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Have to smile at some of the reports "shop sign blown down" "fence blown over" - just tongue in cheek from me but bet the US for example would look at these reports and laugh their t***s off lol

 

On a positive note at least no one has been injured yet so that's good - things may change tonight so keep those reports coming in - minor or not I am a weather freak and between working from home I am logging on here for updates so thanks all and stay safe!  

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Not everyday you see two astonishingly deep depressions side by side next to the UK on one map, truly one for the archives. Posted Image

 

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I think there could be a wintry surprise for some as well judging by some of the other Fax Charts before another round of storms at the end of the week. Posted Image

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WELL UP TILL NOW ITS BEEN JUST WINDY AND STEADY RAIN ,buT now all hell is breaking out gusts realy picking up and rain now v hvy and persistant and out towards the s/west gone black im on west Mendip 8 miles east of weston ,not that high about 80 mtrs or so .looking at radar and torrential bands of rain now moving n/east across the west country .looks like winds will moderate later then pick up severely as the main front approaches tonight    edit rain now nearly monsoon ,14.32 pm this is a biggy fridays could be similar ,take care Posted Image

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I can't see the trains running tonight.

 

23/12/2013 09:21
 
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23/12/2013 14:13
 
Route affected All Southeastern routes
 
Train operator affected Southeastern; 
 
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Very strong winds and heavy rain are expected to affect England, Wales and Scotland on Monday 23 December and into Tuesday 24 December. From 16:00 today and until 09:00 tomorrow, a speed restriction of 50 mph will be imposed. This reduction in speed will require some trains to be cancelled and others, particularly in the Kent and Sussex Coastal areas, will be subject to delay.
 
Tuesday 24 December No trains will run until after 07:00, except the High Speed services between London St Pancras and Ashford International which are expected to run normally. This will allow safety checks of the lines to be made following clearance of the storm. Passengers are advised to check before travelling.
 
Ticket Advice 
 
Passengers with tickets dated for 23 or 24 December, may use their tickets on services either today or tomorrow.
 
Twitter hashtag: #UKStorm

 

 

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/today.aspx

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Weather: Pre-Christmas Storm 'Everywhere'
 
Thousands of homes are without power as rain and winds of up to 87mph blow across the country causing dangerous travel conditions.
 
Dozens of flood alerts are in place as driving rain and winds of up to 80mph sweep across the country, bringing chaos for Christmas travellers. The stormy weather started this morning in the South West and is moving eastwards and northwards as the day continues. Almost all of the UK will be affected by the relentless rain falling on already saturated ground and winds whipping to 70-80mph in eastern and central areas through this afternoon and overnight.
 
Around 3,000 homes are without power in Cornwall and a further 2,000 in other parts of the South West after high winds brought down power lines, according to Western Power Distribution. The spokesman for the Met Office said a new wind speed high had been recorded at Capel Curig in Conwy, North Wales, with gusts blowing at 87mph. Not far behind was Berry Head in Torbay, Devon, with gusts of 76mph.
 
The Dartford QE2 bridge is closed until 4am tomorrow morning and the M48 Severn Bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles. An Essex police spokesman said: "The tunnels will remain open to help maintain the flow of traffic, but congestion is expected so drivers are advised to seek alternative routes if possible or avoid the Thurrock and Dartford areas of Essex and Kent." The Met Office has issued more than 130 amber "be prepared" warnings for London, southeast and southwest England, and South Wales. Eight areas, including four in the South West, have been issued with "immediate action required" flood warnings. Localised flooding is possible and winds of 50-60mph are forecast in inland areas, gusting up to 80mph along the coast.
 
Sky News' weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said rain would be the biggest problem for most people today. "There will be heavy downpours bringing 20-40mm of rainfall quite widely and over 60mm likely across parts of the high ground. "As the rain is falling on already saturated ground that could cause both surface water and river flooding in these areas."
 
But it is the trains that are expected to bear the brunt of the nasty weather and at least 21 train companies are predicting changes to timetables and cancelled services. An emergency go-slow limit of 50mph is likely on many routes. Train bosses say "hundreds of engineers" will be on call over the next two days to deal with any blocked tracks or technical problems. Passengers are being urged to check the latest information before setting out. Network Rail Managing Director Robin Gisby said: "I want to be very clear that our priority is running as many trains as we can safely, rather than worrying about hitting the timetable bang on." Many companies have removed limits on day tickets to deter people from travelling at the height of the bad weather.
 
Virgin Trains is advising passengers to travel before 3pm and says advance tickets for specific trains will be accepted on any service.It says fewer trains than normal will run between London and Manchester, and London and Birmingham - where the 50mph limit is likely to be enforced. South West Trains is another operator warning of "significantly reduced speeds" on its network. Motorists are also being urged to be take special care on the roads and check the flood updates ahead of their journey. The Environment Agency and the AA strongly advise not entering flood water that is moving or more than 10cm deep.
 
David Jordan, Director of Operations at the Environment Agency, said: "Tragically people die because they've taken risks and attempted to drive through flood water just to save a few minutes. "Flood water is dangerous. If there is widespread flooding in your area then don't travel and if a road is closed then turn around and make a detour." The Highways Agency said high-sided vehicles and motorcyclists should be especially careful in the high winds and and has put out a list of potentially treacherous routes. John McTaggart, head of on-road services at the agency, said: "We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor conditions. "In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close certain bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow the clearly signed diversion routes."
 
The RAC is predicting that 13 million people will take to the roads from December 24 to 26. Visitor attractions are also playing it safe, with the popular Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park staying shut on Monday as well as Kew Gardens' Christmas attraction. Festive revellers will get a brief respite from the unsettled weather on Christmas Day and Boxing Day but the stormy conditions are due to return on Friday.

 

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1186299/weather-pre-christmas-storm-everywhere

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Any convective rainfall experts know what I'm looking at (within the black rectangle) on the latest radar grab. This may need watching I imagine for potential violent gusts, hail and thunder.

 

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It's moving through quickly (60mph or so) and sits currently through parts of Gloucester, Worcester, Bristol (as already reported), Could it be a rearward sloping Ana Front?

 

http://weatherfaqs.org.uk/book/export/html/146

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Got to feel sorry for those in parts of Wales right now, this courtesy of BBC online.

 

1448: ITV news reports that the River Cynon in the Rhondda valleys, south Wales, has burst its banks in Aberdare. The Michael Sobell Sports Centre in Aberdare is closed and the A4059 Aberdare bypass has also closed due to flooding at a roundabout near Tesco supermarket, it reports.

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