Thousands of homes without power after Storm Dudley lands in UK

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Thousands of homes were left without power after Storm Dudley swept through parts of the UK.

Capel Curig in Wales saw gusts of up to 81mph, with Emley Moore in West Yorkshire and Drumalbin in South Lanarkshire seeing winds of 74mph.

Northern Powergrid said 1,000 properties still had no lights Thursday morning due to weather.

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“Our crews have restored power to approximately 19,000 homes and businesses affected by Storm Dudley, and we are working to restore lights to approximately 1,000 properties still affected,” a spokesperson said.

As of 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, around 4,000 people would still be without power. Around 14,000 customers were originally affected by the weather but 10,000 had been reconnected.

National Rail said as of 7am on Thursday that dozens of rail companies had been affected across the north of England, the Midlands, Wales and most of Scotland, including LNER, Transport for Wales and ScotRail.

He added that due to damage to overhead power cables between Bedford and St Albans, some lines are currently blocked on the East Midlands Railway and Thameslink lines.

The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings until 10 a.m. Thursday for Scotland, with wintry showers overnight bringing a risk of ice.

It precedes Storm Eunice, which is expected to bring winds above 95 mph to coastal areas, while inland areas could still see gusts to around 80 mph, the weather service added.

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He warned that there is a risk of fallen trees, damage to buildings and disruption to travel following the storm.

The National Highways, together with the Met Office, have issued a severe weather warning for high winds covering the East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands, South East and South West, between 6am and 6pm Friday.

The agency added “there is a particularly high risk of high-sided vehicles and other ‘vulnerable’ vehicles such as caravans and motorbikes being rolled over” in areas such as the east of England , the Midlands, the South East and the South West.

The Environment Agency had put in place two flood warnings on Thursday morning for parts of northern England.

Katharine Smith, flood manager, said: ‘Strong winds could lead to coastal flooding in parts of the west, south west and south coast of England, together with the tidal flow of the River Severn, up to the first Friday morning and early afternoon hours.

“This is due to Storm Eunice bringing high waves and a potential storm surge coinciding with the start of a period of spring tides.”

She said agency crews were making preparations, erecting barriers and clearing screens where flood debris could accumulate.

Green Flag predicted a spike in outages across the country over the next few days.

Mark Newberry, Chief Commercial Officer of Green Flag, said: “Due to these weather conditions, we urge drivers to exercise caution and complete the necessary safety checks before departing on a trip.

“It’s especially important that people are as prepared as possible to withstand the expected high wind speeds and potential snow in some areas.”

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