Floods and high winds from Storm Angus brings chaos to the UK

Wind and rain will continue to blight parts of Britain threatening further travel chaos after torrential downpours caused flash-flooding and disruption across most of the country.

Floods and high winds from Storm Angus brings chaos to the UK

Wind and rain will continue to blight parts of Britain threatening further travel chaos after torrential downpours caused flash-flooding and disruption across most of the country.

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There were also reports of stranded motorists needing rescue by emergency services from Devon and Cornwall to Tyne and Wear, while the deluge closed roads and schools, homes flooded, and railway lines were engulfed in the wake of Storm Angus.

Locals in Todmorden, North Yorkshire and Hebden Bridge in East Yorkshire, reported hearing flood sirens on Monday evening as the Environment Agency issued fresh warnings.

Meanwhile search teams were waiting for conditions to improve to resume an operation to find a pensioner who went missing in South Wales.

A total of 75 flood warnings commanding immediate action were issued to parts of the North West, North East, South West, Midland and East Anglia on Tuesday morning along with 217 flood alerts across the country.

Wind warnings issued by the Met Office were due to stay in place into Tuesday morning, with gusts of up to 70mph recorded on the Isle of Wight.

Arriva Trains Wales, CrossCountry, East Midland Trains, Great Western Railway, Northern, South West Trains and the TransPennine Express warned passengers of major delays on some routes.

Highways England said the A14 was closed in Suffolk at Orwell Bridge due to high winds while flooding had closed part of the A19 near York because of flooding.

Squally weather is due to persist throughout Tuesday, with gusts of around 50mph expected to continue over higher ground and coastal areas in the South East, forecaster Greg Dewhurst said.

"We have seen the area of low pressure that brought heavy rain to the south and west moving into southern Scotland and the North East overnight.

"Throughout today the wet and windy weather within that low pressure area will slowly move into the North Sea.

"Behind this most places will still see showers, some heavy but getting lighter during the day. Away from the low pressure we should see some sunshine around Northern Ireland and western Scotland."

A yellow warning of rain in force over a broad area of the North East lifted at 6am along with a yellow warning of wind covering the Scottish Borders and much of Cumbria.

A further yellow warning of winds up to 70-80mph covering coasts in the South East will lift at 9am.

Gusts of between 50-60mph are forecast to continue through the area throughout Tuesday, with 40-50mph expected over higher ground and 20-30mph inland.

Temperatures are expected to peak at 10C (50F) - 12C (53.6F) in southern areas and 4C (39.2F) - -6C (43F) in northern parts.

More than 70 flood warnings were put in place across the South West, the Midlands, North East, North West, Wales and the East of England by the Environment Agency on Monday evening, with a further 215 flood alerts issued across England and Wales.

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The company said 87 passengers and 59 crew members remained on board the vessel overnight and stressed the health and safety of all on board is "paramount".

Police in South Wales looking for 69-year-old Russell Sherwood who disappeared during Storm Angus are expected to resume the search for the pensioner on Tuesday, after fading light and treacherous weather conditions halted efforts. On Monday teams scoured the River Ogmore and routes he may have driven along near Neath.

Conditions are due to improve into Wednesday as the unsettled conditions pass, with colder nights expected under clearer skies.

The mercury could dip to minus 5C (23F) in the Scottish Highlands, while many could wake up to frost on Wednesday.

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