UK weather: Gale force winds and heavy rain cause disruption
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 11:00 GMT -
Wind gusts over 50mph were seen over much of the UK through the night but much stronger around coasts and hills leading to some disruption.
According to the Met Office, the highest gusts across the UK on Monday night were 97mph at Capel Curig in North Wales, 78mph at Emley Moor in Yorkshire and 76mph at Weybourne in Norfolk.
The strong winds will ease a touch through Tuesday morning but are expected to increase once again into the afternoon. The winds are accompanied by squally showers and even some hill snow in the north of the UK.
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There has been travel disruption overnight and in the morning with roads, railways and ferries affected. The strong winds also felled trees, damaged buildings and generated big tides. Flood warnings are out for a few areas.
Since midnight @ThamesVP have received 68 calls about fallen trees on the roads. Drive carefully out there. #4625— TVP Aylesbury Vale (@TVP_Aylesbury) March 31, 2015
Some trees have fallen down due to high winds. We're reporting these to Camden to be cleared, but do take extra care pic.twitter.com/RZ55BXLi4f— NW3 (@belsizebulletin) March 31, 2015
Motorists continue to be warned about the tough conditions as the Met Office’s yellow wind warning remains in place for much of Northern Ireland, northern and eastern England and north Wales during Tuesday.
Gusts of 50-60mph are expected quite widely across the UK, particularly during any heavy showers, although the winds won't be quite as strong across southern England compared to the overnight period.
Northern Ireland, south-west Scotland and north-west England are expected to see the highest gusts with winds hitting 70mph around coasts and hills.
The winds should ease through the evening and overnight although it will remain breezy into Wednesday.
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