UK weather – live: Storm Ciara brings emergency landings, flood defence failures and travel disruption as 93mph winds pummel Britain

Storm Ciara live: Latest weather updates as flight forced to make emergency landing | The Independent


Sunday 9 February 2020 19:27

Follow the latest updates as extreme conditions bring disruption across country

Related video: The latest weather forecast from the Met Office

Trains, flights and ferries have been cancelled and severe weather warnings issued as Storm Ciara pummelled the UK with winds of up to 93mph.

At least 10 rail companies have issued “do not travel” warnings and nearly 20 others have told passengers to expect delays due to strong winds which could damage overhead electrical wires and produce debris on tracks.

Nearly 80 flood warnings are also in place across the UK as the Met Office warned of heavy rain on Sunday from the storm.

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Lifeboat crew dispatched to suspicious object off coast, find a seal

An RNLI lifeboat crew was sent into the waters near Margate after reports of a black object in the sea near North Foreland.


However after surveying the area the coastguard rescue team was able to discover, to their relief, that the alarm had been caused by a seal swimming through the high waves off the coast near Kingsgate Bay.

Nick Smith, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate Lifeboat said: “Given the atrocious weather conditions there was real concern this could have been a serious incident.

“Fortunately, it was a false alarm and we would like to thank those who called the coastguard, we are always prepared to investigate what could be a false alarm rather than assume as such and delay response to a genuine distress situation.

“If anyone sees anything suspicious at sea or on the coastline dial 999 and ask for coastguard.”

Cafe and guest house collapse in Scotland under high winds

Part of a cafe and guest house has collapsed into a river as Storm Ciara battered Scotland with high winds and heavy rain.

Police were called to Bridge House Guest House and Sonia’s Bistro in Hawick in the Borders at around 9.30am on Sunday to reports of structural damage.

Footage and pictures posted on social media showed a wall of the building collapsing into the fast-flowing River Teviot leaving the rooms inside exposed.

Storm Ciara sends huge cranes spinning around and bends them ‘like spaghetti’

Very strong winds from Storm Ciara have sent a huge crane at a building site spinning in the coastal town of Worthing, while another was left “bent over like spaghetti” in London.

Footage of the yellow crane in West Sussex showed the crane, located above a 141-home development on the seafront, rotating around in 41mph gusts.

Sussex Police said they received “a number of reports” about the crane but reassured the public there was no cause for concern.

For video footage check out Katie Ng’s report below: 


 Sinkhole opens up on residential street in Rochdale

A sinkhole has opened up on a residential street in Belfield, Rochdale, prompted by the deluge in the region.

The River Roch, which runs through the town, hasburst its banks in nearby Littleborough,  

Here is footage from resident Amanda Webster:

London’s Victoria station partially closed

Trains will not be operating from London’s Victoria station after the roof of the building was deemed unsafe.

The issue has caused major delays on the Southeastern line, according to Network Rail.

Train evacuated after colliding with tree in Kent

A Southeastern train is being evacuated after colliding with a tree near Swanley, Kent.

Network Rail for Kent and Sussex confirmed it was assisting the operator in evacuating travelers into a separate train.


Effects of Storm Ciara felt across Europe

It’s not just people in the UK who have seen adverse weather today as Storm Ciara has also caused problems for residents in mainland Europe.

In countries such as Belgium, Denmark and France, residents have seen heavy rain and strong winds which have caused flight cancellations and power cuts.

Fierce winds knocked out electricity in northern France and Paris authorities warned residents and tourists to stay indoors for their own safety.

Flights were also cancelled out of Copenhagen, Denmark, where meteorologists warned of possible hurricane-force winds coming later today.

Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, the Dutch football association called off all matches on Sunday in the top-flight league due to safety concerns, while Belgium’s top two football leagues also called off matches.

