Homes damaged, bridges close and fallen trees cause chaos as 65mph winds batter Britain

Ferocious winds have caused chaos across the UK, with homes damaged, roads and rail lines closed, power cuts and businesses forced to shut as forecasters warn of a second day of storms.

Last night firefighters were called to a partially collapsed house last night as heavy wind and rain caused chaos across the UK.

Bricks were strewn across the street in Manchester, with crews forced to close the road off amid fears of falling debris.

The Severn Bridge, which links England and Wales, was forced to shut as dangerous gusts swept across the country, while train companies this morning warned that services would be disrupted.

Fallen trees have caused chaos on roads and rail – while power cuts were reported in some parts of the country.

Pubs shut early yesterday as their beer gardens – the only area where customers can currently be served under Covid restrictions – were battered by heavy rain.

The Severn Bridge was shut last night due to dangerous driving conditions
The Severn Bridge was shut last night due to dangerous driving conditions

The Hop Pole in Willerby, Hull, wrote yesterday on Facebook

: “Even with the gazebo up, our tables are soaking and the rain looks like it’s not giving up.

“We thank all guests for coming to see us today even in the conditions. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

The Severn Bridge, between South Gloucestershire in England and Monmouthshire, was last night closed because of huge gusts.

A report by traffic-watch website Inrix said: “M48 Severn Bridge in both directions closed due to strong winds between J2 A466 Wye Valley Link Road (Chepstow) and J1 A403 (Aust).

“The bridge is now fully closed due to an increase in wind speeds. Diversion – traffic to use the M4 Prince of Wales bridge.”

Thames Valley Police shared a picture of a blocked road due to a wind damage

Last night police forces across the UK issued warnings about hazardous driving conditions.

Alongside a picture of a fallen tree, Thames Valley Police said: “Poor driving conditions out there tonight & some trees down in West Berkshire like this one in Mans Hill, Burghfield. The road there has now been cleared.”

A number of power cuts have been recorded in areas of the county including in areas of West Berkshire.

In Essex speed a 40mph speed limit was put in place on the Orwell Bridge over the A14, Essex Live writes, with Highways England tweeting: “Wind speeds will pick up this evening, we will be keeping the bridge open but under a reduced 40mph speed limit from around 18:30 tonight to midnight. Please ensure you drive to the speed limits.”

Weather warnings remain in place this morning as parts of the UK are battered by heavy wind
Weather warnings remain in place this morning as parts of the UK are battered by heavy wind

People watch the waves in Porthcawl, Wales, yesterday
People watch the waves in Porthcawl, Wales, yesterday

Train services between Gravesend and Dartford had to be suspended last night due to fallen trees, operator Thameslink said.

And Southeastern Rail said its trains had been damaged overnight, posting: “Because of two of our High Speed train sets damaged by fallen trees last night, this mornings 06:52 Broadstairs to St Pancras via Faversham will be formed of 6 coaches instead of 12.”

Huge swathes of central and southern England as well as Wales remain in a weather warning zone for wind on Tuesday.

The Met Office says that the worst of the strong winds will continue into the morning as a yellow warning, first put in place on Monday at midday, will remain in force until 9am today.

Forecasters said people should expect travel chaos with delays likely on the roads, rail networks and air transport links, as well as on ferries and buses.

Gusts of up to 65mph are expected to hit some of the affected areas before the gales begin to subside by the afternoon.

Along with the windy weather there will be more heavy rain predicted to lash Britain, a day after relentless downpours struck on a washout Bank Holiday Monday.

A Met Office forecaster said: “As we head into Tuesday we will see the heavy, persistent rain clearing to the east but showers are following behind and it is going to remain windy.”

The showers are expected to be heavy at times together with some thunder, as well as sleet and snow in parts of Scotland.

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