Clean up efforts to restore railway routes blocked by debris continue this evening, as Storm Bella saw tracks littered with fallen trees and flooded after gusts of more than 100mph were recorded overnight.
South Western, Southeastern Railway and the London Overground were all forced to implement clean up operations and cancel or delay services today as fallen trees and deluge caused by Storm bella continued to block tracks.
Today South Western Railway closed it’s Isle of Wight services – between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin – due to ‘severe weather’ after Saturday night saw the top wind speed 106mph recorded on the Island at the Needles.
South Eastern Railway announced its Hastings Line was closed today due to flooding and obstructions and in the South west flooding between Exeter St Davids and Taunton saw Great Western Railway close the line for the day.
Storm Bella is now lashing the shores of north-western France where more than 10,000 homes have been left without electricity in Normandy and Brittany, electricity supplier Enedis reported.
On Saturday night more than 100 homes were without electricity in the Plymouth and Truro area of south west England. Around 50 houses also experienced blackouts in Bristol and Bath due to the severe weather.
Alex Wooton from Crickhowell Riverside Caravan Park, clearing up after Storm Bella. He was affected badly by Storm Dennis at the beginning of the year and only just moved back in a week ago
Mr Wooton using a pump to clear up after Storm Bella at Crickhowell Riverside Caravan Park which has been badly affected
Aerial view of the flooding around Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, this morning after Storm Bella brought more rain overnight
River levels on a tributary to the Thames at Iffley Meadows near Oxford remain high with an Environment Agency flood warning still in place after heavy overnight rain. Storm Bella is affecting parts of the UK with heavy rain and high winds
Pictured: A tree came crashing down on this Rolls-Royce in Hove yesterday as high winds caused havoc across the country
Downed tree in Golders Green, London as winds brought by Storm Bella reached more than 100mph overnight
For now it appears the UK has seen the worst of the storm’s high winds, however 99 flood warnings and 193 flood alerts in place across the south and midlands.
The areas most severely affected by flooding so far include Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Worcestershire where heavy rain has caused the regions’ rivers to burst their banks.
Over the weekend the Cambridgeshire fire and rescue service confirmed they had received 336 flood-related calls, with Alconbury and Ramsey being the hardest-hit areas.
Earlier today all trains between Bournemouth and Southampton Central were stopped due to water on the line, Great Western Railway said, and one of the major lines into London was also blocked when a tree fell on to the tracks in Haslemere, Surrey.
Yellow weather warnings for ice and snow remain in place across Scotland, northern England, Northern Ireland and parts of North Wales.
Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and parts of northern England are also subject to a yellow warning for snow and ice from today into Monday, with a band of rain, sleet and up to two inches of snow set to fall.
Newquay Police Response team said that Storm Bella was ‘throwing trees over the roads’, with the latest victim at Kestle Mill, where they were awaiting the arrival of a chainsaw crew to clear the way.
Through the evening and into Monday, meteorologists are warning the snow and ice could also pose a risk to more central and southern areas of England.
Further into the week and towards the New Year conditions will remain cold with sunshine and the possibility of wintry showers, the Met Office said.
