Storm Franklin to strike UK as amber warning issued by Met Office
Homes have been evacuated and people have been warned not to travel as Storm Franklin hits the UK with 75mph winds.
It’s the third storm to strike in four days, causing more damage and disruption.
There has been severe flooding in Northern Ireland, and people in Manchester and Yorkshire have had too flee their homes. In Llandinam, Wales, seven people have been rescued by boat after their houses were inundated.
National Rail is advising travellers to check their routes before setting off, train operator Northern has temporarily cancelled all its services in the North West, and Southeastern railway and CrossCountry trains are “strongly” advising against travel.
Storm Franklin comes hot on the heels of Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice, which killed three people in the UK and left 1.4 million homes without power.
Tens of thousands are still without electricity – and it’s estimated Storm Eunice caused around £350 million worth of damage.
A yellow weather warning is in place across much of England, southwest Scotland and Northern Ireland until 1pm today – and the bad weather looks set to continue this week.
Winds to ease at lunchtime – but ‘it’s still pretty strong out there’
Winds will ease around lunchtime after peaking during rush-hour, according to the Met Office.
Senior meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said heavy showers lashing northern England and Northern Ireland will move south-eastwards.
But he warned: “It’s still pretty strong out there and it will continue to be strong over the next few hours.”
Storm Franklin’s highest gust of 87mph was recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight on Sunday evening.
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 10:24
M6 closed after lorry crashes into bridge and bursts into flames in high winds
Lancashire Police said the driver managed to escape with help from motorists and has been taken to hospital.
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 10:04
All Northern trains cancelled in North West
Train operator Northern has cancelled all its services in the North West amid Storm Franklin.
It said there would be no further trains until at least 10.30am.
“Do not attempt to travel, do not head to stations as there are no alternatives”, a post warned on Twitter.
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 09:43
Thousands without power as Storm Franklin hits Ireland
Nearly 30,000 homes and businesses are without power after Storm Franklin hit Ireland.
Parts of the country are still clearing up after Storm Eunice.
Deirdre Lowe, from Met Eireann, said: “It makes the impacts more risky. Structures have been weakened, tree roots have been weakened. There was a lot of fallen trees this morning.”
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Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 09:26
More travel chaos as Storm Franklin hits rail and road journeys
Storm Franklin has brought more travel disruption, with rail services cancelled and major roads closed.
Many train operators urged passengers not to travel as lines are blocked by fallen trees and flooding.
You can read the latest updates below.
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 08:58
Lorry bursts into flames amid high winds
A lorry has crashed and burst into flames amid high winds on the M6.
A post on the Lancs Road Police Twitter account said: “High winds caused this HGV to hit a bridge and burst into flames on M6.
“Driver luckily escaped from cab with help from other motorists and is being assessed at hospital.
“Long delays both N+S between J27/28.”
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 08:34
Firefighters rescue drivers stranded amid floods
Firefighters have rescued drivers stranded amid flooding in Yorkshire.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue reported saving a number of people from cars on the A61 at Harewood Bridge, with more reports of roads left impassable due to flash flooding across the region.
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 08:12
Northern Ireland amber warning ends
The amber warning for wind in Northern Ireland has come to end – but a yellow warning remains in place across much of England, southwest Scotland and Northern Ireland.
It will be in place until 1pm today.
Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 07:47
Storm Franklin: Passengers told to ‘avoid travel’ by train
Train operators have warned people to avoid travel if possible today amid gale-force winds and lashing rain.
National Rail has warned of “major disruption” to routes across most of Britain – including cancellations and delays.
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Laurie Churchman21 February 2022 07:22
Met office says strong winds easing, becoming drier today
In the latest weather forecast for Monday, the Met office has said the storm situation is likely to improve today.
“Showers or longer spells of rain and hill snow dying away through this morning becoming largely dry this afternoon with sunny spells. Strong and gusty winds affecting Northern Ireland, England and Wales easing this afternoon,” the officials said today.
They added that “cloud and outbreaks of rain and drizzle arriving in the west moving east to all areas by dawn”.
A band of heavy, perhaps squally rain reaching the northwest later, the forecast read.
Arpan Rai21 February 2022 06:48