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UK battered by strong winds, trucks and cars swept off roads

Christian Fernsby |
England and Wales have been hit by strong winds reach 86mph causing chaos.

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A train was derailed in Tonbridge, Kent amid the gale-force pandemonium this morning after a trampoline was thrown into its path and chewed up under its wheels.

The A417 in Gloucestershire has ground to a halt after an HGV was flung off the road and onto its side by a huge gust, while another lorry was flipped over between Hexham and Corbridge in Northumberland this morning.

Homes in Wales were plunged into darkness last night as gusts reaching 86mph tore through Capel Curig.

A fallen tree caused road misery on the A487 between Pantperthog and Ceinws, while the B4410 from Llanfrothen has been closed due to flooding.

The Irish Ferries link has had to cancel numerous services today as the wind continues to whip up the sea.

Severn Bridge and Cleddau Bridge have been closed in both directions, while a 30mph speed limit has been imposed on the Britannia Bridge on Anglesey.

So fierce were the winds that a large tree was pulled out of the ground in Surrey.

Such scenes of travel chaos are threatening to be replicated across the UK today as a storm rips over the aisles.

The Met Office's yellow weather warning kicked in at 9pm yesterday for the whole of England and Wales.


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