Storm Antoni sees gusts of 78mph as fallen timber block 100 miles of railway

Storm Antoni noticed 78mph winds hit the UK and timber blown down – blocking 100 miles of railway between Exeter and Penzance.

A hazard to life alert had been issued for Saturday throughout the amber wind warning, which lined south-western areas of each England and Wales.

Severe highway and rail disruption was reported within the South West, the Met Office mentioned, and about half a month’s price of rain fell on elements of the UK.

Meanwhile, a yellow warning for “unseasonably windy weather” was in place for southern elements of the UK and a yellow thunderstorm warning was issued for south-east England and East Anglia.

Quite a few individuals needed to be evacuated from their properties in Loftus and Carlin How, North Yorkshire, as a consequence of flooding after heavy rain.

And eight individuals have been evacuated from their properties in Clontarf, Dublin, Dublin Fire Brigade mentioned.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge mentioned gusts of 78mph have been measured at Berry Head in Devon and 43mm of rain fell in Scarborough, North Yorkshire – virtually half of August’s common rainfall.

He added that Great Western Railway had warned passengers to not journey between Exeter and Penzance because of the variety of timber which had fallen on the tracks and plenty of roads had additionally been blocked in Devon and Cornwall.

“The rain is still ongoing at the moment, there’s still a fair bit of thunder and rain, particularly across northern England and East Anglia,” Mr Partridge added.

“There has been some localised flooding.

“The storm is going to clear through this evening, it will pretty much all be gone by midnight.”

The climate compelled organisers of out of doors occasions scheduled to happen this weekend to cancel their plans.

A two-day music pageant the place 60,000 individuals have been as a consequence of attend was cancelled simply earlier than the gates opened on account of security fears.

More than 80 artists – together with Craig David, Patrick Topping, Sean Paul and Example – have been set to carry out at LooseFest in Newcastle.

Director of LooseFest Brian Austin mentioned: “Shortly before the gates were due to open to the public we were advised by the safety team with the local authority in agreement, that the festival site was not safe to open.

“It was an extremely difficult decision, but the safety of every single person, from the festivalgoers to the artists, crew and everyone on site was paramount.

“It’s a heartbreaking decision, but the right one, sadly the one thing we can’t control is the weather.”

And Eliot Walker, organiser of the annual Dorset jazz pageant Stompin’ On The Quomps, mentioned he was “disappointed” he needed to postpone this 12 months’s occasion, which 10,000 individuals have been anticipated to attend, as a consequence of Storm Antoni.

The free pageant in Christchurch Quay was compelled to cancel its actions for the primary time in its 30-year historical past.

The climate is predicted to enhance on Sunday with a drier, brighter day, and into subsequent week highs of mid-20s might be seen by Thursday, the forecaster added.

Better climate situations might on the best way for the center and finish of August, Mr Partridge mentioned.

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