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Weather: Winds ease after yesterday's severe gales

The most severe winds have eased overnight but it will be another blustery day across the UK.

Winds are easing across Britain after yesterday's severe conditions. Credit: Met Office

Chilly west northwesterly winds will blow across all parts during the rest of the day with speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour and gusts of up to 45 miles per hour.

Sunshine and wintry showers will continue across Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England this morning with sleet and snow over hills and perhaps to low levels in the far north.

Brighter skies to begin with further south but it will turn cloudy this afternoon as a spell of persistent rain spreads into Northern Ireland, Wales and the west of England.

The odd spot of rain will make it across to the east of England but many places will stay dry for now.

Highs of 11 Celsius in London, 7C in Glasgow and Belfast.

Damage from high winds blocks roads and railways

High winds have continued to wreak havoc across the country as fallen trees blocked railway lines, and busy road-bridge routes had to be closed, including the Dartford Crossing QEII Bridge on the M25, the Ouse Bridge on the M62, and the M48 Severn Bridge.

Worsley in Greater Manchester where a 20ft tree had fallen onto a house. Credit: PA

Trains had to run at reduced speed in north west England, with delays of up to an hour in the Warrington Bank. Quay/Oxenholme Lake District area and in the Carnforth area. A tree on the line led to delays between Exeter St Davids in Devon and Taunton in Somerset, while another fallen tree meant hold-ups between Salisbury in Wiltshire and Romsey in Hampshire.

A tree on the line also caused delays to trains between Aylesbury and London. In East Anglia, overhead wire problems between Diss and Stowmarket were causing delays of up to an hour to services between Norwich and Ipswich. To add to commuters' problems, a signalling problem led to delays to trains between Brighton and Haywards Heath in Sussex.

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Man seriously injured as tree falls and crushes car

West Midlands Ambulance Service has confirmed a man has been seriously injured after a tree landed on the car he was driving in Birmingham.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The driver who had numerous injuries including a head injury was trapped in his car. With the help of the fire service, he was freed, placed on a scoop stretcher and, accompanied by the trauma team from the air ambulance, he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

A passing ambulance stopped and its crew began to give help moments after it happened in Shenley Fields Road in Selly Oak shortly before 1.40pm.

Humber Bridge closed as lorry overturns in high wind

The Humber Bridge has been closed completely after a lorry overturned in high winds. Police had earlier closed the bridge to high-sided vehicles.

Humberside Police's road traffic unit later posted: "Very windy on the bridge! But recovery well under way". Drivers in the area reported widespread congestion caused by the closure, which was put in place after the lorry overturned close to one of the bridge's 150-metre high support towers.

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