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Thousands of air passengers face severe travel disruption

Thousands of air passengers face severe travel disruption today after flights were cancelled due to high winds and heavy rain.

Heathrow staff said 10% of flights with the 20 biggest carriers into and out of the London airport will be cancelled, as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo arrive in the UK.

Gusts of up to 75mph in coastal areas and 65mph inland will tear across much of the country bringing disruption to many areas, particularly to those needing to travel.

A Heathrow spokesman said, "There will be some cancellations, around 10% of flights are affected at Heathrow. We do not know exactly how many passengers or flights that will have an impact on.

The Met Office has issued a low level "yellow" weather warning.

A spokesman said, "The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday as the low pressure clears eastwards. There remains the potential for localised disruption to travel, especially as the strongest winds will coincide with rush hour in places. Fallen leaves impeding drainage increases the risk of surface water affecting roads, while some damage to trees is possible, given that many are still in full leaf."

Hurricane Gonzalo last week caused widespread damage and a power blackout when it hit Bermuda.


Drivers warned about deer during rutting season

Driver and riders are being warned to take extra care to avoid collisions with deer during the rutting season

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Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist deer are on the move as October is breeding time, and that means deer will be more prevalent.

They added that deer are at their most active at dawn and dusk, so their activity coincides with times when the roads are at their busiest, through the morning and evening rush hours.

It's believed there's a deer population in the UK of more than two million, and recent research shows around 75,000 are involved in vehicle collisions each year, with 10,000 killed instantly.

The human death toll from deer collisions ranges between 10 and 20 annually, and industry estimates put the cost of damage to vehicles alone to be at least £17 million.


Strong winds and rain cause travel disruption

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning Credit: ITV NEWS

Service is suspended on Hovertravel between Ryde and Southsea due to adverse weather conditions.

Strong winds cause Heathrow Airport to cancel some flights

The airport is advising passengers to check before they head to the airport Credit: ITV NEWS

Heathrow is advising passengers to check before they head to the airport as the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo brings heavy rain and strong winds.

Gusts of up to 80 miles per hour are expected and the Met Office has issued a "yellow" weather warning. Up to 10 % of flights could be cancelled.

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