Storm Barra: Flood warnings and transport chaos as Britain battered by heavy winds and heavy rain

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Storm Barra: Flood warnings and transport chaos as Britain battered by heavy winds and heavy rain

A yellow weather warning has been issued across London as Storm Barra hit parts of Britain and Ireland with high winds and torrential rain.

The Met Office had warned that, despite a dry start to the day, London and the south east of England would turn “very wet and windy” with gusts of up to 40mph.

Rain and very strong winds spread eastwards across the afternoon and into the evening.

Storm Barra has left at least 59,000 people without power in Ireland - and is now battering the UK with 80mph winds, rain and snow.

In Northern Ireland, another 7,500 homes and businesses have been disconnected from the grid, according to NI Electricity.

Parts of west and southern Ireland are on red alert, and there are yellow wind warnings in place across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Yellow snow warnings cover southern and western Scotland as well as northern England.

London Euston station has warned passengers to check their journeys before travelling and there have been timetable changes on the London North Eastern Railway.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for all parts of the UK as ice, wind, rain and snow is expected to cause major disruption to parts of the country.

The west of Ireland will receive the worst of the storm on Tuesday. Schools have been told to keep their doors closed as a rare red warning was given for Cork, Kerry and Clare.

Wind speeds of 97.5mph were recorded at the Fastnet Lighthouse off the Cork coast earlier this morning, with gusts of more than 80mph expected in parts of the country.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has urged people to stay well back from the water’s edge and to dial 999 for the coastguard in any coastal emergency.

The Environment Agency has issued three flood warnings for England’s south coast, as well as 35 flood alerts.

Snow is spread northwards across central and northern England into Scotland affecting areas north of the Central Belt of Scotland.

Two to five centimetres of snow is expected in many areas on higher ground, with 10 to 20cm likely in parts of the Southern Uplands and Highlands.

Strong winds will cause blizzards in areas with higher altitudes.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said Storm Barra’s wind gusts and impacts “will be a notch down compared to Arwen”, which led to widespread power cuts on November 26 – some of which have not yet been restored.

On Monday, some 1,600 households in the North East were still without electricity – 10 days after the storm.

Boris Johnson said he had spoken to the chief executive of Northern Powergrid and had been “assured they would be reconnected tomorrow at the latest”.

Later on Monday evening, the electricity supplier said it had reduced the number of homes and businesses affected to 700.

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