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Storm Brendan batters Britain leaving thousands without power and worse to come

Brendan will bring more wind and rain across the UK today

Brendan will bring more wind and rain across the UK today (Picture: Twitter/PA)

Storm Brendan has battered Britain with winds of more than 80mph seeing flights diverted and thousands of people without power.

Forecasters warn the worst is yet to come with more strong gales and torrential rain predicted for today.

Seven flights to Gatwick Airport were directed around the UK after winds hit West Sussex on Monday evening.

The airport said two Wizz Air flights, four easyJet services and one Norweigan Air flight were diverted, while an easyJet plane from Edinburgh to Gatwick was forced to land in Birmingham.

The Met Office said conditions around the airport were blustery overnight and warned that stronger gusts could batter the area on Tuesday afternoon.

Flight-tracking site flightradar24 said there were ‘strong winds and rain’ at Gatwick and showed the Wizz Air flight circling before heading north.

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Weather storm Brendan wind Taken without permission Edinburgh, Scotland https://twitter.com/bigdatasynergy/status/1216951698104684544 Picture: bigdatasynergy

Lee Cairns tweeted this picture of a tree blown down in Scotland this morning saying ‘not what you want to see when you are taking your kids to the airport’  (Picture: bigdatasynergy)

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Another tree was blown into power lines in Cumbernauld, Scotland, overnight (Picture: NetworkRailSCOT)

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A rogue roof in Galway city, Ireland (Picture: MaryroseMallon9)

An easyJet spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that as a result of adverse weather conditions affecting the UK this evening, like all airlines, we are experiencing some disruption to our flying programme.

‘We would like to reassure passengers that we will do everything possible to minimise the impact of the disruption.’

Storm Brendan moved into the UK around rush hour on Monday evening after lashing areas of Ireland with winds gusting over 80mph.

Around 48,000 homes and businesses were without power on Monday afternoon and there were also outages in parts of Northern Ireland.

Forecasters have told people to prepare for more wild weather going forward, with travel delays expected across England and Wales.

Eight flood warnings and 79 alerts issued by the Environment Agency remained in place overnight.

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The strongest winds recorded on Monday were 87mph on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, and a 76mph gust in Capel Curig, north west Wales.

Yesterday a trampoline was blown onto the M7 in Limmerick, blocking two lanes as motorists were forced to bypass the metal frame.

While a second rogue trampoline caused train delays after landing on the train tracks at Finaghy.

Gusts also toppled a lorry on the A704 near Breich Crossroads and a dead dolphin was washed up along the shore near Chisel Beach in huge waves whipped up by wind.

A spokesman for AA Roadwatch said: ‘Particular caution is advised on the coasts: a status red marine warning for gales is in place for all coastal waters, with a significant risk of coastal flooding.

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PORTLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: A dolphin is seen washed up on Chesil Beach on January 13, 2020 in Portland, United Kingdom. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

A dolphin was washed up on Chesil Beach in strong winds (Picture: Getty)

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Photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @seasugarsweets of the height of the waves in Whitehead, County Antrim, as Storm Brendan sweeps across Ireland and the UK with winds gusting up to 80mph. PA Photo. Issue date: Monday January 13, 2020. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning of high winds across the west, south-west and north-east of the country between 10am and midnight on Monday, and Met Eireann has issued out an orange wind warning for the entirety of Ireland.See PA story WEATHER Brendan. Photo credit should read: SeaSugar Confectionery/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The height of the waves in Whitehead, County Antrim, as Storm Brendan swept across Ireland on Monday (Picture: PA)

‘Watch out for wind-blown debris on the roads, and give extra space to vulnerable road users like pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

‘Strong cross-winds may affect control of your vehicle so slow down.

‘Only drive through standing water if you’re sure it’s not too deep for your car.’

Britain’s Met Office has issued a weather warning covering the next two days, warning of wind for much of the western half of the UK.



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