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Live Reporting

By Claire Heald, Katie Wright and Mary O'Connor

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks and goodbye

    And that concludes our live coverage of Storm Ciara and its aftermath, for today.

    Tonight, further snow and strong winds are expected in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as yellow weather warnings are due to remain in place until 23:59 GMT tomorrow.

    Heavy snow showers and icy surfaces could lead to travel disruption in the north west of England, under a yellow weather warning in place until 23:59 GMT tomorrow.

    A quick recap if you missed today's updates:

    If you have been affected by Storm Ciara, here's our guide to your rights.

  2. In pictures: Storm Ciara

    Take a look at some of the latest photographs, as Storm Ciara gives way to snow and icy weather; as river levels remain high and flood warnings stay in place.

    A man walks through floodwater in York after the River Ouse burst its banks.
    Image caption: A man walks through floodwater in York after the River Ouse burst its banks.
    A lorry drives through seawater on the front at Blackpool.
    Image caption: A lorry drives through seawater on the front at Blackpool.
    Parts of Scotland have been blanketed in snow, as one reader's photo from Kingussie, in the Scottish Highlands, shows.
    Image caption: Parts of Scotland have been blanketed in snow, as one reader's photo from Kingussie, in the Scottish Highlands, shows.
    A tractor waits to clear debris on a road near Llanrwst in North Wales
    Image caption: A tractor waits to clear debris on a road near Llanrwst in North Wales.
    A lighthouse in Newhaven, East Sussex, is hit by waves.
    Image caption: A lighthouse in Newhaven, East Sussex, is hit by waves.
  3. Blizzards hit roads in Scotland

    Roads in Fife
    Image caption: Forecasters expect blizzard conditions to continue throughout Monday

    Many roads have been affected by the wintry conditions sweeping across Scotland in the wake of Storm Ciara.

    Forecasters have said snow and high winds would bring blizzards to many parts of Scotland throughout today and tomorrow.

    One woman has been seriously injured in a crash on the M74, near Larkhall. Police Scotland said her injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

    The adverse weather has also led to the closure of some schools in the Highland Council area.

    For more details and the latest weather forecast read our story.

  4. Storm damages energy-from-waste incinerator roof

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A energy-from-waste plant in Cornwall has been stopped from powering the National Grid after strong winds damaged the building's roof, bosses say.

    The operator of the plant at St Dennis, Suez, said very strong gusty winds from Storm Ciara caused some "minor damage to a section of the roof cladding at [the] Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre".

    Bosses said some "light roof insulation material was blown loose" and staff were inspecting and clearing any material in the surrounding area, but waste deliveries and plant operations were continuing.

    They added that, while it was "clearly regrettable, it did not pose a safety risk to members of the public or site personnel".

    St Dennis incinerator
    Quote Message: The turbine is operating normally. However, as a precautionary measure, electricity export to the National Grid has been temporarily suspended. The site will re-start exporting electricity as soon as it is safe to do so. We will carry out a comprehensive roof assessment, as soon as conditions allow safe access to it, to establish the extent of the damage, determine the cause and rectify it as soon as practically possible."
  5. Environment Agency: Dredging not always the right answer

    The Environment Agency has been explaining why dredging the rivers may not always be the answer to Cumbria's flood problems.

    Thousands of tonnes of gravel were dug out of the bed of the River Kent through Kendal after the Storm Desmond floods in 2015, and today some callers to BBC Radio Cumbria have called for similar action elsewhere in the county.

    Stuart Mounsey from the agency says that dredging may help speed water away, or simply let it though to flood somewhere downstream.

    Flooded Bitts Park in Carlisle
    Quote Message: In the right places, taking gravel out helps and it speeds up flow, in other places it's less helpful, because we want the river to actually flood out into the flood plain and slow down."
  6. Power restored to '98% of properties'

    UK Power Networks has given an update on its efforts to restore power to properties around the country following Storm Ciara.

    It says 98% of the 413,000 home and businesses affected have had their electricity restored.

    It says engineers are aiming to have power back to all properties by the end of today.

