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St Jude storm causes widespread flooding, travel disruption and power cuts

The intense storm, named St Jude after the feast day of the patron saint of lost causes, caused chaos across the south-west on Sunday night. Thousands have been affected by the flooding, travel disruption and power cuts and the Environmental Agency has issued 14 flood warnings for the south-west and 146 flood alerts for the rest of England and Wales.

According to Chris Burton, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the storm is moving in a large swathe across the country.

“The strongest winds have hit 99mph in exposed areas of the Isle of Wright. Elsewhere it has reached 80mph in Portland in Dorset and 75mph at Yeovilton in Somerset, but gusts are widely reaching 50mph,” He conveyed.

Many rail companies in the south of England have suspended early morning services in order to carry out necessary safety checks. Despite the fact that more than 50 railway line blockages caused by falling trees have been cleared, more are expected to be found by special trains being used to clear the tracks.

The Guardian has reported 60 cancelled flights at Heathrow airport and widespread power cuts in the Bristol and Bath area. UK Energy Networks has confirmed that 220,000 homes have been left without power as a result of the storm and the roads have also been severely affected.

Both Severn bridges on the M25 and A249 have been closed. The Guardian also reports widespread reports of road blocks or closures in Cornwall, Hampshire, Sussex and Dorset.

Assistant chief constable for Devon and Cornwall Police told the BBC: “We have put out over 100 extra police officers, including over 50 special constables. I am pleased to say that the majority of incidents are those reported by our own staff and other agencies out on the road, so it does seem that the public have taken to heart the advice we have been giving out over the weekend.”

After being swept out to sea in Newhaven, East Sussex on Sunday, a 14-year-old boy is feared dead. The search for him is expected to resume on Monday morning.






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