As it happened: Storm problems continue

Key points

  • Some 56,000 homes were without power across England and Wales after 100mph winds
  • Seventeen severe flood warnings were in place for Berkshire, Surrey, Somerset and Gloucestershire
  • The Met Office warned of further heavy rain and strong winds on Friday
  • David Cameron chaired the first meeting of a Cabinet committee on flood recovery, agreeing to conduct a series of reviews
  • Thirteen high-capacity pumps - brought over from the Netherlands - started being installed on the Somerset Levels
  • Councils were warned not to charge people for sandbags after it emerged that two had

Live text

Reporting:

  • Vanessa Barford 
  • Lyndsey Telford 
  • Lauren Turner 

Last updated 13 February 2014

STANDARD 06:00

Welcome to all the latest coverage of the UK's continuing severe weather. Tens of thousands of homes remain without power after hurricane-force winds battered the UK on Wednesday, with major travel disruption expected.

STANDARD 06:03

The Severn Bridge, which connects Aust, Gloucestershire with Chepstow, Monmouthshire, is closed because of strong winds. And roads including parts of the A22 Purley Road, Surrey, the A361 in Burrowbridge, on the Somerset Levels, and the A4094 in Cookham, Berkshire, are all closed because of flooding. See BBC Travel News for more closed roads.

STANDARD 06:09

The Daily Mirror warns of three "terror storms", saying two to the west of the British Isles will "sweep in to inflict further damage and misery".

Daily Mirror front page, 13/2/14

STANDARD 06:12

The Daily Telegraph features a sequence of photographs showing a woman being blown off her feet.

Daily Telegraph front page, 13/2/14

STANDARD 06:21

Rail services throughout the UK remain disrupted, with major problems between London Paddington and Reading.

STANDARD 06:25

Trains have been cancelled in parts of Yorkshire and north-east England. These include trains between Barnsley and Huddersfield, because of trees blocking the line.

SMS

Mark Bradshaw in East Ilsley, Berkshire

texts: We have had three power cuts in 12 hours. With a seven-week-old baby we are really worried that we can't heat or sterilise her bottles (we have no gas).

STANDARD 06:33

A train had to be hauled to Edinburgh after it got stranded on the North York moors last night. The train, which left London's King's Cross at 18:30 GMT, didn't get moving again until 00:45 GMT.

STANDARD 06:37

One passenger on the stranded train reported seeing "electric line here, there and everywhere". She said the weather had been "shocking".