    View more on twitter
  7. BreakingEmergency weather funding activated by government

    A shipping container trapped under the Rastick Bridge in Brighouse
    Image caption: A shipping container trapped under the Rastick Bridge in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, which was badly affected by the storm

    The government's emergency Bellwin scheme for areas in the north of England affected by Storm Ciara has been activated.

    The scheme - activated for qualifying areas in West Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire - enables local authorities dealing with the storm to apply to have all of the eligible costs they incur, above a threshold, to be reimbursed by the government.

    Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick says: "We're working closely with local areas to support them in their recovery."

  8. Delays in completing flood defences 'unacceptable' says MP

    The MP for Calder Valley says the length of time it is taking to construct flood defences in the area is unacceptable.

    Flooding in Mytholmroyd

    Conservative MP Craig Whittaker spoke out after homes and businesses in Mytholmroyd were flooded for the third time in a decade.

    In the wake of the December 2015 floods, which left more than 2,700 homes and 4,400 businesses underwater, flood defences were promised by the then Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss.

    Speaking today Mr Whittaker said: "I know it was a complex job and I know it's a much bigger job than initially anticipated but this has been going on now for nearly four years, and this is a real problem for local people.

    "Had we not had the storm yesterday the Environment Agency would probably have got away with the length of time but four years is just unacceptable."

    The BBC has approached the Environment Agency for a comment.

  9. River levels rising in North Yorkshire

    The River Ouse flooding

    The River Ouse in York is continuing to rise after Storm Ciara brought strong winds and heavy rain to Yorkshire.

    The river level in the city is currently at 3.69 metres above its normal level. It's expected to continue to rise, peaking at 5.30am tomorrow at 4.42m.

    Flood barriers have been raised and there are currently three flood warnings in place.

  10. Met Office extends snow warnings

    Met Office weather warnings

    The Met Office has extended its weather warnings for today, issuing a new yellow warning for snow - covering mainly the East Midlands, West Midlands and east of England until 19:00 GMT.

    Yellow warnings for wind and snow are already in place for the entire day throughout Northern Ireland and most of Scotland.

    Parts of northern England have been warned to expect snow and ice from 15:00 GMT.

    And a warning for wind is in place for Cornwall and the south coast of England until 19:00 GMT.

  11. Cars trapped as heavy snow hits north Wales

    Snow in Trawsfynydd
    Image caption: Trawsfynydd is one of the places affected by heavy snow

    Heavy snow is causing problems in north Wales, where some cars have become trapped.

    North Wales Police say the wintry weather is making roads impassable in Gwynedd.

    Major and minor routes, including the A494, A4212 and A470, have all been affected, with council workers trying to clear them.

    Read our full story here.

  12. Pair rescued from flood waters

    Strong winds have lashed Newcastle, County Down

    Firefighters rescued two people who were trapped in car in flood water in Augher, County Tyrone, as Storm Ciara battered Northern Ireland.

    Crews pushed the car out of the water to safety during the rescue on the Lisnawery Road on Sunday morning.

    Firefighters also had to protect 15 houses from flooding in Enniskillen and they rescued 12 sheep from floods in Dromore, County Tyrone.

    A yellow weather warning for snow and ice remains in force.

    Read more here.

  13. In pictures: Clean-up in Mytholmroyd

    Local residents and businesses in Mytholmroyd are assessing the damage today after parts of the village were flooded during Storm Ciara.

    These are the latest pictures from the scene:

    Flooding in Mytholmroyd
    Flooding in Mytholmroyd
    Flooding in Mytholmroyd
    Flooding in Mytholmroyd
  14. 'We had no control, we were at the mercy of the waves'

    The World at One

    BBC Radio 4

    A little bit more now from Mark Tewkesbury, who was the commander of an RNLI lifeboat that almost capsized off the Hastings coast after rescuing a missing surfer on Sunday.

    He tells BBC Radio 4's World At One programme: "It was very difficult to maintain any sort of control in that sort of weather."

    Harnesses and seats with suspension allow the crew to "ride the waves" and "keep an element of control of the screens in front of us", he says.

