Britain battered by storms

3rd January 2012, Comments 0 comments

Britain was battered by storms on Tuesday with Scotland bearing the brunt of high winds which also forced the English Channel port of Dover to close.

Flights from Scotland's biggest airport, Glasgow, were heavily disrupted and train operators were forced to run a reduced service between London and Scottish cities as parts of Scotland were whipped by winds of over 100 miles per hour (160 kilometres per hour).

Police in the Glasgow area warned drivers returning to work after the New Year break to avoid going out on the road after several trucks overturned.

The busy port of Dover was at a standstill because high winds made it too dangerous for ferries to sail to Calais in northern France, port authorities said.

A bus driver in Surrey, southeast England, was seriously injured when a tree fell on his vehicle.

The renowned Epsom racecourse, home of the English Derby, also in Surrey, was evacuated after part of the grandstand roof blew off, although there were no spectators there at the time.

A key road bridge between Essex and Kent in southern England was closed because of high winds and parts of Wales also saw gusts of more than 90 mph in the early hours.

The Met Office said "wet and very windy weather" would affect Britain throughout Tuesday as a spell of unseasonably mild weather over the Christmas period gave way to more typical winter conditions.

© 2012 AFP

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