Storm Franklin UK latest: Britain blasted by strong winds & heavy rain sparking flooding and travel chaos

THE UK is currently battling against strong winds and the UK's weather situation looks set to become a lot worse.

The UK will be covered by a yellow weather warning today between midday and 3pm on Monday following Storm Eunice.

Winds are likely to strengthen across England and Wales ahead of a band of rain, which itself will turn increasingly squally.

Gusts of 55-60 mph are expected widely around south and west facing coasts, some of which may be more vulnerable than usual in the aftermath of Storm Eunice.

The news comes as a massive clean-up has begun today after Storm Eunice brought widespread damage, disruption and record-breaking 122mph gusts of wind to the UK – leading to the deaths of at least four people.

The treacherous conditions led to travel chaos, flight cancellations, power cuts and police forces being inundated with calls.

Train networks were plagued by flying debris – and there was extensive damage to buildings and homes with the roof of the O2 ripped off.

Read our weather live blog for the latest on Storm Eunice…

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    Man killed by flying debris in Liverpool

    A man has been killed in Liverpool when a car in which he was travelling was hit by flying debris during Storm Eunice on Friday, police said.

    “Paramedics attended at the scene but the man, who is in his 50s, was sadly pronounced dead,” Merseyside Police said.

    “The male driver of the vehicle was not injured.”

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    Tonight's weather

    Tonight will start largely clear and dry, with just a few showers to the far east of England.

    Through the night, cloud is expected to gradually build in from the west, with a few spells of rain in the west and the north.

    However, a band of heavy rain will move into northwestern areas towards dawn.

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    Up to 14 inches of snow could fall in the north this week

    WX Charts predicts up to 34cm (14 inches) of snow later in the week in the north.

    Another Met Office forecaster said told Brits across the country should prepare for the gloomy weather.

    He said: “Monday has early snow crossing northern areas and gales.

    "Tuesday to Thursday will be often windy, with a mix of rain, sleet and snow showers on Thursday.

    “Gales or severe gales will be possible almost anywhere through the period to March 5, and especially in the North.

    “The first half of March is likely to be a continuation of changeable conditions, with winds remaining strong across the North and southern areas less windy.”

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    Energy Secretary says extreme weather could become a UK climate feature

    Extreme weather, like the storms that have lashed the UK, "could" become a feature of the country's climate, a minister has said.

    Three storms have battered the nation over the past week, including Storm Eunice which left 1.4 million households without electricity – some for up to 72 hours, with just under 30,000 still without power.

    The Environment Agency has urged communities in parts of the West Midlands and the north of England, especially those along River Severn, to be prepared for significant flooding until Wednesday following high rainfall from Storm Franklin.

    It issued hundreds of flood warning across the UK, as well as two rare "severe" warnings for the River Severn at the Wharfage, Ironbridge and Wribbenhall, Bewdley, where rising water levels pose a "significant risk to life", with some residents asked to consider evacuating their homes.

    Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, speaking in the Commons on Monday, said "four people have tragically lost their lives in incidents related to storms".

    He went on: "Some people, particularly in the south and east of England, have been without power for more than 72 hours.

    "I want to reassure them that we have dedicated teams of engineers working night and day to get them reconnected as soon as possible.

    "Continuing poor weather conditions have hampered those efforts but I'm pleased to say that as of now, over 98% of those affected by storms, over 1.4 million customers have had their power restored so far, their supply restored.

    "However as of four o'clock today, there are still just under 30,000 households who are without power."

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    Ongoing impact on rail services across UK today

    South Western Railway said Network Rail had cleared more than 50 trees from its network since Friday.

    However the operator said more heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday night caused "even more trees to block the lines and further damage to stations and infrastructure".

    In the capital, where wind gusts are up to around 40mph, London Overground services were cancelled or reduced.

    Last week marked the first time three named storms have been recorded within seven days since the storm-naming system began in 2015, with Dudley, Eunice and Franklin.

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    Weather outlook for Wednesday to Friday

    Windy on Wednesday and Thursday with rain moving southeast followed by blustery wintry showers, especially in the north.

    Friday fine with some sunshine and lighter winds.

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    UK weather outlook for Wednesday and Thursday

    On Wednesday, Scotland will have persistent rain with strong winds, but northern Scotland will see wintry showers later in the day.

    Elsewhere will be mostly cloudy and dry, with a few spots of light rain in places.

    Thursday will continue to be unsettled with variable cloud and wintry showers.

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    The O2 ‘could be closed for MONTHS’

    THE O2 could be closed for months as gigs at the venue are postponed after Storm Eunice ripped its domed roof to shreds.

    The tempest has wrought devastation around the country today with record 122mph winds.

    Around 1,000 people were evacuated from the arena in London as firefighters rushed to reports the roof had partially collapsed.

