One killed as strong winds bring travel chaos to parts of UK

epa01280819 Wind-whipped waves lash the harbour wall in the coastal town of Porthcawl, south Wales 10 March 2008 as many parts of the United Kingdom are battered rain and fierce winds. Winds of up to 130kmh have been reported and weather forecasters have warned that worse may be to come. EPA/STEPHEN CHATTERLEY UK AND IRELAND OUT

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One woman has been killed after gusts of up to 109mph battered the United Kingdom, amid weather warnings from the Met Office.

Transport connections have been disrupted, with ferries unable to dock at Dover Port due to the inclement conditions.

A driver, who is believed to be in her 60s, was pronounced dead in Wimborne, Dorset shortly after 8.40am on Saturday.

Dorset Police said it is understood a tree had fallen on the grey Ford B-Max.

South Western Railways said a number of trees blocked the line between Woking and Weymouth on Saturday morning. It warned services could be delayed or cancelled.

P&O said Dover Harbour was closed while DFDS said ships were unable to proceed into the port because of high winds.

The Met Office said gusts of 83mph were recorded in Plymouth and 82mph in Culdrose, Cornwall. It issued a number of rain and wind warnings across the south of England and Wales on Saturday, while a band of rain moved across northern Scotland.

The strongest gust of wind recorded on Saturday was 109mph at the Needles on the Isle of Wight.

Met Office said inland winds of 40mph to 55mph had been reported, with some areas seeing gusts of up to 60mph.


Via ITV News

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