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UK storms: rail chaos and more homes evacuated – live updates | Environment | theguardian.com


UK storms: rail chaos and more homes evacuated – live updates | Environment | theguardian.com.

UK storms: rail chaos and more homes evacuated – live updates

Waves crash against the seafront and the railway line that has been closed due to storm damage at Dawlish in Devon.
Waves crash against the seafront and the railway line that has been closed due to storm damage at Dawlish in Devon. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

4.17pm GMT

The government’s emergency committee has finished its meeting.

I’ve just chaired COBRA on the latest storms and floods – I said there should be no restrictions on help for those affected,

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) February 5, 2014

4.03pm GMT

#Winds will gust to 70mph around rush hour this evening across parts of southern England. NinaR #ukstormpic.twitter.com/AlUbl8opt2

— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) February 5, 2014

3.59pm GMT

The Met Office has just released a warning of more stormy weather ahead, lasting into the weekend. It follows a similar warning by the Environment Agency earlier.

Met Office chief meteorologist Andy Page said:

The unsettled weather will continue over the coming days with heavy rain across the southern half of Britain on Thursday evening into Friday, and that will be quickly followed by another storm moving in early on Saturday.

This will bring the risk of flooding and damaging winds bringing down trees to cause disruption to travel and power networks.

3.50pm GMT

BBC Somerset has posted audio of the police warning from a megaphone in a helicopter urging residents in three villages in the Somerset Levels to leave their homes.

3.41pm GMT

One of the severe flood warnings, that relating to Lands End to Plymouth, has been removed, meaning that there are now eight in force.

3.20pm GMT

Winds are continuing to strengthen and won’t die down until 9pm, according to one forecaster.

South-westerly winds are continuing to strengthen in southern areas, but will ease from 2100. #Windy#Weather pic.twitter.com/3hV9hkCChT

— MeteoGroup UK (@WeatherCast_UK) February 5, 2014

3.18pm GMT

Large parts of Brighton's West Pier now teeter on the brink of total collapse after a powerful storm destroyed the lower section.
Large parts of Brighton’s West Pier now teeter on the brink of total collapse after a powerful storm destroyed the lower section. Photograph: Neil Hawkins/Demotix/Corbis
Engineers and members of the emergency services combine to survey the sunken section of the mainline railway track near the coastal town of Dawlish.
Engineers and members of the emergency services combine to survey the sunken section of the mainline railway track near the coastal town of Dawlish. Photograph: Neil Munns/EPA

3.10pm GMT

Patrick Hallgate, from Network Rail, told Sky News repairing the track at Dawlish represented “a significant engineering challenge”. The line is clearly not expected to be up and running for some time.

Due to the damage to track and sea wall at Dawlish, the sleeper service between Paddington and Penzance is cancelled until Friday 28th Feb.

— First Great Western (@FGW) February 5, 2014

Engineers from Network Rail inspect collapsed line at Dawlish. They say it’s biggest job they’ve ever faced.pic.twitter.com/wFAPa9QlKX

— Jon Kay (@jonkay01) February 5, 2014

3.02pm GMT

Guy Shrubsole, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth, also criticised Cameron’s announcement. He said:

The Prime Minister may bluff and bluster about cuts in flood defences, but he can’t disguise his Government’s short-sighted and disastrous decisions.

 


1 Comment

  1. Problem is it’s coming up to an election year Cameron has to seem like he gives a damn. Yet the UK is broke, unless you’re a conservative party contributor, from a minority group, or one of his big business “chums”.
    Give the media 24 hours to find something more important to talk about i.e How terrible Russia is (again), and all will be forgotten.

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