    Employees now say the venue, which houses dozens of bars and restaurants, a shopping centre and a massive live music venue, could be closed for months while repairs are made.

    One told the Mirror the roof over the shops “was whipped off” with a “huge whooshing sound”.

    Another said they understood at least part of the building will be shut for weeks to come.

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    Tonight’s weather

    Tonight will start largely clear and dry, with just a few showers to the far east of England.

    Through the night, cloud is expected to gradually build in from the west, with a few spells of rain in the west and the north.

    However, a band of heavy rain will move into northwestern areas towards dawn.

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    Tributes to council worker dad, 59, killed in Storm Eunice

    TRIBUTES have been paid to a council worker who was killed during Storm Eunice after he was struck by a tree.

    Billy Kinsella, 59, was clearing debris from a road near his home in Co Wexford, Ireland, when he was tragically killed.

    The father-of-one, an employee of Wexford County Council, had been helping at the scene of another fallen tree in Ballythomas when he was fatally injured.

    Sinn Fein councillor Fionntan O Suilleabhain, who lives close to Mr Kinsella and grew up with his family, paid tribute to the “quiet family man”.

    He said: “People in the area are devastated. It is such a tragedy for his wife Rita and their only child Conor.

    “Billy died in the line of duty while out doing council work and attending the scene of a fallen tree.

    “He died round the corner from where we both live and he died in a manner that makes it most tragic.

    “He comes from a well-respected family and a very hard-working family. He was a quiet family man who was devoted to his son, who he brought to sporting events all over.

    “Conor plays for the under-20s Wexford team and would be heavily involved in GAA, like Billy’s father was before him.

    “People are very shocked.”

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    Know your flood codes

    It is important you know what the flood codes mean, regardless of the fact that Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin are starting to die down.

    Here, the Met Office has broken them down:

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    Storm Franklin hammers through parts of the UK

    Storm Franklin has hammered parts of the UK with strong winds and heavy rain.

    The highest wind gust speeds on Monday morning reached 79mph in Capel Curig in Wales, and 78mph in Orlock Head, Northern Ireland. On Sunday night, 87mph was recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight.

    Storm Franklin is the third named storm in a week – following Dudley and Eunice – the first time this has happened since the storm-naming system was introduced in 2015.

    Over 33,000 homes are still waiting to be reconnected to power supplies following the earlier storms.

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    Family left without power for days

    Thousands of families across the UK remained without power on Monday, days after Storm Eunice's gale-force winds toppled power lines and cut off their supply.

    In the village of Oldbury, in Kent's Ightham, multiple households have been without electricity since Friday when high winds knocked over seven trees, which pulled down power lines.

    The fallen trees are in the garden of David Thomas, 56, who said he, his wife and children heard an "enormous crash" at around 11am on Friday.

    Energy crews in high-visibility jackets were working in Mr Thomas's garden to cut up the uprooted trees and hoist the wires back up to reconnect them to the network. They expected power to be restored by the evening.

    Mr Thomas said: "We always knew that, once they arrived, it would take two days."

    He said it was "a little bit frustrating" but "understandable" that the power company had prioritised getting the hundreds of houses in the village up and running before tackling their "isolated problem".

    He was glad the trees had not fallen towards the house.

    "The power going out was awful for everybody but it's better than the house being wrecked," he said.

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    Explained: Is it safe to drive today?

    Road safety experts have urged motorists to check weather updates in their local region before starting their journey.

    The Met Office still has yellow warnings in place across the UK, mainly in the Midlands and north of England.

    If weather conditions are extremely poor, don't start your journey.

    Flooding can block roads or cause risk of aquaplaning – where you lose control of your vehicle.

    Trying to drive through deep flood water could damage your car and kill the engine, leaving you stranded on the road.

    Stopping distances must also be increased in wet conditions so make sure to allow enough space if you need to suddenly brake.

    Driving in strong winds can also be very dangerous and may force your motor in a different direction. You should always be wary of debris on the road, allowing yourself enough time to drive around it.

    Drivers in rural areas should be particularly cautious of cross-winds which could blow them off course.

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    National Accident Helpline for Storm Franklin

    Jonathan White the Legal and Compliance Director at National Accident Helpline, has urged people to stay alert and offered tips on how to stay safe on UK roads. 

    White said: “As the UK braces itself for its third storm in a week, the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning.

    “We’re urging people to take extra care and continue to prepare for flooding – especially in the north of England.

    “Strong winds can make it difficult to control your vehicle and vulnerable vehicles such as motorbikes, caravans and high-sided vehicles could be at risk of being blown over. Make sure to stay alert when driving on high open roads, viaducts and particularly bridges, which may see possible closures.

    “Follow any guidance provided by the authorities, pay attention to any warnings or signs – particularly on the motorway, in coastal areas and swollen rivers.”

