Storm Eleanor: power cuts and 100mph gusts – live updates | UK news

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Storm Eleanor: power cuts and 100mph gusts – live updates | UK news
Storm Eleanor: power cuts and 100mph gusts – live updates | UK news


Widespread disruption is expected on Wednesday after the storm swept across the country overnight, carrying heavy rain, hail and thunder and lightning.

Several bridges were closed due to high winds and there were numerous reports of fallen trees blocking roads including the M25.

Overturned vehicles forced closures on the A1M, M6 and M5, where a recovery operation was under way to clear up the contents of a lorry left spilled on the road.

An object in the overhead lines between London Paddington and Hayes reduced the number of trains leaving the station, while power outages halted rail services between Letchworth Garden City and Cambridge.

The Severn River Crossing and the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk were closed in the early hours due to strong winds.

Highways England said there was a possibility that the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge would have to close and the east tunnel of the Dartford Crossing had been shut in case it had to take diverted traffic.

Police forces in Cumbria, Suffolk, Norfolk and Humberside were among those to issue warnings that downed trees had blocked routes.

Isle of Man police said infrastructure staff worked through the night to remove trees from the roads, while there were multiple reports of roofs coming off buildings, flooding and mud debris.

The States of Jersey police said many roads remain closed due to fallen trees, stormy weather and high waves.

In Cheshire, the RSPCA was called to a road in Poynton where a swan had taken up residence in a puddle, blocking traffic.



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