#AceNewsReport – Feb.07: The Met Office has issued several National Severe Weather Warnings for strong winds and heavy rain brought by #StormCiara throughout the weekend, including an Amber warning for southeast England on Sunday. A yellow wind warning has been issued for north-western parts of the UK on Saturday, followed by a yellow wind warning covering the whole UK on Sunday. Named by the Met Office on Wednesday, Storm Ciara is currently tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland.
#StormCiara triggers amber wind warning Met Office Report
Author: Press Office
11:04 (UTC) on Fri 7 Feb 2020
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said: “Storm Ciara will bring damaging winds and heavy rain across the UK this weekend and we have issued a range of severe weather warnings giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm: “Winds will increase through Saturday across Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England and Wales, before turning very windy across the rest of UK through the early hours of Sunday morning. Gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected quite widely across inland areas, with even stronger gusts of 80mph or higher along coastal areas, especially in southeast England and northern Scotland.”
Storm Ciara: People urged to only travel by train if necessary on Sunday MEN NewsDesk report
The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the weekend with severe gales and heavy rain forecast
Northern have said to only travel by rail if necessary on Sunday (Image: MEN)
People are being urged to only travel by train if necessary on Sunday as Storm Ciara hits the UK: A yellow weather alert has been issued warning of severe gales and heavy rain for most of Sunday.
A statement released by Northern said disruption is likely and to only travel by rail if necessary: Passengers travelling between London, the North West, the West Midlands and Cumbria are being warned of slower than usual periods during the stormy weather: Network Rail are planning to introduce 50mph speed limits on the West Coast main line throughout Sunday: Northern services between Barrow and Carlisle will not operate, while services on the Hadfield line will be reduced to hourly: There will also be 50mph limits on the Chiltern Main line, as well as lines in the North West, West Midlands and Cumbria: Some train operators may be allowed to use their tickets booked for Sunday to be used on Saturday or Monday instead.
It said: “Train operators have been advised by Network Rail that due to the forecast strong winds and rain on Sunday (Storm Ciara), there will be likely disruption and cancellations across the network. Services that do run will be have speed restrictions imposed to allow for the safer operation of the railway: “As a result, trains will have to run slower than normal, inevitably incurring delays………….”We are recommending you do not travel this Sunday unless absolutely necessary. If you do travel you should allow additional time to make connections and to complete your journey……………….”We strongly advise that all customers check the status of your service before travelling, as with all disruption events, your travel situation could change at short notice.”
Jake Kelly, Network Rail’s strategic operations and passenger director for the North West & Central region, said: “With the adverse weather forecast this weekend, our plans and decisions are prioritising the safety of passengers and railway staff………….“Our teams have been planning for the likelihood that debris will be blown onto tracks and overhead electric wires………..”We have extra people on the ground at various locations across the region to deal with any disruption. I understand 50mph speed limits on Sunday may be frustrating for some people, but they are a necessary safety precaution when such wild weather is expected……………..“For anyone planning to travel by train this Sunday, expect your journey to take longer than normal.”
Trains will run at speeds of 50mph on Sunday (Image: ABNM Photography)
#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Feb.07: 2020:
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