UK weather: Rain and gales cause delays to transport

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Image caption A number of weather warnings remained in place on Thursday after strong winds overnight

Travellers faced disruption on Thursday morning after winds of up to 124mph battered the UK overnight.

There were delays to rail services as a result of falling trees, while flooding and snowfall saw roads closed in some areas.

Hundreds of homes in England and Wales were also left without power after winds brought down power lines.

The Met Office has yellow "be aware" severe weather warnings in place for many areas of the country on Thursday.

The Met Office reported winds of 124mph on Aonach Mor in the Highlands at 09:00 GMT.

Gusts of 101mph were recorded in Great Dunsell, Cumbria, at 01:00.

Other exposed areas also recorded speeds in excess of 70mph.

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Mark Wilson, forecaster with the Met Office, said: "It was a very windy night across much of the UK.

"Most of the bad weather will be in the next 24 hours.

"There will be gusts of 70-80mph in exposed areas and high ground. Those are very strong winds and people should be aware of the winds when out walking.

"It is not exceptional for exposed areas at this time of year, but it is still very windy and there will be possible disruption to transport and power supplies."

Among weather-related incidents:

  • In Wales, 700 homes were without power on Thursday morning after high winds brought down power cables overnight
  • Around 200 homes were without electricity after storms brought down powers lines on the Surrey/Hampshire border
  • There were a number of delays to rail services as a result of falling trees and flooding
  • Drivers were trapped overnight on the A9 in Scotland after a stretch of the road was hit by flood water, snow and ice
  • Many roads in the Highlands were closed due to snow and there was bad flooding on the A9 at Auchterarder
  • A man was rescued from his car in the early hours after becoming trapped by flood water on a country road between Newport and Cardiff
  • Flooding closed a number of main roads in Wales
  • In Kent, police implemented an emergency measure to back up freight lorries along the M20 in anticipation of severe weather and reduced capacity at the Port of Dover
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Image caption Horses were snowbound in Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales
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Image caption There was heavy snowfall in Claudy in Northern Ireland

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