People kayak along the flooded A1101 in Welney, Norfolk, with their pet dog after the area was hit by flooding last night
Aerial view of flooding at Upton Upon Severn in Worcestershire – one of the worst affected areas where many residents are still at high risk of flooding as storm Bella has hit overnight bringing heavy rain and strong winds across the country
Little Paxon, St Neots, in Cambridgeshire, which was one of the worst affected areas for flooding after Storm Bella hit the UK
Storm Bella battered Britain with heavy rain leaving large areas under water today including Worcestershire (pictured)
More than 200 flood alerts are in place across the UK warning people to prepare as Storm Bella continues to wreak havoc
A man gets in his kayak and paddles through flood waters at Worcester Racecourse this morning after heavy rain overnight
A fallen tree is taken away by tree surgeons after it comes down on a parked Rolls Royce in a street in Hove on the south coast
Storm Bella continues to wreak havoc as it claimed this Christmas Tree which was blown over in Rode, Somerset near Bath
A trampoline overhanging in Edwardsville, Treharris, South Wales, as winds reached more than 100mph overnight across UK
A fallen tree at the gully in Quakers Yard, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, which was blown down by high winds brought by Storm Bella
A vehicle passes through flood water in Great Barford in Bedfordshire, after residents living near the River Great Ouse in north Bedfordshire were ‘strongly urged’ to seek alternative accommodation due to fears of flooding as it burst its banks
Kayakers on the flooded Great Ouse after Storm Bella strikes at Great Barford and causes the Great Ouse to flood
People walk through flood water in Great Barford in Bedfordshire, on Sunday morning after residents living near the River Great Ouse in north Bedfordshire were “strongly urged” to seek alternative accommodation due to fears of flooding
Jack, 7, stands in flood water in Great Barford in Bedfordshire where a severe flood warning is in place due to Storm Bella
The Met Office has issued a high number of flood warnings for large parts of the UK as Storm Bella continues to batter Britain
Fire crews in north Yorkshire rescued a number of people from vehicles stranded in floodwater overnight.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said they used a boat to rescue two men and two dogs from a vehicle stuck in flowing floodwater in Hawes at 12.37am on Sunday.
Which regions saw the highest wind speeds?
Needles, Isle of Wight: 106mph
Aberdaron, Gwynedd: 83mph
Isle of Portland, Dorset: 79mph
Lake Vyrnwy, Powys: 77mph
Capel Curig, Gwynedd: 76mph
In Aysgarth, a man and a woman were also rescued by boat from the roof of their car at 2.40am after they drove into deep floodwater.
And firefighters walked a woman to safety through shallow water in Wensley at 3.35am after a minor collision while driving through floods.
This morning the M25 QE2 bridge from Essex into Dartford, Kent, is shut and in Faversham the A251 Ashford Road has been blocked in both directions due to fallen tree near the Aldi supermarket.
Fallen trees have also left several roads closed in Folkestone, Greenhithe, Pembury and Sedlescombe.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has urged people to check Government advice, such as from the Environment Agency, who have asked people to keep away from ‘swollen rivers and flooded land’.
A statement on their website said: ‘It is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car.’
The Met Office’s amber weather warning for parts of Wales and southern England says travel could be disrupted from Saturday night through to Sunday morning.
It also warned that flying debris could cause injury or be a risk to life, and buildings could be damaged in the storm.
In Hove, where a yellow weather warning for high winds and flooding is in place, a fallen tree crushed a Rolls-Royce after it landed on the car’s roof.
Pictures from the scene show the £363,000 car with a shattered windscreen and a caved-in roof after the huge tree fell during high winds brought by Storm Bella.
The region was hit by winds of up to 60mph overnight as a result of the storm which is battering the UK.
Anthony Gleave canoes along the flooded A1101 in Welney, Norfolk, after the area was hit by flooding due to Storm Bella
Storm Bella battered Britain this weekend leaving large parts of the country flooded. Pictured: Anthony Gleave in Norfolk
Pictured: Worcester racecourse was left underwater this morning after severe flooding overnight caused by Storm Bella
Swans surround a abandoned flooded business in Worcestershire which has been severely flooded after heavy rain and winds
Large parts of Worcestershire were left under water including Upton Upon Severn (pictured) after the river burst its banks
Storm Bella is expected to bring more rain and high winds overnight. The Environment Agency are advising that while river levels will remain high we should not see the level of impact seen locally in recent days, but the public are urged to stay vigilant, monitor the flood warnings, and stay prepared.
It comes after people were forced to flee their homes on Christmas Day morning due to flooding after heavy rain over the weekend.
Residents in 1,300 homes by the River Great Ouse in Bedfordshire were advised to move out following high water levels on Christmas Day, with pictures showing the river bursting its banks onto playing fields.
Bedford International Athletic Stadium was used as an emergency assistance centre for those who left their homes. Local fire chief Paul Fuller said families faced a ‘dreadful situation’ made worse by Covid restrictions.
Further rain is expected in Bedfordshire on Monday.
This morning, Chepstow’s Coral Welsh Grand National meeting was abandoned due to a waterlogged track after 27mm of rain fell overnight.
