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Merkel flies in as pressure rises on Turkey over refugees

Turkey has been urged to let in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees trapped at its border in freezing conditions after fleeing fighting and bombing in the city of Aleppo.

The German chancellor Angela Merkel is due in Ankara today for talks with the Turkish government on Syria and the refugee crisis.

Turkey has admitted more than 2.5 million people fleeing the fighting in Syria but is holding the latest refugees in a camp at the border.

ITV News Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent said he has seen fighting over food supplies and thousands sleeping out in the open in freezing conditions during a visit to the camps on the Syrian side of the Turkish border.

But despite witnessing what he described as a "desperate situation" he said it is possible to have "some sympathy" for the Turkish government's position.


Almost 5,000 homes without power after Storm Imogen

Almost 5,000 homes in the South West, Midlands and Wales have been left without power after Storm Imogen hit with hurricane-force winds.

Engineers have been working through the night to restore affected services, Western Power Distribution said.

Storm Imogen felled trees and downed power lines with hurricane-force winds. Credit: ITV Meridian/Sally Ann Simkiss

Almost 300 Environment Agency flood warnings are in place across the UK amid heavy downpours, with 59 warnings calling for "immediate action".

The South West and Wales are expected to see up to more than 1.5ins (40mm) of rain during Monday.

Train travel delayed and disrupted after Storm Imogen

Train travellers across the south and south west have been told to expect delays and disruption after Storm Imogen hit overnight.

South West Trains services between Southampton and Weymouth and between Portsmouth and London are disrupted, while Southern and Great Western Railway services were also affected.

South West Trains services are facing disruption following the overnight storms. Credit: PA Archive

P&O Ferries warned of delays to its cross-Channel service but told passengers to check in as normal while other ferry services were also facing disruption or cancellation.

Storm Imogen batters south coast with winds up to 96mph

Winds of nearly 100mph have battered Britain overnight as Storm Imogen slammed into the south coast.

Top wind speed recorded at The Needles off the Isle of Wight.
Wind speed recorded at St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly, Culdrose in Cornwall and Pembrey in Wales.
Wind speed recorded in stretches of Cornwall.
Consistent wind speed as gales blew along the south coast.

The fierce gusts and torrential downpours forced closure of important transport links, with the M48 Severn Bridge shut in both directions to high-sided vehicles.

Winds crashed high waves at Weston-super-Mare's seafront as Storm Imogen lashed the south of Britain.

Strong winds are expected on the M4 and M5 while a stretch of the A35 bypass at Dorchester closed due to flooding.

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Travel disruption as Storm Imogen batters south Wales

Storm Imogen is hitting much of south Wales disrupting travel and prompting severe weather warnings.

Porthcawl was hit by stormy weather in December. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

There's an amber 'be prepared' warning for the Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Cardiff, Newport, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Torfaen.

Coastguards say winds could reach violent storm 11 along the coast for a time with gusts up to 70mph. The Met Office says very large waves are likely to affect many coastal areas.

The M48 Severn Bridge and the A477 Cleddau bridges are closed and there's a 20 mph speed limit on the Britannia Bridge and it's closed to high-sided vehicles.

Cardiff Airport says there could be disruption.

There are flood warnings along the coast in Gwynedd, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Vale of Glamorgan, Swansea and Newton and Porthcawl.

Both Arriva Trains Wales and Great Western say there are likely to be cancellations and delays because of the stormy weather.

Trains between Cardiff and Llanelli have been cancelled. Cardiff Airport says flights may be disrupted.

Western Power Distribution says more than 300 homes are without power.

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