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Storm Doris stops trains in their tracks

High winds due to Storm Doris has led to fallen trees on train tracks, causing delays on South West Trains services today.

Storm Doris batters the South

The Needles on the Isle of Wight were battered with 82 mile an hour gusts today - as Storm Doris forced flights to be cancelled and brought disruption to ferries and trains. Fallen trees blocked railway lines out of Reading - and between Eastleigh and Winchester. A weather warning remains in place for strong winds into this evening. Here's our report from Mary Stanley.


Storm brings down trees causing travel disruption

High winds due to Storm Doris has led to fallen trees in the region.

The road from the Straight Mile to the junction with Broadcommon Lane in Bracknell is currently closed.

Meanwhile Reading buses has seen diversions because of a fallen tree at Pierces Hill.

Service 33 is currently diverted via Berkshire Drive in both directions.

High winds close Dartford Crossing bridge

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The QEII bridge at the Dartford Crossing is currently closed due to high winds.

Traffic is being diverted through the Dartford Tunnel as gusts of up to 70mph are expected in the area along with heavy rain and surface water.

The bridge carries traffic across the river Thames.

An amber alert for gales has been issued by the Met Office across the South East until 6pm today.

Highways England are warning of particular risk to motorbikes, caravans and high-sided vehicles.

It is expected that the bridge will not reopen until 6pm later today.

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