Heavy rain and strong winds cause further chaos after Storm Angus


Wind and rain will continue to blight parts of Britain threatening further travel chaos after torrential downpours caused flash-flooding and disruption across most of the country.

Passengers on board a ferry in the Irish Sea were forced to spend the night in howling gales off the Welsh coast after it was deemed too dangerous to attempt to dock, while hundreds of homes were left without power in the North East.

There were also reports of stranded motorists needing rescue by emergency services from Devon and Cornwall to Tyne and Wear, while the deluge closed roads and schools, homes flooded, and railway lines were engulfed in the wake of Storm Angus.

Search teams have been waiting for conditions to improve to resume an operation to find a pensioner who went missing in South Wales.

The search for 69-year-old Russell Sherwood, who disappeared during Storm Angus, is expected to resume on Tuesday, after fading light and treacherous weather conditions halted efforts.

A total of 75 flood warnings commanding immediate action were issued to parts of the North West, North East, South West, Midlands and East Anglia on Tuesday morning along with 217 flood alerts across the country.

Wind warnings issued by the Met Office were due to stay in place into Tuesday morning, with gusts of up to 70mph recorded on the Isle of Wight.

Arriva Trains Wales, CrossCountry, East Midland Trains, Great Western Railway, Northern, South West Trains and the TransPennine Express warned passengers of major delays on some routes.

Storm Angus bus
(Ben Birchall/PA)

Highways England said the A14 was closed in Suffolk at Orwell Bridge due to high winds while flooding had closed part of the A19 near York because of flooding.

Conditions are due to improve into Wednesday, with colder nights expected under clearer skies.