Storm Jocelyn LIVE: Travel chaos as 97mph winds hit UK and search begins at sea

Storm Jocelyn LIVE: Travel chaos as 97mph winds hit UK and search begins at sea

Snow and ice blanket UK cities as the cold blast continues to disrupt travel

Storm Jocelyn hits the UK with 97mph winds and travel chaos as an urgent search begins for a man at sea.

Rail services to and from Scotland have been suspended until at least noon today, with Network Rail in Scotland saying it dealt with incidents of flooding, fallen trees and a shed roof blown off a wall high above the track on Tuesday evening.

Avanti West Coast has also asked passengers not to travel north of Preston until at least noon on Wednesday.

This comes as the Coast Guard launched an urgent search operation on Tuesday evening after reports of a person at sea in Porthcawl, South Wales.

The alarm was raised just before 6pm, but after several hours of searching in treacherous conditions, the search was suspended in the early hours of Wednesday.

Rescue services said a decision on further action would be made at first light.

Yellow warnings have been issued for large parts of the UK, with wind warnings covering Scotland, northern England, Yorkshire and some parts of the Midlands.

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PHOTOS: Railroad workers grapple with fallen tree as trains are cancelled

Rail workers near Aigburth station in Liverpool were filmed this morning removing a tree that fell on the railway tracks overnight.

Storm Jocelyn caused travel chaos this morning with several train companies warning passengers not to travel.

Rail services to and from Scotland were suspended until at least noon on Wednesday, with Network Rail in Scotland saying it dealt with incidents including flooding, fallen trees and a shed roof blown off a wall high above the track.

They added that they would check the roads for damage at first light. “This will be done in several ways – teams on foot, in road and rail vehicles, freight sites and empty passenger trains. Our helicopter will also go out once the winds subside,” they said.

Avanti West Coast – which runs trains to Liverpool – has asked passengers not to attempt to travel north of Preston until at least noon on Wednesday and warned that journeys in northwest England could take longer due to speed restrictions.

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Athena StavrouJanuary 24, 2024 at 10:43

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Watch live: A view from the Scottish lighthouse as dramatic waves crash into the cliff

Scotland’s Shetland Islands are currently experiencing very strong winds as Storm Jocelyn brings stormy weather to the UK.

A view from cameras on Eshaness Lighthouse shows dramatic waves crashing into the cliffs as the Met Office warns: “There is a potential for injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.”

Athena StavrouJanuary 24, 2024 at 10:13

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Wind speeds reach 97 mph

Wind speeds have reached 97mph in some areas of the UK, as Storm Jocelyn continues to wreak havoc on Britain.

The Snowdonia town of Capel Currig took the brunt of the winds, with gusts in Aberdaron, Wales, also reaching dangerous speeds of 79mph.

In Shap, Cumbria, wind gusts of up to 77mph were recorded.

Athena StavrouJanuary 24, 2024 09:57

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What weather warnings are there today?

The Met Office issued weather warnings for large areas of the UK on Wednesday, as Storm Jocelyn continues to wreak havoc in the UK.

The yellow warning for northern Scotland expired this morning, but large parts of the UK are still affected by the yellow warning for wind.

Central and eastern Scotland, northern England, Yorkshire and some parts of the central regions will be affected by strong winds until 3pm this afternoon.

The Met Office warned of the possibility of power outages, damage to buildings and danger to life, as parts of the country experienced wind gusts of up to 97 miles per hour on Tuesday.

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Athena StavrouJanuary 24, 2024 09:16

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PHOTOS: Eerily quiet stations as trains canceled amid storm

Images from UK train stations show deserted platforms as rail companies are forced to cancel services amid stormy weather.

Rail services to and from Scotland have been suspended until at least noon today, with Network Rail in Scotland saying it dealt with incidents of flooding, fallen trees and a shed roof blown off a wall high above the track on Tuesday evening.

Avanti West Coast has also asked passengers not to travel north of Preston until at least noon on Wednesday.

Martin Thompson, national operations director for resilience at Transport for Scotland, said: “Across the wider network, we can expect to see further delays and cancellations with ferries, flights and rail until Wednesday morning.”

Empty platforms at Edinburgh Waverley train station

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A sign on a ticket machine at Edinburgh Waverley train station as rail services to and from Scotland have been suspended until at least noon on Wednesday.

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Empty concourse at Edinburgh Waverley train station

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Athena Stavrou24 January 2024 08:46

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Weather forecast today

As Britain wakes to another day of stormy weather, the Met Office forecast is looking a little more positive as the day goes on.

Here are the forecasters’ latest predictions for today:

today:

A day of sunshine and rain showers, although the south will be mainly dry. Winds are gradually weakening from the south as Storm Jocelyn moves away from the UK. It will turn cloudy from the southwest later with scattered light rain.

Tonight:

Light winds and clear skies, with the possibility of frost forming in the north and east. Cloud and scattered light rain is mostly moving north-east from south-west England.

Athena StavrouJanuary 24, 2024 08:17

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Searching for a man hanging in the water

The Coast Guard began a search on Tuesday evening after reports of a person at sea in Porthcawl, South Wales.

The alarm was raised just before 6pm, but after several hours of searching in treacherous conditions, the search was suspended in the early hours of Wednesday.

Rescue services said a decision on further action would be made at first light.

The Coastguard said rescue teams were from Porthcawl, Port Talbot, Llantwit Major and Llanchtevan. They were joined by an HM Coastguard helicopter from St Athan and RNLI all-weather lifeboats from Mumbles and Barry Dock.

Athena StavrouJanuary 24, 2024 07:49

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A family mourns the “beautiful little sister” who was killed by a tree in Storm Isha

Kate’s sister, Rachel, wrote an emotional tribute on Facebook, saying: “How would I live my life without my beautiful little sister?

“You were strong—not me. I never wanted you to leave me.”

Read the full story of Barney Davis here…

Stuti MishraJanuary 24, 2024 at 07:30

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Travel lag associated with fresh weather

Storm Jocelyn caused fresh travel disruption across much of the UK with wind speeds reaching 97mph.

Rail services to and from Scotland have been suspended until at least noon today, with Network Rail in Scotland saying it dealt with incidents of flooding, fallen trees and a shed roof blown off a wall high above the track on Tuesday evening.

Avanti West Coast has also asked passengers not to travel north of Preston until at least noon on Wednesday.

Martin Thompson, national operations director for resilience at Transport for Scotland, said: “Across the wider network, we can expect to see further delays and cancellations with ferries, flights and rail until Wednesday morning.”

On the roads, drivers also faced severe turbulence. The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at Dartford Crossing, the M48 Severn Bridge and the A66 in County Durham and Cumbria are closed due to high winds.

The M1 motorway was also closed in both directions to high-sided vehicles at Junction 34 heading towards Sheffield, according to Traffic England.

Air travel has not escaped the wrath of the stormy weather either, with eight flights canceled at Dublin Airport and four at Glasgow Airport on Tuesday evening.

A garden shed on the line at Belgrove station in Glasgow

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Athena StavrouJanuary 24, 2024 07:20

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Storm Jocelyn is bringing winds of 97mph to the UK

The UK recorded winds of 97mph this morning during Storm Jocelyn, much higher speeds than the Met Office had predicted.

The Met Office said the highest wind speed recorded in the UK was at Capel Currig in Wales, at 97mph, while other areas saw gusts of around 70mph.

Earlier, the forecaster predicted maximum sustained winds of 80 mph for Storm Jocelyn.

Stuti MishraJanuary 24, 2024 at 07:00

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