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Somerset and Gloucestershire disruption as Storm Isha hits


  • By Leigh Boobyer
  • BBC News, West of England

Image source, Taunton Fire Station

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Trees have been brought down in the high winds, including this one just outside of Miles Tea Room on Taunton High Street

Around 400 homes are without power in the West of England as Storm Isha brought disruption to electricity networks.

The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning across the UK, forecasting possible injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

More disruption is expected across the West’s trains and planes on Monday.

Network Rail imposed 50mph speed restrictions across most routes to keep passengers and trains safe from falling trees and debris blown onto tracks.

National Grid said nearly 300 homes in the Stroud district are without power, including 267 by Nailsworth. It added that the homes should have electricity again by 12:00 GMT.

Western Power said around 100 homes are without power in Somerset, including 81 in Pensford and 23 in the Thornfalcon and Creech St Michael area.

It is expected the homes with power outages, also in areas including Radstock and Peasedown St John, should be resolved by 09:00 GMT.

National Highways said the A36 northbound is closed between the A361 (Beckington) and the A4 (Bath) due to a fallen tree across the carriageway.

The southbound carriageway remains closed between the A4 and A366 (Norton St Philip), it added.

Meanwhile the A36 Warminster Road is closed in both directions closed due to fallen tree from Down Lane (Bathampton) to B3108 Lower Stoke (Monkton Combe).

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This tree was blocking the road outside Westonbirt Arboretum

And there are restrictions on the M48 Severn Bridge in both directions due to strong winds, between J2 A466 Wye Valley Link Road (Chepstow) and J1 A403 (Aust).

Some flights into Bristol Airport have been cancelled and there are delayed departures.

The Met Office said the highest recorded wind speed during Storm Isha was 99mph at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland with gusts of 90mph at Capel Curig in Snowdonia on Sunday.

It added that winds will begin to calm down later tonight, although it is expected to remain windy with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers over the next few days.



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