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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Last updated 23 December 2013


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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