Cars battle floods in London while commuters brace for travel chaos

Storm Claudio batters Britain: Video shows moment plane makes VERY bumpy landing at Bristol while cars battle flash floods in London… amid warnings of MORE downpours across the South East

  • Much of Britain is forecast to feel the impact of Storm Claudio with strong winds and heavy rain forecast
  • Met Office has issuing yellow weather warning for parts of northern Scotland and the south east of England 
  • French storm caused power cuts in parts of Britain yesterday, with further such disruption expected today
  • Delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely while short-term loss of power is also a possibility

Cars are battling flash floods in London as commuters prepare to face travel chaos in the south east with torrential downpours and gales set to batter the UK – after a plane was forced into a bumpy landing at Bristol Airport.

Much of Britain is forecast to feel the impact of Storm Claudio today with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning for parts of northern Scotland and the south east of England from midnight through to 3pm.

The French storm caused power cuts in parts of Britain yesterday, with further such warnings in place today. 

The Met Office warns delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely while short-term loss of power is also a possibility. 

Chief meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: ’30 to 40mm of rain is expected to fall in some areas, and where it falls over ground already wet from recent rainfall as well as fallen leaves there may be spray and flooding on the roads as well as travel delays.’

He added: ‘Much of the UK can expect a spell of strong southerly winds on Wednesday, but the warning area highlights where gusts of up to 65mph will be and therefore where there are likely to be some travel delays.’

A statement from the Met Office also said: ‘Heavy rain may lead to some travel disruption on your morning commute, particularly in the southeast. A chillier start in the north with some blustery showers pushing in from the south and west.’

It comes after footage emerged of a plane struggling to land amid furious winds at Bristol Airport yesterday afternoon.

Footage emerged of a plane struggling to land amid furious winds caused by Storm Claudio at Bristol Airport yesterday afternoon

A car negotiates a flooded section of the A1 as torrential rain battered London on Wednesday night, with further downpours expected today

Sudden heavy rainfall caused flash floods in Wembley, north west London, on Wednesday evening amid a yellow weather warning for much of the south east

A van drives through flash floods on the A1 in London on Wednesday night after torrential rain caused havoc and travel mayhem

The nose of the plane was pulled awkwardly as the pilots approached the runway, before passengers breathed a huge sigh of relief when the aircraft finally touched down.

Meanwhile, 11 flood alerts and 10 flood warnings were in place across Scotland yesterday as Storm Claudio took hold.

Yesterday, a couple also had to be rescued when their £150,000 yacht moored off Sandbanks capsized in gale force winds, as Storm Claudio brought winds in excess of 80mph across the south coast, toppling trees, battering buildings and leaving hundreds of homes without power.

The man and woman, aged in their 40s, were sleeping onboard the sailing yacht in Poole Harbour, Dorset, when its anchor broke loose at around 11.55pm on Monday, just as Storm Claudico hit the south coast.

An 80mph south westerly winds started to blow the 50ft long vessel, called ‘Juno Lucina’, towards the multi-million pound harbourside homes.

At one stage it was feared the yacht might crash into the private jetties of the mansions before its keel ran aground on a small sandbar, tipping it onto its side.

Earlier that evening, eight people had to be airlifted to safety from a sailing boat off the Cornish coast on Monday in the ‘extremely rough and unpredictable’ weather.

A section of Brighton’s iconic West Pier was destroyed during the storm. The pier, which now stands as a ruin after being closed to the public in 1975, has partially collapsed into the sea.

Flash flooding also hit the south coast with a driver wading through high waters near Branksome Beach, Poole, Dorseton Wednesday

Waves crash over Porthcawl Lighthouse and pier, Wales, as Storm Claudio bring heavy rain and strong winds today

The £150,000 luxury yacht’s (pictured) keel ran aground on a small sandbar in Poole, Dorset, tipping it onto its side due to the 80mph winds brought by Storm Claudico

A pre-school in Devon was evacuated on Tuesday afternoon after a suspected lightning strike. Fire services were called out to Willand Pre-school at 2.20pm on Tuesday after a small fire was found in an office there.

The windy weather also caused two giant baubles to bounce down London ‘s Tottenham Court Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning .

The enormous baubles caused chaos amongst traffic with one appearing to blow into a moving car as the Met Office announced the arrival of Storm Claudio, which brought gales of up to 70mph in parts of the country.

They are reportedly part of an art installation by artist Tom Shannon which was due to remain on display in St Giles’ Square until Friday.

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