    He describes how the boat was twisting at angles of more than 90 degrees as the crew battled to get it back into safe waters.

    "We had no control at that point, we were at the mercy of the waves," he says.

    Mr Tewkesbury adds the crew is entirely made up of volunteers: he works for a bank; another owns a bike shop; whilst another works on the London Underground.

    Asked why he gives up his spare time to volunteer, he says: "Because we live in a seaside town and it's nice to give something back to the community.

    "I've been here for 12 or 13 years now, I wouldn't still be here if I didn't [still enjoy it].

    "We will go out in any weather to ensure a casualty is safely recovered."

  15. Old Severn Bridge closed after lorry overturns in wind

    Overturned lorry on the bridge

    A lorry has blown over following "a sudden spike" in winds on the M48 old Severn Bridge.

    The crossing has been closed in both directions after the incident at about 11:45 GMT on the eastbound carriageway, Highways England said.

    Police said the lorry driver was still in the cab and was receiving treatment for minor head injuries.

    Read more here.

  16. What are my rights if my job or home is affected?

    Homes flooded in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire

    Storm Ciara has battered the UK, bringing widespread flooding and damage from severe winds. Blizzards and ice look set to follow in its aftermath.

    All of this is likely to leave residents and businesses counting the cost, and looking to insurers to help them get back on their feet soon.

    Cover and compensation can vary significantly depending on the level of impact and small print in policies, but other automatic protection may be in place.

    So if your home or business is flooded, what should you do?

  17. 'Ongoing project' to restore power

    Richard Daniel

    BBC Look East

    "The problem really in the east of England is loss of power.

    "UK Power Networks says yesterday, across the south east and east of England, 324,000 homes and businesses lost power during the peak of the storm.

    "Ninety-one percent of those have since been reconnected.

    "I am looking over a water meadow at the moment as staff in a cherry picker from UK Power Networks try to reconnect the village of Grundisburgh [in Suffolk], where about 120 properties are affected.

    "At the peak of the storm in Suffolk, 20,000 people were left without power. That's now down to about 3,200 in Norfolk, about 3,500 homes (in the region) still without power.

    "A number of schools in Suffolk have had to shut this morning.

    "I visited an old peoples' home near Sudbury this morning, where they have been without power for about 24 hours.

    "They had to bring residents into one room and keep them warm under blankets and keep them fed with takeaway food.

    "So it's an ongoing project here to get people reconnected and they hope to have most people back on hopefully by this evening."

  18. Businesses in waiting game to assess damage

    A Calderdale charity says it's a "waiting game" to find out how much damage has been caused from flooding.

    Stock at Calderdale Lighthouse

    Calderdale Lighthouse, in Halifax, which helps families in need, saw its unit flood as Storm Ciara swept across Yorkshire on Sunday.

    A spokesperson said it was "absolutely devastated" after a unit full of donations was hit.

    Stock at Calderdale Lighthouse

    Co-founder Emma Poyser-Buxton, who has been helping as part of the clean up, said: "It's just a waiting game. Hopefully we'll come back bigger and stronger.

    "Hopefully it doesn't keep us down for too long and we can get the help and support to the families that need it," she added.

    Water coming up through toilet
    Image caption: Water came up through the sewage system during the flooding
  19. 'People looking very frustrated' over travel problems

    James Shaw

    BBC Scotland reporter

    The core of the problem in Scotland, says James Shaw, from outside Glasgow Central Station, is that there are no West Coast services at all from there to points south of Carlisle, because of flooding at a viaduct in Cumbria.

    "So they have set up a queuing system here inside Central Station," he says.

    "Dozens of people are looking very frustrated and miserable as they wait for the buses to take them to all points south of Carlisle.

    "(There is) disruption elsewhere in Scotland - particularly for the ferries and for high-sided vehicles on bridges - and some flights cancelled at Glasgow airport.

    "And a guesthouse partially collapsed into the River Teviot in the town of Hawick in the Scottish Borders yesterday.

    "Luckily everyone had been evacuated from the building and there were no injuries."