Storm Ciara is causing havoc with heavy rain and winds hitting 80mph across the UK, winds are expected to reach 90mph in parts of the country.
Airlines have cancelled dozens of flights both domestic and international and rail firms are operating on a reduced timetable with speed restrictions, passengers are being urged not to travel.
British Airways said in a statement: “Like all airlines operating into and out of the UK tomorrow, we are expecting to be impacted by the adverse weather conditions across parts of the UK on Sunday.”
Ferry passengers are facing severe delays and many services have been cancelled. Drivers are facing treacherous driving conditions and there have been reports of falling trees and debris blocking roads.
— Gethin Jones (@GethinJones123) February 9, 2020
In south London a trampoline landed on rail tracks disrupting services from the south east into London.
⚠️ Here’s the trampoline that is currently disrupting services towards London, we are working to remove it but will need further staff to assist given its size. @Se_Railway will continue provide the latest travel information between Orpington-Sevenoaks. ⚠️ https://t.co/Obk0T80w97 pic.twitter.com/cYaeR0KSf8
— Network Rail Kent and Sussex (@NetworkRailSE) February 9, 2020
Helen Roberts a meteorologist at the Met Office said there have been “quite exceptional” gusts between 60 and 70mph would be seen in inland areas.
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 9, 2020
The worst of the weather is likely to hit before 6pm, although warnings are in place until 9pm.
Roberts said, “As well as the strength of the wind there is the rain to come today.
“So far, we have seen some impact from the rain, which has been heavy and persistent across Northern Ireland and northern England in the last 24-hours.
“It is likely we will see further impact from the wind such as falling debris, roof tiles coming off, branches and trees down, with disruption to travel as well.”