Workers cut a fallen tree in Denmark (Source: AP)

Thames Barrier set to close to protect London from flooding

The Thames Barrier is set to be closed tomorrow at approximately 10am to protect London from the possibility of tidal flooding brought on by Storm Ciara.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has just released a statement on Storm Ciara and expressed its “sympathies with anyone who has been flooded or experienced other problems due to severe weather”.


Flying trampolines have been terrorising trains and neighbourhoods across the country on Sunday, thanks to strong winds from Storm Ciara.

Some trainlines were reportedly delayed earlier due to trampolines being blown onto the tracks.

However, there is at least one way to stop the objects from flying away, as shown by Twitter user Simon Baker…

Police cordon off section of town centre after reports of falling debris

Police have cordoned off a part of Woking town centre after reports of debris falling from a building.

Members of the public have been asked by Surrey Police to avoid the area until the building is secured.

“We’ve cordoned off an area near Enterprise Place in Woking following reports of debris falling from a building due to the high wind this morning,” a spokesperson said.

“At this time nobody has been hurt but we request that members of the public avoid the area for the time being while we secure the building.

“If you live nearby, please stay indoors until we have made the area safe.”

Additional reporting by PA

‘Dangerous combination’ of storm conditions in Scotland

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) currently has 63 flood warnings in place, as of 4pm on Sunday, as authorities warned of “significant disruption” on Sunday from Storm Ciara.

Michael Matheson, the Scottish transport secretary, has said the country is expected to see a “prolonged period of adverse weather”.

“We’re also being told to expect snow and high winds throughout Monday and on Tuesday morning, so there is the potential for significant disruption on the trunk road network, as well as other modes of transport,” Mr Matheson added.

Meanwhile, Nigel Goody, Sepa duty flood manager, has described the storm as a “dangerous combination of high tides, high storm surge and high inshore waves across coastal areas.”

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BA flight forced to make emergency landing after fuel ‘runs close to reserves’

Our travel correspondent Simon Calder has been reporting this afternoon on a British Airways flight which made an emergency landing in Lyon due to Storm Ciara.

The plane is thought to have been running close to its fuel reserves due to an unexpectedly long flight caused by the adverse conditions.

You can read the full story below:

London Euston has now reopened following overcrowding earlier this afternoon.

MP ‘monitoring’ situation at River Nidd in Yorkshire

Earlier today, the Environment Agency issued a severe “danger to life” flood warning for the River Nidd at Pateley Bridge and Bewerley in North Yorkshire.

River levels are said to be rising rapidly due to heavy rainfall brought on by Storm Ciara and the Nidd is expected to break flood defences.

Julian Smith, the Conservative MP for Skipton & Ripon, is “monitoring the situation” and has sent his thanks to emergency services for their work.


And on top of all the disruption we just mentioned, London Euston is now closed as well due to overcrowding.

The station will operate exit only until it is safe to reopen it.

There has unfortunately been more rail disruption this afternoon as well, with a number of lines recommending travellers postpone their journeys today.

Here are some of the latest images from the chaos caused by Storm Ciara so far today.

Submerged cars and floating wheelie bins seen in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire (Source: AFP)
Fire station personnel help a motorist stranded in flood water in Blackpool (Source: EPA)
Waves crash against the lighthouse in Newhaven, East Sussex (Source: PA)
Flooded homes in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire (Source: AFP)


Flight landing at Gatwick ‘aborted three times’ due to storm

A passenger on a flight from Florida has said his plane’s landing at Gatwick Airport today was aborted three times before finally landing on its fourth attempt.

“I’ve never had anything quite like it. I admit I was scared,” Keith McDowall, a 90-year-old from Islington, London, told PA.

“It [the plane] was veering around and it kept shaking. The pilot did a very good job to land it.”

Missing surfer rescued from rough seas after losing board

A surfer has been rescued from rough seas after losing his board amid adverse conditions caused by Storm Ciara, according to PA.

Rescue teams from HM Coastguard and the RNLI were involved in a search for the missing man off the coast of Hastings, East Sussex.

Following a search involving the Coastguard helicopter, the man was found in Rye Bay and is conscious.

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