The fixture has had no luck down the years on the weather front and once more course officials were forced to admit defeat.
Worcester Racecourse was also left underwater after heavy rain overnight and several kayakers were seen paddling across the track this morning.
In Cirencester, Gloucestershire, homes were also at risk of flooding due to heavy rain and council officials have been providing sandbags for those affected.
High rise water on December 27 in Worcester after Storm Bella battered the country leaving large parts of the UK flooded
Two people walk along the flooded lock in Worcester this morning after Storm Bella brought heavy rainfall overnight
Yellow warnings for rain are in place across much of the UK, as well as two ‘threat to life’ flood notices. An Amber warning for wind is also in place – meaning disruption to transport – including trains and road traffic – is very likely in the south
Severe flooding in Little Paxon, St Neots, in Cambridgeshire where much of the region woke up to flood waters this morning
A footbridge over St Neot’s Lock shows the extent of the flooding in Cambridgeshire overnight after Storm Bella hit the UK
Cambridgeshire is one of the worst affected counties in the country for severe flooding after Storm Bella battered Britain
Little Paxon in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, (pictured) experienced severe flooding this morning after heavy rain fell overnight
Flood defences had been put up in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ahead of the overnight storm which saw heavy rain fall
The extreme weather events have left emergency services inundated with calls for help, with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service receiving 500 calls for help in just 24 hours.
Flood defences had been put up in St Neots, Cambridgeshire ahead of the overnight storm, and extra pumps deployed to the Welches Dam and Soham Lodge areas.
Meanwhile, a Great Dane called Brian was one of three dogs rescued from Christmas Day floods in Bedfordshire when the River Great Ouse burst its banks.
The 45kg dog who is two years old was rescued from a property in the village of Harrold by specialist rescue team from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The Environment Agency has now lifted the severe flood warning that was in place covering the Great Ouse through Bedford.
The Environment Agency have advised that while high levels on the river are expected to remain over coming days we are not expecting levels like we saw passing through yesterday and today.
As a result, the emergency assistance centre at Bedford International Athletic Stadium has been stood down while the centre at Bromham Village Hall was stood down yesterday.
Flood warnings remain in place for the River Great Ouse including at Bedford, Kempston, Renhold, Great Barford, Roxton, Bromham, Biddenham, Felmersham, Sharnbrook, Bletose, Pavenham, Milton Ernest, Oakley, Clapham, Odell and Turvey.
Rescue workers with Brian the Great Dane who was one of three dogs rescued from flooded properties in Bedfordshire
Severe flood warning was issued for areas along the River Great Ouse near Bedford by Environment Agency on Christmas Day
People on a bridge look at a flooded area in Great Barford, near Bedford. Many had to leave their homes on Christmas Day
Cars drive through a flooded street in Great Barford, near Bedford. Bedford International Athletic Stadium was used as an emergency assistance centre for those who were forced to leave their homes as severe flooding warnings were put in place
Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson said: ‘A huge thank you must go to all the organisations, groups and volunteers who have been part of the response to this flood.
‘From Council officers, emergency services, local flood groups, the very many volunteer groups who supported the effort and the numerous offers of support we received from the public- thank you to you all.
‘It really does speak to Bedford Borough’s incredible community spirit.
‘With flood warnings still in force, please keep being cautious and prepared. Do not drive or walk through floodwaters, and keep yourselves and your families safe.’
Homes were flooded as river levels rose at Cirencester, Gloucestershire, where one shivering, elderly woman had to try to buy a torch because she’d had no electricity or heating for more than 12 hours.
Pictured: A trampoline that had fallen on the A27 in Bursledon, Hampshire, during the early hours of this morning
Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse and harbour wall on the south coast of England as Storm Bella rages on this morning
Most of UK is subject to weather warnings as Storm Bella, with wind gusts of more than 100mph passes across the country
Aerial view of flooding on the river Severn in Worcestershire where many residents are still at high risk of flooding
The Met Office has issued more than 80 flood warnings for large parts of the UK. Pictured: the River Severn in Worcestershire
Aerial view of flooding at Upton Upon Severn in Worcestershire where many residents are still at high risk of flooding
The New Landrover Defender going through Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales in rather wet weather on a blustery Sunday
Cotswold District Council said it is providing sandbags and is in contact with those families who have been affected and face suffering more upheaval.
