Storm Doris brings snow, gales and travel disruption – live updates
- Winds of up to 87mph recorded on ‘Doris Day’
- Flights cancelled and warnings of rail delays
- Stormy conditions likely to hit turnout in byelections
Yorkshire and north west England is bracing itself for extreme winds as an amber weather warning has been issued for the whole area including Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Hull, writes Nazia Parveen.
Highways England issued an alert for major roads in the area including the M1 and M62.
Motorists were warned to expect widespread travel disruption, power cuts and flying debris.
High winds of Storm Doris set to continue until 6:00pm. Drivers of high sided vehicles & motorcycles should avoid the coast road if possible
The areas forecast for the worst of the storm include Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland where byelections are taking place. There are fears that the storm could hit turnout.
The byelection in Stoke Central was caused by the resignation of Tristram Hunt. In 2015 he had the lowest electoral mandate of all the MPs in the Commons.
There is one caveat, however. “If you had a January snowstorm”, says John Curtice from the University of Strathclyde, “it would make a difference but for the most part the weather is mildly inclement at these times of year [when general elections are held]. So you might need to take a brolly with you or you might have sunshine but you won’t have a howling gale or snow or serious travel disruption.”
That last point is important. While rain might not put people off voting, difficulties getting to the polling station can. So a truly chaotic storm could affect a result.
There has been no sign yet of the deep snow forecast for parts of Scotland and Northumberland, but some of the higher roads have already had dusting of snow.
Snow falling on the A68 at Soutra at 6.50am this morning. Please take care if heading this way. pic.twitter.com/thXix0Iayb
We have 32 gritters and 7 tractors out on the Network at the moment patrolling and treating where required. Snow possible in all areas
Warnings of violent storm force 11 winds have been issued in the western shipping areas of Rockall, Shannon and Irish Sea. This is just one notch down hurricane force 12 winds.
The phrase “cyclonic severe gale” cropped up a lot in the latest Shipping Forecast.
Speed restrictions have been imposed on the Tay Road and the Forth Road bridges in Scotland.
High Winds – Bridge Closed to Double Decker Buses, 30mph speed restriction in place. (06:57 23/02/2017)
High winds – Speed restriction on bridge (05:19 GMT 23/02/2017)
Welcome to live coverage on the impact of Storm Doris as it hurtles into the UK bringing snow, gusts of up to 87mph winds and widespread travel problems.
You have been warned … the Met Office has issued two amber be prepared warnings – one for up to 30cm of snow in Scotland and parts of Northumberland, and one for winds of up to 80mph in Wales, the Midlands, Northern England and East Anglia.
Source: Guardian Transport