency calls since 18:00 GMT on Monday, all weather-related.

     
  254.  
    1010:

    Update from Kent where the QEII bridge at Dartford has now reopened but the Sheppey Crossing remains closed until further notice. There is flooding on the clockwise carriageway of the M25 at junction three but the M20 has reopened after an earlier crash.

     
  255.  
    1011:
    Highways Agency National Traffic Control Centre

    BBC WM reporter Kath Stanczyszn has been at the Highways Agency National Traffic Control Centre in the West Midlands. They are expecting 50mph winds this morning and are warning people driving high-sided vehicles to take extra care.

     
  256.  
    1011:

    Roland Locke, of Brockham Village in Surrey, said he was woken up at about 05:00 GMT by the sound of water rushing through his back door cat flap. He added: "The water was already six inches deep and has continued to rise for the last hour. We have about eight to nine inches now."

     
  257.  
    1012:

    London Victoria tweets: "A limited (stopping) service has resumed between @Gatwick_Airport and @NetworkRailVIC (@SouthernRailUK @GatwickExpress @nationalrailenq)"

     
  258.  
    1013:
    Eros globe deflated

    Strong winds caused the Eros Globe Christmas attraction in London to deflate overnight.

     
  259.  
    1013:
    Fire crews in Usk, Monmouthshire work to clear a flooded street

    Fire crews in Usk, Monmouthshire worked to clear a flooded street overnight.

     
  260.  
    1013:

    Train passenger Steven Rowe has been telling the BBC News Channel about the train he was on from London Paddington to Plymouth which was stuck at Taunton station for six hours overnight. He said: "It was a nightmare really. We were given free food but everyone was pretty angry and exhausted."

     
  261.  
    Sabrina

    tweets: Driving in to work today, had a double take as a trampoline had found its way, bent in half, at the top of a tree #UKStorm #take2

     
  262.  
    Niki Davies

    tweets: Christmas shopping in Norwich and thanks to #UKStorm the place is deserted :) #feelingfestive

     
  263.  
    1020:
    Gatwick Airport

    Passenger Daniel Cawthorne took this photo of the scenes at Gatwick Airport, which we mentioned earlier.

     
  264.  
    1024:
    Lawson playing at Gatwick Airport

    There was some cheer for stranded passengers at Gatwick Airport when pop group Lawson played an impromptu Christmas concert.

     
  265.  
    1027:

    Southern Electric Power Distribution reports that at 09:30 GMT, around 90,000 homes are now without power in its area. Of those, 26,000 are in the rural areas around Petersfield and 21,000 around Aldershot and engineers have started repairs.

     
  266.  
    1028:

    It is not only the UK which is suffering from the bad weather. The storm, named 'Dirk' in Europe, has hit north-west France where 240,000 people are without electricity. Winds of 80mph have been reported in Brittany.

     
  267.  
    1045:

    Update from the BBC Weather Centre: "The main focus now is an area of low pressure to the north west of the UK where there are amber weather warnings in place. Winds of 80-90mph are expected in the extreme north west of Scotland with snow on some mountains."

     
  268.  
    1045:

    Some good news from BBC Weather: "Christmas Day will be a quieter day and although there will be quite a windy spell in Scotland and some showers in the south, there will be generally a good deal of fine weather in-between."

     
  269.  
    1046:

    For a round-up of the latest photographs of weather-related damage and problems, take a look at our new picture gallery.

     
  270.  
    1046:

    BBC London Travel tweets: "A20 Sidcup Bypass is now fully open after all the floodwater was sucked away!"

     
  271.  
    1046:

    Good news if you are travelling on East Coast Trains today. They are running to their published timetable and have relaxed all ticket restrictions "to help customers get home for Christmas". However travellers are still advised to check before setting out on their journeys.

     
  272.  
    1047:
    A mini stuck in flood water in Maidstone, Kent

    This Mini got stuck in flood water in Maidstone in Kent during the night.

     
  273.  
    1047:
    The river Avon in Bath

    Jason Winstanley sent this photo of the Pulteney Weir in Bath this morning, completely submerged by the swollen River Avon.

     
  274.  
    1054:

    Network Rail says the the storm damage in southern England has been greater than that of the 'St Jude's Storm' in October.

     
  275.  
    1054: Breaking News

    Latest reports from the Energy Networks Association say that around 150,000 homes are without power, mainly in the south of England - with Kent, Surrey and Sussex the worst-affected areas.

     
  276.  
    1101:
    Morrisons car park in Reigate under floodwater

    Sean Skinner took this picture of the flooded car park at Morrisons, Reigate

     
  277.  
    1101:

    The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company will operate an "exceptionally unusual" Christmas Day sailing as storms continue to disrupt ferry services. A spokesman said: "I don't think it has happened since the late 1970s but we want to get people home for Christmas."

     
  278.  
    Claire Merryweather, Farnham, Surrey

    emails: Perhaps we should be saying thank you to the engineers who are also not having the Christmas they expected, spending Christmas Eve repairing the networks

     
  279.  
    1102:
    Airfield in Redhill
    Airfield in Redhill

    A BBC News helicopter has taken these pictures of light aircraft sitting in flood water at an airfield in Redhill in Surrey.

