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Operation Stack lifted on M20

With severe weather conditions affecting the region, emergency measures were taken by Kent Police. Phase Two of Operation Stack was put in place on the M20 southbound. It meant parts of the motorway were used to queue lorries to avoid causing gridlock across the county's road network. Operation Stack has now been lifted.

Warning to passengers ahead of high winds

Passengers in the South East are being encouraged to check before they travel tomorrow morning following high winds and heavy rain forecast overnight.

With wind speeds in coastal areas expected to rise above 60mph in the early hours of the morning, Network Rail will be running empty trains through the night to check that routes are clear. Chainsaw teams will be on-call to deal with any obstructions, and some early morning trains in coastal areas of Kent and Sussex may be required to run at a reduced speed for part of their journeys.

Some late night trains in parts of the South West Trains network will run at reduced speed tonight, taking longer to complete their journeys.

“We are expecting winds to be at their highest in coastal areas of Kent, Sussex and Hampshire and in the far west of the South West Trains network - between Weymouth and Southampton, and Exeter to Salisbury. Our teams will be working through the night to keep lines clear but we would advise people to check before they travel tomorrow morning with their operator or with National Rail Enquiries.”

– A Network Rail spokesman

Lightning strike hits Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower

The lightning strike hits the tower Credit: Mathew Buxey

Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower was struck by a bolt of lightning during last night’s storm.

The power of Mother Nature Credit: Mathew Buxey

Viewers managed to capture the dramatic moment where Mother Nature showed her power.

The lightning strikes the tower Credit: Gary Birch
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