Preston weather warning upgraded as Storm Eleanor looms

Preston weather warning upgraded as Storm Eleanor looms

Cheryl Sanders
January 12, 2018

Winds of up to 50mph could disrupt travel and cause damage in Nottinghamshire as the remnants of Storm Eleanor blow through the county.

About 3,000 homes across Northern Ireland are still without power on Wednesday while 1,000 homes in England and 300 in Wales are without power as well.

A rescue helicopter braved ferocious winds to fly a stranded mum-to-be to hospital as she went into labour in Tywyn, Mid Wales.

A spokesman for police in Dumfries and Galloway said: "There were lots of trees down right from the word go on Tuesday night".

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There were numerous reports of fallen trees blocking roads, including the M25.

According to the Interior Ministry, the seriously injured include a man who fell off his roof, a woman who was hit by a block of cement, and a motorcyclist who crashed into a tree.

The collapse of a 30ft stretch of a harbour wall in Portreath, Cornwall, prompted the council to set up a respite centre for seafront residents if they wished to leave their homes.

Overturned vehicles forced closures on the A1M near Hatfield in Hertfordshire, the M6 near Lancaster and M5 near Worcester, where a recovery operation was required to clear up the contents of a lorry left spilled on the road.

Power failures also affected trains between Letchworth Garden City and Cambridge, whilst an object caught in overhead lines between London Paddington and Hayes means less trains are running.

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower was closed because of the strong winds.

Motorists are being warned to watch out for residual debris and standing water, and a weather warning remains in place.

Bookmaker Coral is giving odds-on at 10-11 that the wind speed reaches as high as 100mph in mainland United Kingdom this week, with the firm also offering odds of 3-1 for this month to end as the wettest January on record and 6-4 for it to be the coldest January ever in the UK.

The UK Met Office recorded gusts reaching 161km/h, as thousands of homes were without power. Winds were recorded as reaching up to 73 miles per hour in Northolt, northwest London.

Heavy winds led the airports in Strasbourg and Basel-Mulhouse on France's border with Germany and Switzerland to close after gusts of more than 110 kilometres per hour were recorded, France's civil aviation authority said, before they were reopened shortly after midday.

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