The council leader, Joe Harris, said: ‘We know that a number of our residents have had their Christmas ruined and we are doing all we can to support them.
‘We are working with Cirencester Town Council which is providing local support and we are liaising with parish councils in Siddington and South Cerney which are also experiencing rising river levels and may have residents whose homes are under threat of flooding.
‘We are replenishing sand bag supplies for communities at risk where the town and parish councils have already exhausted their supplies.’
He said the parish church in Cirencester was open for people to warm up, charge mobile phones, use the toilets and get a hot drink.
In a post on Facebook, people were reminded to wear face masks inside the church and only visit with members of their household or bubble.
Cornwall’s world-famous Eden Project is to stay closed until well into the New Year because of the threat of more landslides.
Pictured: A rainbow over Great Doddington in Northamptonshire, after residents living near the River Great Ouse in north Bedfordshire were ‘strongly urged’ to seek alternative accommodation due to fears of flooding caused by Storm Bella
A man and woman kayak on a flooded Worcester Racecourse after Storm Bella caused severe flooding in the area
Under water: Flooding at the Worcester Rowing Club this morning caused by Storm Bella’s heavy wind and rain
Pictures show the extent of flooding in Worcester where pedestrian areas have been left underwater thanks to Storm Bella
Two men kayak through water next to debris caused by severe flooding in Worcester this morning as flood alerts are in place
The tourist attraction, built in a disused china clay quarry near St Austell, was forced to close for safety reasons last Sunday following day after day of rain.
Tons of rock and earth began sliding down the hill towards the biodomes, which cost £86 million and opened in 2001.
In 2002 they were used in scenes for the James Bond film Die Another Day starring Pierce Brosnan, Judy Dench and Halle Berry.
With the threat of more heavy rain and flooding, bosses said on Tuesday that they would make another review on Boxing Day.
But they announced last night they are taking no chances and it will stay shut until at least January 6th.
The ground around the quarry is saturated and the fear is that more storms will cause further landslips.
It’s a big blow to the attraction who say anyone booking tickets can claim refunds.
A spokesman said they were ‘very sorry’ to disappoint people who had planned visits but they added ‘The safety of all visitors and staff remains our top priority.
‘Ticketholders for the days Eden is closed will be automatically refunded.’
The site was closed early on Sunday as a safety precaution after high volumes of rainwater caused several landslips on the side of the former quarry and damaged the road above it.
Work has continued to pump out and control the flow of water, survey the full extent of the damage and to plan a safe re-opening.
Visitors are asked to check on the website www.edenproject.com and on Eden’s social media channels for further updates as to when the project will be able to reopen.
A spokesman said staff were ‘grateful for the many messages of support from the public since the closure’.
Parts of the north west of England have seen snow and sleet this morning. Pictured: Nenthead in Cumbria on Sunday
Snow storm: Storm Bella battered parts of the North West and Cumbria (pictured) this morning with strong winds and heavy snow showers. This comes as weather forecasters warn of weeks of wintery conditions which are set to hit parts of the UK
The Met Office has issued a snow warnings for parts of Scotland. Pictured: A man clears snow from a driveway in Stirlingshire
Snow plough spreads grit as it passes through Killin, Stirlingshire, where the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings
Gusts of wind are pictured as storm Bella passes by Dover in the early hours of Sunday morning as Storm Bella hits Britain
In Ireland, Met Eireann issued a country-wide status yellow wind and rain warning, in force until 4am today.
As well as the stormy conditions, temperatures will stay frosty in some parts into next week, leading health professionals to offer advice on how to keep safe in colder weather.
Dr Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, consultant in public health at Public Health England said: ‘Heat your home to at least 18C if you can, particularly if you have reduced mobility, are 65 and over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease.’
Storm Bella follows relatively calm and cold conditions across the UK on Friday, which saw a white Christmas for some more northerly parts of the country.