     
  280.  
    EKS, Dunoon, Argyll

    emails: Western Ferries are astounding; have to be seen to be believed. The waves are right over the top while they battle to keep our little peninsula in touch. Weather heroes

     
  281.  
    1103:

    This woman returned to her car parked on the banks of the River Avon at Batheaston, near Bath, only to find it partially submerged by flood water.

     
  282.  
    Paul Rees, Newquay

    emails: Cornwall has calmed down, trees are down, power lines closing roads and floodwater still in a lot of places. One positive is that the surfs up!

     
  283.  

    London Victoria tweets: The @GatwickExpress from @NetworkRailVIC to @Gatwick_Airport is suspended until 15:15. @SouthernRailUK services are running

     
  284.  
    1107:

    The Environment Agency Midlands tweets: We are putting up removable flood defences in Frankwell, Shrewsbury #Shropshire in response to rising levels of the River Severn.

     
  285.  
    Ben Cons

    emails: We still have no water supply. There was a power failure at a pumping station in Hayward's Heath. We woke up with no water. I spoke to SE water. They don't know when it's going to be fixed. We've not had power supply problems at home. We're running on bottled water. A lot of trees have come down in our area. There's a lot of surface water, coming off fields across roads. There is extensive flooding. I'm meant to be driving to north Yorkshire to see relatives. We're thinking of not going. Normally it takes six hours so we're thinking about staying in instead.

     
  286.  
    1127:
    Passengers waiting at Gatwick Airport

    Several thousand passengers have been stranded at Gatwick Airport, which is suffering "sporadic power problems", following the overnight storms.

     
  287.  
    1130:

    Prime Minister David Cameron tweets: I'm across plans to get electricity to many without power. My thoughts are with them and those facing travel problems this Christmas Eve

     
  288.  
    1136:

    Things are improving for train travellers as Network Rail's managing director of network operations Robin Gisby told the BBC News Channel. "Things are beginning to go but it's going to be an hour or two before we really crank up the service. We have found all the trees but still have landslips and flooding in some places."

     
  289.  
    1139:

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have warned drivers not to take a gamble with flood water. Area Manager Phil Martin said: "Your car can float in as little as 30cm of water and it takes much less than that to knock someone off their feet. Flood water can cause significant and expensive damage to your car but it can also cost the lives of you and the people with you."

     
  290.  
    1139:

    More from Network Rail's Robin Gisby: "Our advice is to look at the websites and get to the station as quickly as you can. Don't leave it until the last thing as there is a further storm coming in this evening. All we want to do now is get everybody where they want to be by the end of Christmas Eve."

     
  291.  
    1142:

    Sheila Brunton-Shiels, who lives in sheltered housing in Cowden, Kent, said she and about 200 of her neighbours had been without power since 03:00 GMT. "We have no gas and there are lots of old people and people with children. It's a bit of a horrible time. People are staying indoors and huddled up because it's freezing," she said.

     
  292.  
    1143:

    Roy Aimes from Emsworth in Hampshire told the BBC that flood water had come "within a cat's whisker" of entering his home. He had to run a pump continuously to keep the water at bay and added: "Now the water is beginning to recede and the pump is getting on top of it."

     
  293.  

    Southern Rail UK tweets: Power off all lines in the Croydon area, Victoria to East Croydon shuttles will now run to and from Crystal Palace instead

     
  294.  
    1152:

    Peter Baird of Barton Stacey in Hampshire has been without power since Monday afternoon. He said: "We are beginning to get a little bit worried about the food in the freezer. But we got some candles and my wife and I were playing cribbage by candlelight."

     
  295.  
    1152:
    Fallen tree in Coulsden, Surrey

    We have just received this photo of a fallen tree blocking a road in Coulsden in Surrey.

     
  296.  
    1153:

    London Victoria tweets: Due to a fire in the Croydon area all services are currently suspended on @SouthernRailUK routes from @NetworkRailVIC

     
  297.  
    1157:

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service's Phil Martin also reminded drivers that while they save life in emergencies, they do not recover vehicles stranded in flood water afterwards. Overnight they rescued 26 people from 16 cars at separate incidents across the two counties.

     
  298.  
    1157:
    Flooding at the Burford Bridge Hotel, Mickleham

    Jess Greaves is in Mickleham near Dorking in Surrey and witnessed a rescue operation taking place to help people stranded in the Burford Bridge Hotel

     
  299.  
    1158:

    In the Bridport, Lyme Regis and Beaminster areas, police have attended 21 reports of trees down blocking roads or causing hazards to drivers, four road accidents where the weather conditions were an aggravating factor, six reports of flooded roads and seven incidents of live electrical wires brought down.

     
  300.  
    1200:

    A body has been discovered in a stream in Horton, Telford, Shropshire. West Mercia Police are treating the death as unexplained and a spokesman said it was not yet known whether or the not the death was related to the stormy weather conditions.

     

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