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Storm Isha: Horror 107mph gales claims third victim as winds topple trees & spark travel chaos – now second storm to hit


STORM Isha’s horror 107mph gales have claimed their third victim after winds toppled trees and sparked travel chaos.

A second weather front, Storm Jocelyn, will bring 70mph gales from Tuesday – just hours after Storm Isha claimed the life of three people – a man, 84, a man in his 60s and a man in his 40s.

The front of a building collapsed onto the street in Oldham

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The front of a building collapsed onto the street in OldhamCredit: MEN Media
Fresh weather warnings have been issued after forecasters named Storm Jocelyn

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Fresh weather warnings have been issued after forecasters named Storm JocelynCredit: MET Office
Storm Isha blew a tree down on top of a home in North Shields on North Tyneside last night

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Storm Isha blew a tree down on top of a home in North Shields on North Tyneside last nightCredit: NNP
A stranded car in Warwick Bridge, Cumbria

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A stranded car in Warwick Bridge, CumbriaCredit: PA
A driver had a narrow escape after a roof was blown onto the road in Belton, North Lincolnshire

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A driver had a narrow escape after a roof was blown onto the road in Belton, North LincolnshireCredit: BBC
A fallen tree on four cars in Linlithgow during Storm Isha this morning

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A fallen tree on four cars in Linlithgow during Storm Isha this morningCredit: SWNS
Choppy water at the Falls of Dochart in Killin, Stirling after storm Isha blew through the area overnight

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Choppy water at the Falls of Dochart in Killin, Stirling after storm Isha blew through the area overnightCredit: PA
Storm Isha toppled a tree onto this car in Belfast last night

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Storm Isha toppled a tree onto this car in Belfast last nightCredit: PA
A flailing metal bar smashed this lorry's windscreen at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth

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A flailing metal bar smashed this lorry’s windscreen at the Vitality Stadium in BournemouthCredit: BNPS
Commuters waiting for updates at King's Cross station

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Commuters waiting for updates at King’s Cross stationCredit: Rex

An 84-year-old man died after a Hyundai crashed into a fallen tree on the A905 in Fife, eastern Scotland at 11.45pm last night.

The elderly man was the front-seat passenger in the car, whose other occupants were not injured.

Emergency services pronounced the man dead at the scene near Grangemouth, and are now appealing for dashcam footage.

A man in his sixties died in a crash involving two vans and a fallen tree in Limavady, County Londonerry at around 9.45pm.

Local councillor Ashleen Schenning told the BBC: “To wake up and realise that, as a result of a tree coming down, someone lost their life is just devastating.

“It was cruel. The weather was cruel.

“You can see, even as I was coming here today, there’s so many roads closed, so many trees down.”

In Ireland, a man in his forties also died in a storm-related crash after his motor skidded on a flooded road in County Mayo.

Met Eireann has this lunchtime named Storm Jocelyn, the second storm in 48 hours.

Strong winds and heavy rain are forecast throughout tomorrow and Wednesday.

An amber weather warning has been issued for northern and western Scotland from 6pm tomorrow until 8am on Wednesday.

There is a good chance of power cuts, damage to building, travel delays, road closures and life-threatening waves.

It comes after howling Storm Isha winds wrought havoc all over the UK overnight.

A rare ‘danger to life’ red weather warning was in force for northern Scotland from 1am until 5am this morning – as stranded passengers anxiously awaited updates.

Shocking images emerging this morning show an entire greenhouse blown onto railway tracks in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, while trees have smashed down into cars in Crawley and Linlithgow.

Scots in the red warning zone were told to expect huge waves, power cuts, damage to homes and dangerous flying debris.

Transport Scotland said a gust of 107mph was recorded on the Tay Bridge between Dundee and Fife.

Tornado Watch said there was a high chance of twisters flinging 20mm hailstones yesterday afternoon.

British Airways said that it cancelled 40 flights across the UK as winds peaked at 99mph.

Planes struggled to land at several airports, with one Ryanair flight from Manchester to Dublin diverted to Beauvais in northern France.

Another Ryanair flight from Stansted to Newquay was reportedly diverted to Malaga on Spain’s Costa del Sol, according to Flight Radar.

Ryanair said: “Due to Storm Isha, some flights to/from the UK and Ireland yesterday and today have regrettably been cancelled or delayed.

