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Storm Ciaran in pictures: Flooded streets and huge waves as parts of England hit by high winds and driving rain | UK News

Amber warnings were in effect from Storm Ciaran, which brought hurricane-force winds and destroyed an 180-year-old cottage.

The storm, the second to hit the UK in the last month, has caused major disruption and flooding in the south of the country.

While weather warnings for the south of England have now expired, some yellow alerts from the Met Office are still in place throughout the rest of the week.

Pictures taken today showed the impact of Storm Ciaran on the worst-hit parts of the UK. In Newhaven, large waves were seen cresting near the top of a lighthouse, while gusts up to 63mph hit Sussex.

Meanwhile, the northeast of England also saw impacts with roads in Whitley Bay flooded.

Storm Ciaran latest: Hurricane-force winds

A fallen tree is seen during Storm Ciaran in Perros-Guirec, Brittany, France, November 2, 2023. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
The tree severely damaged the surrounding area

Flood water covers a field after the River Clyde overflowed in Clyst Saint Mary, near Exeter, as Storm Ciaran brings high winds and heavy rain along the south coast of England.
Flood water from the River Clyde covered a field in Clyst Saint Mary, near Exeter

A wave crashes over Newhaven harbour wall, as Storm Ciaran hits the English coast, in Newhaven, Britain, November 2, 2023. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra
A wave crashed over Newhaven’s harbour wall

Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse and the harbour wall in Newhaven
Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse and the harbour wall in Newhaven

Damage after storm Ciaran hit Jersey's Princess Place 
Pictures sent via Hope Yeomans
Doors were burst open by the hurricane-strength gusts (via Hope Yeomans)

A van drives through flood water in Whitley Bay, north east England
A van drove through flood water in Whitley Bay

storm ciaran NI
Residents in Northern Ireland took to using sandbags to protect their homes from floodwater.

A dog stands in water as it flows through streets after heavy rain caused extensive flooding, ahead of the arrival of Storm Ciaran, in the city centre of Newry, Northern Ireland, October 31, 2023. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A dog stands in water as it flows through the streets of Newry in Northern Ireland.

A weather warning sign alerts drivers travelling through water spray and winds on the M5 motorway
Drivers on the M5 were affected by spray

Baby monitor camera captures moment window is blown in by Storm Ciaran
Winds reached such high gusts, windows were blown open, captured here on a baby monitor.

Swans feeding next to submerged benches at Canoe Lake, Southsea, Portsmouth
Swans feeding next to submerged benches at Canoe Lake, Southsea, Portsmouth

A man holds large pieces of ice which fell in a hail storm in St Helier, Jersey
A man holds large pieces of ice which fell in a hail storm in St Helier, Jersey

Vehicles are driven through a flooded road in Yapton, West Sussex, as Storm Ciaran brings high winds and heavy rain
Vehicles are driven through a flooded road in Yapton, West Sussex, as Storm Ciaran brings high winds and heavy rain

A walks through flood water on Market Street in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
A man walks through floodwater on Market Street in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

UK weather: Storm Babet to bring heavy rain and strong winds to UK as Met Office issues warning | Weather News

Storm Babet is set to hit the UK this week, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, with “significant and widespread disruption” possible in Scotland.

The Met Office said the storm, named on Monday, is forecast to bring “impactful heavy rain” to the UK from Wednesday.

Strong winds will accompany the storm.

There is a “chance of extremely heavy rain to cause flooding and disruption” – as well as “strong south-easterly winds”, which would “exacerbate” any impacts, the forecaster added.

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for central and eastern Scotland, where some “exceptional” rainfall levels could build up over two or three days.

Check the latest five-day forecast where you are

Yellow rain warnings are in place from 6am on Thursday until midnight on Saturday, mainly in the Grampian region.

Scotland saw heavy flooding last week with major travel disruption and 10 people airlifted to safety after extreme rainfall caused multiple landslides.

Deputy chief meteorologist Steven Keates said the rain forecast for Scotland later this week could fall on ground “already saturated after recent heavy rainfall”.

“This could lead to some significant and widespread disruption,” he said.

The Met Office said the worst of the rain was expected over higher ground and further warnings would likely be issued later in the week.

Sky News meteorologist Chris England said: “Gusty winds will bring a risk of severe gales to parts of northern and eastern Scotland, especially to the lee of the mountains.”

He added that while there is the chance of localised flooding, details are uncertain at this point.

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The rest of the UK will see a change to “milder but much more unsettled conditions from midweek”, he said, with strong winds and prolonged heavy rain expected across much of the country.

Storm Babet is the second named storm of the season, after Storm Agnes swept through the UK and Ireland in late September.

Storms are named when they are deemed to have the potential to cause ‘medium’ or ‘high’ impacts.

Tens of thousands of homes without power as Storm Otto brings strong winds to UK | UK News

Tens of thousands of homes are without power as Storm Otto brings winds of more than 80mph to parts of the UK.

Energy company SSEN said that, as of 11am Friday, 30,000 properties in Scotland were without power and it could be more than two days before supply is restored.

The network has a number of faults on its high voltage network due to fallen trees, branches and other windblown debris.

Mark Rough, operations director at SSEN Distribution, said power has been restored to 10,000 properties so far.

He added: “Despite the widespread nature of the storm, coupled with ongoing adverse weather conditions and challenges with access, our teams have made good progress restoring power to homes impacted.

“With wind speeds expected to subside from around midday, we expect to make significant progress throughout the course of today.”

In England, around 1,300 homes in Ripon and 1,330 homes near Chester-le-Street, County Durham, are without power, with Northern Powergrid also reporting supply cuts in Northumberland, Darlington and Leeds.

The Met Office recorded wind gusts of 83mph at Inverbervie in Scotland’s north east, while winds elsewhere reached up to 75mph.

Schools were closed in some parts of Scotland, particularly in the Highlands and Aberdeenshire, and the roof of a school in Carnoustie, Angus, was damaged by the wind.

In Aberdeenshire, the council said several GP practices were operating emergency services only, as they were among those to have lost power supply.

Train operator Scot Rail is also running an emergency timetable with speed restrictions.

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Yellow weather warnings for wind are in place covering parts of north and north-east England and southern Scotland until 2pm, while a warning for snow and ice in parts of Scotland starts late tonight and lasts until 9am tomorrow.

In other Otto-related disruption on Friday:

• A1(M) affected by a number of closures or delays due to overturned lorries – between J48 and 49, and 60 and 59
• A1(M) closed to high-sided vehicles in both directions between J47 and 56
• Leeds Bradford Airport is open but there is disruption to flights, a spokesperson said
• Some services cancelled by London North Eastern Railway
• Tree blocking the rail line between Harrogate and Knaresborough in Yorkshire
• Reports of trees blocking roads in Harrogate and Leeds

A person walking a dog on Tynemouth beach on the North east coast, as Storm Otto hits parts of Scotland and north-east England as it moves across the UK on Friday.
Tynemouth beach

A Met Office spokesperson said: “The strong winds from Storm Otto will ease through the day as the low pressure moves out into the North Sea.

“After a relatively dry day with good sunny spells in places, cloud will build from the west this evening before rain and snow move across most parts overnight.”

Check the forecast in your area

Forecasters said snow is likely to fall in locations over 300 metres, with 2-5cm possible across the warning area, and 5-10cm over the highest locations.

“Rain and hill snow will ease in the early morning of Saturday, with some brightness, though rain will return later from the west. There will be some drizzly rain further south, but it will be mild with a few brighter spells by afternoon.

“Wet and windy conditions will return for the north of Scotland on Sunday as an area of low pressure skirts to the north of the UK.”