The UK and Ireland have been left counting the cost of Storm Eleanor after winds tore a destructive trail across the country.Read the full story ›
Winds up to 80mph are set to batter parts of Britain from Tuesday night as Storm Eleanor approaches.Read the full story ›
A yellow warning for ice is in place for most of Wales and central parts of England between 4am and 11am on Monday, the Met Office said.Read the full story ›
Northern Scotland will be worst hit by the storm, but bad weather is also predicted for southern Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland.Read the full story ›
The violent weather has also left around 360,000 homes and businesses without power as the storm's 96mph winds hit Ireland and the UK.Read the full story ›
The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" weather warning ahead of the storm for coastal winds and gusts of up to 80 mph.Read the full story ›
Two powerful cyclones bear down on Australia's northeast coast with winds reaching up to 120mph and evacuations already taking place.Read the full story ›
A group of scientists has launched a project to fully analyse the effect of the recent devastating winter storms on coastlines and communities. Britain has had the wettest winter since national records began in 1910, with "energetic" storms that saw gusts of up to 108mph.
Lasting for 12 months, the 50,000 study has been launched to examine the direct impact of the weather in south west England. It is hoped the project, carried out by scientists from Plymouth University, will help develop adaptation strategies to protect from future storms.
Professor Gerd Masselink, principal investigator at the university's Rapid Coastal Response Unit said: "The coastal impact of this sequence of extreme Atlantic storms has been very significant.
"At several locations, prominent coastal landforms - such as bridges, stacks and arches - have disappeared, suggesting that at least some of the coastal changes will be permanent. However, many changes will turn out to be, in fact, reversible - such is the nature of a dynamic coastline."
The storms that hit the UK this winter caused the greatest loss of trees since 1987 but the damage could have been worse, the National Trust said.
Over 50 National Trust sites have been surveyed with, with many gardeners, rangers and foresters saying that the losses have been the greatest in two decades although other sites had little damage.
Extreme weather is likely to become more frequent as the climate changes and there is a need to plan what trees to grow and where to make woodlands more resilient to the changes, National Trust nature and wildlife specialist Matthew Oates said.
The trust said nowhere had been as devastated as it was in 1987 or 1990 but some sites had lost hundreds of trees including valued ancient specimens.
Many trees were uprooted and blown over rather than snapped off, due to the saturated ground conditions.