Uk Weather Travel Chaos And Homes Left Without Power As Gale Force Winds Hit Britain
Gale force winds ripped across the UK today, causing widespread travel turmoil and ripping electricity pylons out of the ground.
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for large swathes of the country over fears of treacherous wind, snow and ice.
The yellow alert is in place and warns of possible disruption to travel and power supplies.
So far the weather warnings affect mainly the north-west and Scotland – but the whole of the UK can expect treacherous conditions on Wednesday.
Motorists across the UK can expect poor driving conditions, with heavy rain and gale force winds of up to 75mph.
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Liverpool was hit hard over the weekend, with 65mph winds causing disruption on the city’s roads.
Meanwhile, power cuts left thousands of properties in the dark throughout the north-east this morning.
Northern Powergrid said there were 1,500 homes without power in the Washington area, while around 2,000 homes in Northumberland were cut off.
In Alnwick, 700 properties were without power, while a further 1,300 homes near Gateshead were also left in the dark as engineers battled against strong winds to re-connect people.
A spokesman for Northern Powergrid apologised for the inconvenience and said the properties in Washington were switched back on at 8.30am.
Gale: A screen grab of a real-time wind map of the UK at earth.nullschool.net. It is created using data from weather satellites
There was also a yellow weather warning over rain in the south-east.
A Met Office forecaster said: “A deepening area of low pressure is expected to track across the UK during Wednesday and into Thursday.
"To the south of this system, gales or severe gales are expected to develop. "Wind gusts of 50-60mph are likely quite widely through the warning area, whilst gusts of 75mph are likely around southern and western coasts and over exposed hills.
“The public should be aware of the risk of localised disruption to transport and possibly power supplies.”
Tonight a band of rain will continue to slowly clear south-east before lingering across south-eastern England for much of the night.
Elsewhere it will be colder with a mixture of clear spells and wintry showers. These will turn increasingly to snow across Scotland and Northern Ireland where some accumulations of snow are likely.
A breezy night, especially across western Scotland and the south-east of England.
Tomorrow, rain will clear from south-east England in the morning leaving a bright and breezy day with sunny spells and scattered wintry showers.
These showers will fall as snow in Scotland with accumulations of 5-10 cm above 300m and 2-5cm near the sea level possible. Further showers in north-west England and Wales.
There will be the risk of thunder in any of these showers. Elsewhere, it will be largely dry with sunny intervals. A colder and breezy day, especially near the coasts.