Storm Franklin is continuing to hammer parts of the UK with strong winds and heavy rain.
There is severe flooding in parts of Northern Ireland and hundreds of flood warnings remain in place across England and Wales.
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Storm Franklin has taken an incredible 7,000+ km journey out of the USA and across the Atlantic to deliver very strong winds to Europe.
Franklin is the third European wind storm this week. pic.twitter.com/7TisY4f5Xo
— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) February 20, 2022
“Severe disruption” means Network Rail is advising customers to check before they travel.
Franklin comes days after Storm Eunice killed three people and left 1.4 million homes without power.
The highest wind gust speeds on Monday morning reached 79mph in Capel Curig in Wales, and 78mph in Orlock Head, Northern Ireland.
The Met Office issued two weather warnings for Monday: an amber warning for wind in Northern Ireland, and a milder yellow warning for wind covering Wales, Northern Ireland, most of England and parts of south-west Scotland.
🌊Storm Franklin and Big waves at Malin Head today 🌊
— Donegal Weather Channel (@DonegalWeatherC) February 20, 2022
Storm Franklin is the third named storm in a week – following Dudley and Eunice – the first time this has happened since the storm-naming system was introduced in 2015.
People have been warned to stay away from rivers in Yorkshire and homes were evacuated with roads and bridges closed because of widespread flooding.
Manchester Airport diverted nine flights on Monday morning because of storm winds. It is understood the planes were holding to land before being diverted, but the airport says the weather has not affected departures.
British Airways has said winds have made it difficult to unload baggage from its planes – causing delays for passengers after landing.
The airline has also struggled to land and restock planes on time, affecting inbound and outbound movements.
Elsewhere, the O2 arena in London will remain closed until Friday, when a UB40 concert is expected to go ahead as planned, after Storm Eunice shredded sections of the roof.
More than 10,000 homes in the south east of England remain without power. Jane Rosam from Kent told the BBC her 100-year-old neighbour had been without power since Friday lunchtime.
“We are terrified that she will fall or get ill. The house is cold and the lack of care and concern from the power network is shamefully awful,” she said.
In Devon and Cornwall, Caroline Bullock and her mother, 91, have been without power, heating, and drinking water since Friday and have been relying on friends to deliver food.
Football pitches were left under meters of water in Castlederg, and 3,000 homes are still without power according to Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE).
NIE said at its peak there were 10,000 homes without power during the early hours of Monday morning.
Parts of the River Severn and the Bristol Channel coast are on flood alert and emergency teams have erected flood barriers to try to stop the waters from reaching homes.
National Resources Wales (NRW) has issued 10 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and 18 flood alerts, meaning it is possible.
County councillor Karl Lewis said Llandinam in Powys, central Wales, had been left looking like a “disaster zone”.
The M48 Severn Bridge remains closed in both directions. As does the QE2 bridge at Dartford with long delays reported on both sides.
Elsewhere on the roads, in Greater Manchester, a stretch of the M60 has been closed because of an overturned HGV.
⚠️THIRD storm of the week has just been named.
This is Storm Franklin… pic.twitter.com/QSaq4eV8Km
— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) February 20, 2022
Eighteen flood warnings and seven alerts have also been issued across the Scottish Borders, Ayrshire, Orkney and the Western Isles by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
National Rail is advising customers to check their routes before travelling, with several companies expected to be affected.
CrossCountry trains, which runs services from Aberdeen, through Birmingham and to the South West, is “strongly recommending” that people do not travel.
Great Western Railway (GWR), CrossCountry, South Western Railway, and Southeastern railway are “strongly” advising against travel, with disruption on routes expected.
Chiltern Railways has warned disruption will continue into Tuesday morning, “including trains and carriages being in the wrong places”
In West Yorkshire, the Thackley railway tunnel has been closed due to flooding.
And Rotherham Central station will remain closed until at least Tuesday – a picture shared by Leeds City Station on Twitter shows the extent of the track flooding. [BBC]
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