Storm Babet batters Britain as rivers burst, rail lines flood and lighthouse dome swept away
Large parts of the UK have been hit by transport disruption due to heavy rain and strong winds from Storm Babet.
Several major roads have been closed, rail lines blocked and flights grounded by the severe weather.
Traffic Scotland said those affected include the A9 Jubilee Bridge near Dunkeld, Perthshire; the A85 at Huntingtower near Perth and the A90 from Forfar, Angus to Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. National Highways said the A15 Humber Bridge between North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire is closed in both directions to “high-sided and vulnerable vehicles” due to strong winds.
No trains are running between Derby and Sheffield or Nottingham; between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley; between Shrewsbury and Hereford/Wolverhampton; between Hereford and Birmingham New Street; between Chester and Crewe; or between Wrexham Central and Bidston. ScotRail said train services remain suspended on several routes in north and north-east Scotland.
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis issued a warning to motorists, saying: “Drivers should never attempt to drive through floodwater as the risks are just too great.”
Meanwhile, passengers had to be evacuated from a TUI plane from Corfu after it came off the runway at Leeds Bradford Airport as it attempted to land in windy conditions.
Man in 60s dies in fast-flowing water
A man in his 60s died after getting caught in fast-flowing flood water from a brook that breached a road in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire on Friday morning, West Mercia Police said.
The force said members of the public reported a man going under the water shortly before 10.40am.
Officers from West Mercia Police and Shropshire Fire and Rescue quickly attended but he was found dead at 12.35pm.
Formal identification has yet to take place but the family have been informed and are being supported by officers.
Jane Dalton20 October 2023 17:08
Flood waters cut off village, leaving no emergency vehicle access
A village in the worst affected region of Scotland has been completely cut off, authorities say.
There is now no emergency access except via helicopter to Edzell, near Brechin, according to Angus Council.
Council officials say they are working with a local flood group to provide support and a rest centre has been set up there.
Jacqui Semple, the council’s lead for…