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Heavy rain severely disrupts cross-Pennine train services

Stormy weather has brought travel chaos to transport hubs across the UK. Credit: PA Wire

Heavy rain brought severe disruption to cross-Pennine train services, with the main Sheffield to Manchester line remaining closed on Tuesday due to flooding and fallen trees.

Passengers on one of the last services into Sheffield said staff reported several problems on the line, including landslips and standing water.

Meanwhile, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received over 70 calls about flooding on Monday evening.

Further north, North Yorkshire Fire Service said it rescued eight people from cars on Monday evening, as crews were called out to 22 flooding incidents.

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Passengers spend night at sea due to 'extreme weather'

File photo of a ferry battling stormy weather off the UK coast. Credit: PA Wire

Overnight torrential downpours forced passengers onboard a ferry in the Irish Sea to spend the night in howling gales off the Welsh coast.

The Stena Europe ferry which left Ireland at 9am on Monday with 87 passengers and 59 crew, was unable to dock at Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, due to "extreme weather conditions".

After a second unsuccessful attempt to dock, the crew decided to stay at sea overnight. A third attempt to dock is scheduled for midday on Tuesday.

Wind and rain will continue to batter parts of Britain on Tuesday, threatening further travel disruption and chaos.

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.

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Tornado and extreme rainstorms kill 78 people in China

A man stands on the debris of his house after the tornado struck Credit: Reuters

Chinese state media is reporting that dozens of people have died after a tornado and torrential rain struck Jiangsu province on Thursday afternoon.

It has been reported that 78 people have been killed, and around 500 people injured as storms battered the eastern coast of China.

It is believed that of those 500, around 200 people are seriously injured.

Debris of damaged houses in Yangcheng, Jiangsu province Credit: Reuters

Many homes in Yangcheng city, which has taken the brunt of the storms, have been flattened.

Power and communications are down in some areas, and emergency supplies including a thousand tents have been sent to the scene, the civil affairs ministry said in a statement.

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