Storm Jocelyn: 97mph gusts recorded as heavy winds hit UKon January 24, 2024 at 2:00 pm

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The centre of the storm has passed, although a yellow wind warning remains in Scotland and northern England.

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Storm Jocelyn has been moving across the UK – days after Storm Isha hit and left at least two people dead.

Tuesday was marked by heavy rain in parts, with strong gusts across much of the country on Wednesday morning.

The strongest gust so far, 97mph, was recorded in Capel Curig, north Wales, while in Scotland trains stopped running on Tuesday evening.

The centre of the storm has now passed the UK, and is much weaker than it was on Tuesday night, BBC Weather said.

However, it will remain windy on Wednesday afternoon across Scotland and some of northern England, where a yellow weather warning for wind is in place until 15:00 GMT and gusts of up to 55-65mph are expected.

The weather for the rest of the week looks unremarkable, with some cloud and rain in some areas, but no clear sign of the next named storm – Kathleen – in the forecast.

It has been a particularly stormy autumn and winter, and Storm Jocelyn is the 10th named storm of the season.

The storms have mainly been driven by a powerful jet stream – fast-moving winds high in the atmosphere – crossing the Atlantic, although global phenomena such as the El Niño event also have an impact.

Elsewhere, a search involving coastguard crews, a helicopter and RNLI lifeboats, for a person reported to be in the sea at Porthcawl, south Wales, has resumed after it was suspended overnight.

Both Isha and Jocelyn have disrupted the journeys of many road, rail and air travellers.

ScotRail said a small number of services had resumed on Wednesday, having been suspended on Tuesday evening.

Phil Campbell, ScotRail’s customer operations director, said the company was aware of some damage overnight.

Network Rail Scotland said on Wednesday that most routes have been inspected and re-opened, with most being opened in a controlled manner.

An exception is the Highland Mainline route between Pitlochry and Perth, where river levels are too high for inspection to be possible.

TransPennine Express, which runs services between northern England and Scotland, is advising customers not to travel until noon on Wednesday on its Preston to Glasgow and Preston to Edinburgh routes.

Avanti West Coast said its services to and from Scotland would be cancelled until at least midday on Wednesday.

The storm also caused “major disruption” on Northern Ireland’s road network, an official said, and the main road to Belfast International Airport remained closed on Wednesday. The QE2 bridge at the Dartford Crossing on London’s M25 also shut on Wednesday due to strong wind, but has since reopened.

An image showing wind warnings in Scotland and northern England

In Northern Ireland, power has been restored to 50,000 homes, impacted by Storm Isha, leaving 3,000 customers without electricity, according to NIE Networks.

Elsewhere in the UK, Electricity North West said power has been restored to 96% of customers affected by Storm Isha.

In northern Scotland, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks said that as of 08:00 on Wednesday supplies had been restored to 2,200 customers in the north of Scotland, with just under 2,400 properties currently without.

As of 12:45 on Wednesday there are also 25 flood warnings in place across Scotland as well as 19 in England.

In York, parts of the city have flooded with water levels on the River Ouse already very high, and set to rise further.

Meanwhile, a man who died after the car he was in hit a fallen tree in Scotland during Storm Isha on Sunday has been named as James “Jimmy” Johnstone, 84, from Grangemouth, Stirlingshire. His family described him as a “much loved and well respected family man”.

Information boards at Glasgow Queen Street showing all trains cancelled

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Motorists are being urged to reconsider making journeys where the weather is expected to be the worst, including western and southern Scotland and north-west England.

“With so much heavy rainfall and debris on the roads, driving conditions will be very challenging,” RAC spokeswoman Alice Simpson said.

“We also suggest drivers avoid parking underneath or near to trees,” she added.

Waves crashing at New Brighton beach, Wirral

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Workers remove a tree that fell on an electricity substation on the Kinnaird estate in Larbert

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