Storm Doris claims one life and creates travel havoc across Britain

Published on : Friday, February 24, 2017

Storm DorisStorm Doris has battered Britain and caused travel chaos across the country. Commuters have been struggling to make their way home on the evening of the storm.


Aircraft were grounded and trains were delayed as gusts of almost 60mph hit the south east of England.


A woman has been killed after being struck by a piece of debris “the size of a coffee table” as high winds from Storm Doris battered the country.


The Met Office upgraded the storm to a “weather bomb”, this happens when a storm rapidly deepens in the space of 24 hours.


In Ireland almost 46,000 households were left without electricity after violent gusts battered large parts of the country overnight. Parts of Scotland have been warned to expect blizzard-like conditions.


Aer Lingus said it had cancelled flights between the UK and Ireland, while Heathrow advised customers to check flights before travelling.


Network Rail said 50mph limits were expected on services across the country.


Services from London Euston were suspended due to the storm, while King’s Cross and St Pancras were also at a complete standstill for a period.


While winds which caused trees and debris to fall on the line and overhead cables to come down caused cancellations and delays.


Storm Doris is expected to move on quickly, with the worst of the weather gone by Thursday evening.


While further Atlantic gusts will bring more rain and wind through the weekend and into next week, they are not expected to reach the heights of Doris.


Port of Liverpool had to shut along with the city’s waterfront as high winds hit the north-west after Doris made landfall in the UK on Thursday morning.


The Met Office has also issued a yellow severe weather warning for ice meaning it has the potential to cause danger to life or widespread disruptions. It covers Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north-east and north-west of England tomorrow.


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