    For more information about National Accident Helpline, please visit: https://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/

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    Manchester airport saw arriving flights diverted

    Manchester Airport suffered major disruption today, with arriving flights diverted to London Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham, East Midlands, Newcastle and Dublin airports because they were unable to land in the North West. 

    National Rail has warned anyone making essential journeys once services resume today to expect 'major disruption' to routes 'across most of Great Britain' – including cancellations, delays and slower speeds onboard.

    National Rail said there will be a reduced timetable for today, alternative travel unavailable and further disruption expected.

    This morning, Transport for London said the London Overground was suspended between Stratford and Richmond, Stratford and Clapham Junction, Romford and Upminster, and Sydenham and West Croydon due to storm-related damage.

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    'Severe flood warnings' remain in place in Manchester

    Two 'severe flood warnings' remain in place in Greater Manchester this morning as Storm Franklin continues to batter the UK.

    The 'danger to life' warnings are in place for the River Mersey at East Didsbury and the River Mersey at West Didsbury and Northenden.

    Residents living near those areas have been told to 'act now' and evacuate if told to do so.

    Councillors said 430 homes were at risk of flooding as rest centre was set up at Didsbury Mosque.

    The Environment Agency also issued several other flood alerts and flood warnings across Greater Manchester – including at the River Roch, Upper River Irwell, River Glaze and River Bollin.

    Residents living in areas covered by the warnings are being urged to 'act now' but are not currently at risk of evacuation.

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    UK weather outlook for Wednesday and Thursday

    On Wednesday, Scotland will have persistent rain with strong winds, but northern Scotland will see wintry showers later in the day. Elsewhere will be mostly cloudy and dry, with a few spots of light rain in places.

    Thursday will continue to be unsettled with variable cloud and wintry showers.

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    Tomorrow's weather forecast (Tuesday)

    Tomorrow morning, a band of rain will progress south-eastwards across the UK, but becoming lighter and patchier as it does so.

    The band of rain will clear away by the afternoon, leaving behind sunshine for most, but showers in the north-west, these falling wintry on the higher ground.

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    Tonight's weather

    Tonight will start largely clear and dry, with just a few showers to the far east of England.

    Through the night, cloud is expected to gradually build in from the west, with a few spells of rain in the west and the north.

    However, a band of heavy rain will move into northwestern areas towards dawn.

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    Eerie female face pictured during Storm Eunice

    THE eerie female face of Storm Eunice was captured in waves that battered a beach during gale force winds.

    Weather fanatic Thomas Harper braved the killer storm when he tried to snap giant waves on Friday (Feb 18) afternoon.

    He was on Porthcurno Beach near Land’s End at 5pm as the storm eased.

    Female face of Storm EuniceCredit: Thomas Harper / wallsofwater.uk / TNG
    Weather fanatic Thomas Harper braved the killer storm on Friday (Feb 18)Credit: Thomas Harper / wallsofwater.uk / TNG
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    How windy will Storm Franklin be?

    After the strong winds of Storm Eunice, this week should be calmer.

    Storm Franklin is unlikely to reach the gusts of 122mph that Storm Eunice did but will still be windy.

    The highest winds will be over Northern Ireland and the coasts of northwest England and southwest Scotland.

    Winds speeds of 75mph are set to be the highest and have mainly taken place overnight on Sunday.

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    Explained: How long will Storm Franklin last?

    The storm hit on Sunday, February 20, 2022, bringing with it heavy rainfall.

    The warnings for Storm Franklin are in place until 1pm on Monday, February 21.

    These are Yellow Warnings for wind as much of the heavy rain fell over the weekend.

    The Met Office believes that the rain should ease over the week but could bring some snow.

    Storm Franklin is set to calm down Monday afternoon although the weather will still be rainy and windy for the rest of the week.

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    Conditions set to ease

    Meteorologist Craig Snell told Sun Online conditions will finally ease next week.

    "It'll be blustery as we go through the week, but everything looks a little bit more typical for this time of year," he said.

    "It'll be windy, but at the moment, there aren't any warnings past Monday, and we're certainly not looking at naming more storms in the days to come.

    "After we get rid of Franklin, it'll still be windy, but hopefully not on the same scale as the past few days.

    "It's certainly been very, very unsettled recently.

    "This has been a very notable spread of weather."

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    Pictured: Chaos as Storm Franklin batters through Britain

    The latest weather misery comes after ferocious Storm Eunice killed four people and plunged 1.3m homes into darkness on Friday, and Storm Dudley wrecked homes and cars last week.

    It's the first time since significant storms were given names back in 2015 that three have followed in such a short space of time.

    Intense downpours have already caused dangerous flooding in some parts overnight.

    Rail company Northern says the line at Rotherham is completely underwater today – and no replacement bus service is availableCredit: Twitter/@northernassist
    Rivers burst their banks in Scotland flooding houses and carsCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk
    Storm Franklin has battered the country todayCredit: PA

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