Snow and ice cover towns in England as the cold snap continues to disrupt travel
Storm Isha is bringing the UK to a standstill as flights and trains are canceled and a “danger to life” warning remains in place with the risk of tornadoes.
The strongest winds in decades were recorded in parts of Northern Ireland, England and Scotland. The strongest winds were 99mph at Brizlee Wood, Northumberland.
The Met Office has warned of the danger to life from waves and beach material thrown into the sea and warned of debris flying inland.
The Tornado and Storm Research Organization (TORRO) warned that “isolated” tornadoes remained “possible” in England and Wales on Monday.
Scottish rail operator has canceled all rush hour trains and services may not start until late on Monday. Network Rail also stopped all freight and passenger services until the morning.
There have been hundreds of flights canceled at UK airports and dozens of incoming flights diverted – with Ryanair passengers on the usually half-hour route from Manchester to Dublin and ending in Beauvais in the north France. An easyJet domestic flight from Edinburgh to Bristol diverted to Paris.
Live: Storm Isha hits the Cornwall coast as 100mph winds hit the UK
Clock of independence reporting live as Storm Isha hits the coast off Porthlaven Harbor.
Storm Isha sent huge waves crashing into the port’s flood defense system while cutting power to dozens of homes, downing trees and blocking roads through other parts of Devon and Cornwall.
It comes as wind speeds of 91mph were recorded at Gwennap Head, near Land’s End, with speeds of up to 70mph recorded elsewhere in the region.
The National Grid said 73 homes in Cornwall and 138 homes in Devon lost power.
Barney DavisJanuary 22, 2024 09:06
Rishi Sunak said work was taking place to restore power to thousands of homes
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the government was working to restore power “as quickly as possible”.
Speaking during a visit to a school in Buckinghamshire, Mr Sunak said: “The first thing to say is that my thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the storm over this period. I also want to thank all the emergency responders who worked so hard to support everyone.
“I urge everyone to continue to monitor travel advice to ensure they are doing everything to keep themselves and their families safe.
“And with regards to power, the progress we have made is that nearly 300,000 households have had their power restored.
“Obviously, there are still some cases where that is not the case, but I want to reassure everyone that we are working as hard as we can with the relevant authorities to restore those people to power as quickly as possible. .”
“Destructive” storm winds have damaged overhead power lines in the north of Scotland, affecting supplies to more than 20,000 Scottish and Southern Electricity Network (SSEN) distribution customers in the region area.
SSEN said that as of 8.45am on Monday, supply had been successfully restored to more than 17,500 customers, with 10,500 properties currently without supply.
Barney DavisJanuary 22, 2024 10:58
The Game of Thrones tree was destroyed by storm Isha
Several trees in Northern Ireland made famous by the series Game of Thrones were damaged and felled by Storm Isha.
Work is underway to clear the site at Dark Hedges in Co Antrim.
The Tree Tunnel became famous when it was featured in the HBO fantasy series and now attracts a significant number of tourists from all over the world. Mervyn Storey, chairman of the Dark Hedges Conservation Trust, said: “It looks like three trees have fallen.
“We have been sending people out since the morning to try to clear the road. There are also several other trees in this area.
“This is another blow to Dark Hedges.
“In fact, one of the healthy trees was cut down. So sad.”
Barney DavisJanuary 22, 2024 10:50
Ferry services canceled across Scotland
Dozens of ferry services have been terminated across Scotland due to Storm Isha.
Nine Caledonian MacBrayne sailings to the Hebrides Islands were canceled on Monday.
NorthLink ferries announced all sailings to the Pentland Firth had also arrived on Monday and could continue until tomorrow morning.
Barney DavisJanuary 22, 2024 10:21
Watch British Airways pilots leave Heathrow airport in high winds
A passenger found the moment his British Airways plane failed to land at Heathrow as Storm Isha caused air travel chaos across the country on Monday morning.
PR officer Gareth Dean praised the pilot for making the aborted landing “dramatic”.
Barney DavisJanuary 22, 2024 10:10
In pictures: Huge waves hit beaches across the UK
The Met Office has warned of a threat to life as strong winds cause large coastal waves, difficult traveling conditions and objects becoming loose and shifting.
Barney DavisJanuary 22, 2024 09:51
Two people died in Ireland in a horrific accident during Storm Isha
A young woman was tragically killed after her truck crashed into a tree in Ireland as Storm Isha devastated the area.
The victim, in his 20s, was a passenger in a lorry that collided with a tree at 1.50am and was later pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services.
The second passenger in the car, a man in his 20s, was hospitalized with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.
Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the incident in Carnalogue, Co Louth, to come forward, including anyone who may have camera footage. Anyone with information should contact Ardee station on 041 685 3222 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.
It comes after a man in his 40s died in a road crash in Co Mayo, where a red storm warning has been issued, at around 6.15pm.
The man was the driver and sole occupant of a car that left the road during a dangerous storm. He was declared dead at the scene.
Barney DavisJanuary 22, 2024 09:40
Wind speeds of 107 mph were recorded at
Transport Scotland said the strongest gust recorded on its network overnight was 107mph on Tay Bridge, while other locations had gusts of more than 70mph, while the Office Meteorological reports said wind gusts of 84mph were recorded at Salsburgh.
Martin Thomson, national operations manager for resilience at Transport Scotland, said: “Our recovery plans are in full effect. Staff from our trunk line operators are patrolling the network and carrying out checks to respond quickly to any further incidents of fallen trees or blocked drains.
“Their proactive efforts this weekend to cut branches and clear drains at vulnerable locations have helped to minimize disruption this morning.
“The Met Office yellow warning for wind remains in force for much of Scotland until midday – and our roads operations staff are on the network in these difficult conditions and working everything possible to respond to the worst impacts of Cyclone Isha.
“Across the wider network, we are seeing ferry disruptions, flight disruptions and rail services remaining suspended until Network Rail engineers visually inspect rail routes to ensure Services continue safely.”
Barney DavisJanuary 22, 2024 09:35
Full list of school closures as Storm Isha causes travel chaos across the UK
Many schools closed today as the UK faced major transport disruption caused by Storm Isha overnight.
Winds of up to 99mph have hit the country, with a “danger to life” amber weather warning issued by the Met Office until 6am this morning.
Strong winds left tens of thousands of homes without power, including 45,000 homes in Northern Ireland, 8,000 homes in northwest England and 3,000 homes in Wales.
Barney DavisJanuary 22, 2024 09:35
Passengers told of loud cheers as the plane diverted to Paris rather than the East Midlands
A passenger has revealed scenes of jubilation after his flight to Dublin was diverted and forced to land in Paris amid the high winds of Storm Isha.
He took to Twitter to post a video after flying around Dublin for half an hour and landing in France. He spoke using a traditional accordion after being forced to land at Paris Charles De Gaulle airport.
Barney DavisJanuary 22, 2024 09:18