UK battered by storms: As it happened

Key points

  • Forecasters are warning of gusts of up to 70mph on the west coast of Britain, in south-east England and the east coast of Northern Ireland.
  • More than 100 flood warnings, meaning "flooding is expected", are in place in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Three severe flood warnings, meaning "danger to life", are in place.
  • National Rail says weather conditions are disrupting some services
  • Major roads in areas such as Pembrokeshire, West Sussex, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Devon are closed because of flooding.
  • Risk of severe gales as Monday's storm gathers momentum during the afternoon

Live text


  • Anna Browning 
  • Nigel Pankhurst 
  • Marie Jackson 

Last updated 6 January 2014


Good morning and welcome to our coverage of all the latest news about the severe weather as parts of the UK face another day being battered by fierce winds and colossal waves. And there are more warnings of flooding in England, Scotland and Wales, with the worst of it expected in western and southern areas.


For a sense of scale of the likely problems ahead today, the Environment Agency has issued flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected - in 94 areas in England and Wales. A severe flood warning is in place in Lower Stour, in Dorset, which means there is a significant risk to life.


Coastal winds are expected to be particularly dangerous today too. The Met Office is warning of gusts of up to 70mph on Britain's west coast, the south-east of England and the east coast of Northern Ireland. These are likely to whip up waves which could reach up to 10m high in western Scotland, Wales and south-west England.


The morning commute for some will take longer than usual because of the severe weather. We'll try to keep you updated on the latest travel situation through the morning. In Virginia Water, Surrey, there's a tree on the line so South West Trains are warning of delays.


In rural Dorset, drivers are facing problems caused by flooding around Blandford, Milbourne St Andrew and Stoborough.


South West Trains tweets: NEW: Delays between #Fulwell and Shepperton until further notice

TWEET Environment Agency

NEW Flood warning for Middle Avon at the Close & the Friary, plus Salisbury College, Salisbury


Workers lay sandbags

With more bad weather forecast, Environment Agency workers were out laying sandbags next to the River Thames on Osney Island in Oxford on Sunday.

TWEET Environment Agency

tweets: NEW Flood warning for today's 1100 high tide at Preston Beach & two hours after