Storm Doris causes train chaos between Dacorum and London

Doris Day and Storm Doris

As Doris hit, Peel Ports in Liverpool announced on Twitter that the city's port had been closed due to "100mph gusts of wind". Trains are now not leaving London Euston. Traffic Scotland has urged motorist to consider alternative routes.

A top wind speed of 94mph was recorded in Capel Curig, North Wales, on Thursday morning, the Met Office said.

Travel disruption is expected to hit the major networks such as road, train and ferry.

A Met Office amber "be prepared" warning has been issued as a result.

The storm is expected to peak at around midday but gale-force gusts and torrential rain are already causing chaos across many counties.

Storm Doris slammed into the British Isles on Thursday (Feb 23), causing flight disruptions at Europe's busiest air hub and train cancellations.

It also announced that the Port of Sheerness, one of the UK's leading auto and fresh produce importers, has also had to close due to the high winds.

By noon the worst of Storm Doris had passed over Ireland and conditions across the island started to improve.

"We have also had staff out on the ground checking assets, removing any blockages from watercourses and clearing debris screens prior to tomorrow's rainfall".

Flood alerts remain in place this morning for the Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water Upper, River Eden and Rivers Caldew and Petteril.

Those having to travel are advised to take care especially if driving high sided vehicles.

Friday: Yellow warning of ice valid until 9am for all of Cumbria.

At least a dozen flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom were cancelled due to the storm while many early morning departures were delayed due to wind conditions.

National Rail said fallen trees, objects caught in overhead wires, heavy rain, flooding and debris on tracks were causing delays to several services across the country. It will be a very unsettled day of weather so make sure you keep up to date with your local forecast and any weather warnings for your area'.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Accumulations of 10 to 15cm are likely quite widely, with 20 to 30cm falling on hills above 300 metres".

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