“We are working hard to reaccommodate affected passengers and advise all passengers due to travel to/from the UK or Ireland today to check their Ryanair app for the latest updates on their flight.

“Ryanair sincerely apologises to all passengers affected by these storm-related disruptions, which are entirely beyond our control and have impacted all airlines operating to and from the UK and Ireland yesterday and today.”

BBC presenter Holly Hamilton said her flight from Heathrow to Belfast “just gave up trying to land after a pretty terrifying attempt”.

Posting on Twitter last night, Holly added: “Scary biscuits above Belfast.

“I’ve never been as happy to see Manchester Airport.”

The M6 is closed northbound between J43 and J44 near Carlisle after two lorries overturned.

Howling winds forced the closure of the Tay Road Bridge, M48 Severn Bridge and the A66 in Durham and Cumbria between the A1(M) and the M6.

The Humber Bridge, A19 Tees Flyover and A628 Woodhead Pass in Derbyshire were among stretches closed to high-sided vehicles.

A road in Oldham near Manchester has also closed after the front of a building collapsed onto the street.

Emergency services scrambled to AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium after a flailing metal bar smashed through a lorry’s windscreen as it left the ground.

A number of trees in Northern Ireland made famous by the TV series Game Of Thrones were felled by the storm.

Work is being carried out this morning to clear up the Dark Hedges site in County Antrim.

In Lincolnshire, shocking footage captured a driver’s lucky escape after a roof was blown onto the road.

 An entire greenhouse was blown onto train tracks in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent.

More than 10,500 homes are still without power in northern Scotland after trees toppled onto overhead lines.

Almost 8,000 more homes in Cumbria are also without power, which is not expected to be restored until 5pm tomorrow.

Operations at the Sellafield nuclear site have resumed after they were suspended during the storm.

ScotRail cancelled all rush-hour services this morning as workers scrambled to make the operator’s lines safe.

Network Rail suspended its Scottish services all morning.

A spokesperson added: “Hundreds of engineers are already out, armed with chainsaws and cherry pickers to remove and repair.

“Once done, route proving trains will be dispatched before passenger services can restart.

“It’s been a wild night, but passengers and railway staff have been kept safe.

“We will work tirelessly to get the railway back on its feet as quickly as we can.”

A Met Office yellow warning remains in force for the whole of Britain until midday.

Strong winds are likely to spark travel disruption and power cuts across the country.

Forecasters said that “injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible”.

Journeys by road, train, air and ferry could all take longer before the storm peters out in the coming days.

Another yellow wind warning will cover north Wales, northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from 4pm tomorrow until midday on Wednesday.

A lorry was badly damaged after strong winds flipped it on the M6

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A lorry was badly damaged after strong winds flipped it on the M6Credit: AFP
A trampoline blew onto the tracks in Rainham, Kent

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A trampoline blew onto the tracks in Rainham, KentCredit: BPM
This tree brought trains to a standstill in Scotland

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This tree brought trains to a standstill in ScotlandCredit: @NetworkRailSCOT
A huge fallen tree in Selly Oak, Birmingham

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A huge fallen tree in Selly Oak, BirminghamCredit: SWNS
A tree fell onto four cars in Linlithgow, West Lothian

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A tree fell onto four cars in Linlithgow, West LothianCredit: SWNS
The packed concourse at Waterloo station in London

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The packed concourse at Waterloo station in LondonCredit: LNP
A greenhouse found its way onto train tracks in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent

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A greenhouse found its way onto train tracks in Westgate-on-Sea, KentCredit: SWNS
A fallen tree in Tonbridge, Kent

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A fallen tree in Tonbridge, KentCredit: i-Images
A yellow wind warning is in place for the whole country until noon

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A yellow wind warning is in place for the whole country until noonCredit: MET Office
The flooded high street in the Cumbrian town of Appleby

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The flooded high street in the Cumbrian town of ApplebyCredit: Jordan Crosby
A Maersk shipping container tumbled onto a fence in the port of Dublin

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A Maersk shipping container tumbled onto a fence in the port of DublinCredit: DAMIEN STORAN
Delayed passengers at Bristol Airport this morning

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Delayed passengers at Bristol Airport this morningCredit: LT1Media
Howling winds pummelled the UK overnight

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Howling winds pummelled the UK overnightCredit: MET Office
Passengers face delays at Bristol airport

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Passengers face delays at Bristol airportCredit: LT1Media





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