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Hurricane Gonzalo: Disruption as remnants of storm hit UK

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Rain and high winds are causing travel disruption, as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit the UK.

Gusts of up to 70mph have been recorded in north Wales and the Isle of Wight, and a Met Office wind warning is in place for much of the UK. Some flights have been cancelled at Heathrow, but other airports are reporting no major problems.

Forecasters said gales would move east across the UK, with heavy rain in some areas and snow on some Scottish hills.

BBC Weather’s Carol Kirkwood said the wind could be strong enough to do “slight structural damage” to properties, as well as uprooting small trees and causing branches to fall.

She said the strongest winds on Tuesday morning would be in western Scotland, the north and east of Northern Ireland, north-west England and north Wales.

Some drivers are facing disruption on the roads due to fallen trees and high winds, and there are delays and cancellations on many ferry services.

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Large waves hit the seafront at Blackpool

Large waves hit the seafront at Blackpool, where gusts of 60-70mph were recorded

Storm clouds over a field and a row of houses

Forecasters said there would be some sunshine as well as storm clouds, seen here over Bolton

Heathrow says 110 flights have been cancelled so far and that figure includes Lufthansa flights disrupted by a pilots’ strike. This is less than 10% of its usual daily total of about 1,286 flights.

Among other UK airports, Gatwick said it did not “anticipate any disruption”, Stansted said it was “operating normally” and Manchester said its only cancellations by 09:00 BST had been due to issues at other airports, mostly Heathrow.

Edinburgh Airport said its only cancellations by 09:00 BST were flights to Heathrow.

There have not been reports of widespread train delays, but South West Trains tweeted that it was “experiencing poor rail adhesion” - meaning “trains have had trouble accelerating as the wheels slip when applying power”.

A check-in queue at Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport said less than 10% of its flights had been cancelled

In other developments:

Two lorries - including one carrying wine and spirits - overturned on major routes in Cambridgeshire

Skye Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge have been closed to high-sided vehicles

Several roads are blocked in Wales, where there are speed restrictions on parts of the M4 and several bridges

Roads around Yorkshire’s tallest building could close for safety reasons

Many ferries have been cancelled, including some services in western Scotland and across the Irish Sea

Gusts of 60-70mph have been reported on Blackpool Promenade

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning and several flood alerts

Lorry overturned on A1(M)

A lorry overturned on the A1(M) south of Peterborough at about 05:30 BST, blocking all southbound lanes

Speaking from County Down, BBC Ireland correspondent Chris Buckler said the storm had been “rough enough” but had not hit “quite as hard as many had feared”.

There had been high winds but not much disruption in Northern Ireland, he said.

Gonzalo caused widespread damage and a power blackout when it hit the island of Bermuda last week, with winds of up to 110mph.

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