Storm Ciaran's 100mph wind and heavy rainfall expected to flood 54 areas mostly in the south as UK-wide weather alerts sound the alarm

Thursday 2 November 2023

The south of England is receiving blow after blow from Storm Ciaran's 100mph wind and cascading rainfall, throwing transport across the UK into turmoil.

Across the south coast, an amber warning has sounded the alarm between 6am to 5pm today with winds having the potential to reach 85mph.

35 people have been forced to take refuge in a hotel in Jersey after winds of 100mph from the storm damaged property, Jersey Police reported as they warned residents to avoid outside activity following a red wind warning.

Three were taken to hospital due to injuries received when their homes were damaged by the storm.

Flooding is expected in 54 areas, according to the Environment Agency, most of which are on the south coast of England.

Commuters in southern England were urged to work from home, with rail firms strongly advising passengers not to travel on routes in and out of London before 9am on Thursday as they assess any fallen trees and debris on the line.

The roads are in a state of chaos as vehicles are driving through a flooded road in Yapton, West Sussex, and a stationary bus on a hill in Capel-le-Ferne near Folkestone, Kent had its front wind screen blown out by the powerful wind.

Hundreds of schools across the south have also closed, as a further 134 alerts are in place for possible flooding across England.

All flights from Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney airports for today have been cancelled.

The major incident was declared by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum, with the local fire service warning there was a “potential risk to life” as well as a risk of damage to buildings, falling trees, and flooding.

Freight lorries queued for entrance to ferry services on the A20 into Dover, Kent, as Storm Ciaran brings high winds and heavy rain along the south coast of England.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) urged people watching the conditions to stay away from the coast.

A yellow warning for rain is also in place from this morning to 6am on Friday for north-east England and Scotland, stretching up to Inverness.

Train passengers travelling between Scotland and England will face disruption today due to weather warnings in place as a result of Storm Ciaran battering the UK.

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