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UK Storm: London flights cancelled as Britain battered by gales

The storm has taken over the UK with flights from London to Scotland cancelled. Picture: Getty. The storm has taken over the UK with flights from London to Scotland cancelled. Picture: Getty.

Tim Dickens
Thursday, December 5, 2013
10:23 AM

Flights and trains to and from London have been cancelled as the UK storm leaves thousands of passengers stranded.

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Flights from London City Airport to Scotland are affectedFlights from London City Airport to Scotland are affected

Gale forces winds have led to travel chaos as eastern England braces itself for the UK storm.

The Thames Barrier is also due to close tonight as winds up to 100mph and a tidal ‘storm surge’ heads towards the east coast of England.

Flights to and from London City Airport to Scotland and Amsterdam have been affected. Heathrow is also cancelling some flights.

All trains in Scotland are cancelled, including those to London.

Stranded passengers at Euston station today. Pic by @Mizuno_Three/TwitterStranded passengers at Euston station today. Pic by @Mizuno_Three/Twitter

The Environment Agency has issued more than 100 flood alerts for East Anglia, with forecasters predicting the largest ‘surge’ in 30 years.

One would-be air passenger, Kris Haddow, said on Twitter: “Bad news: flight from Glasgow cancelled this morning. Trip to London and Brighton off. Good news: I’m now officially on holiday for 6 weeks!”

Scotland has been battered by winds of up to 114mph in the Highlands. More than 20,000 homes are also without power this morning after gales downed power cables overnight.

John Hutchinson, a senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, said winds were expected to moderate after about 10am but snow was likely to replace rain in northern areas.

“We have a band of heavy rain with some much colder air coming in behind that, especially across northern areas, so there will be snow showers,” he said.

“The colder air is flooding down from the north.”

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Read more about the Big Freeze here and see London in the snow through the decades here

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