People lean into the powerful winds  – Image: Getty Images

Powerful winds with snow and thunder strikes could combine in Scotland on Monday as Storm Ciara continues to wreak havoc across the UK today with powerful winds that will cause chaos on the roads and rails.

Today’s edition of The Mirror reports: “Britain faces fush hour chaos tomorrow morning after 105 mph Storm Ciara battered the country.

“Trees were toppled and debris was blown across roads as the 1,000 mile-wide weather front caused hurricane-force winds and 50ft waves.

“As the clear up effort continues tomorrow, more than 7,000 RAC call-outs and dozens of rail cancellations are expected.”

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “”Monday morning rush-hour will see knock-on impacts of Ciara, with routes closed and debris on roads.

“More accidents are expected. Slow down and allow extra time for journeys.”

Gale force winds are expected to continue on Monday.

“An inch of snow is expected to fall on low levels and eight inches on higher ground, with drifts over 4ft high blocking roads.

“Gusts today have hit 105mph in Scotland, 96mph in northern England and 81mph on the Isle of Wight,” the report said.

“They will continue to wreak havoc over night, with wind speeds unlikely to dip at all during early Monday morning or afternoon.

Huge waves lashing the Ayrshire coast at Ardrossan – Image: PA

“The power of the storm has caused hundreds of people to be evacuated from their homes in Blackpool, where the winds have caused the famous Big Wheel to rotate on its own,” the report added.

“The M11 has been thrown into traffic chaos in Cambridgshire due to the roof of a hangar which has threatened to blow off into the road.
“In Stanmore, London a crane was snapped in half in the winds.

“Storm Ciara even tore off the blades of the Burgh Le Marsh windmill in Lincolnshire.

“Trains were delayed in Kent when a trampoline blew onto the lines near Bickley.

“The Humber Bridge, which connects East Riding of Yorkshire with North Lincolnshire, was closed to all traffic and pedestrians for only the second time in its history,” the report added.

“A red ‘danger to life’ warning has flagged the River Nidd at Pateley Bridge and Bewerley in north Yorkshire as the river over-tops flood defences.

“More than 400 flood warnings and alerts had been issued across the UK as of Sunday afternoon as homes and businesses were in danger of being inundated by swollen streams.

“Trees across the country collapsed or snapped in half, causing immense travel difficulty.

“Forecasters have announced that Ciara is the most powerful storm since the Met Office began naming storms in 2015.

“It is the strongest storm since 2013, which saw the St Jude’s Day storm and Christmas gale chaos.

“A hotel in Scotland collapsed as the river below it swelled into a torrent.”

John Hammond of weathertrending, an ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster, said: “It’s the wildest weather of winter and it’ll feel the coldest it has all winter.

“Strong winds will blow wintry showers right across the country, with sleet flurries for the South and East.

“North-West Scotland’s hills will get a battering by snow, with blizzards and metres of snow on higher mountains. Scotland’s ski season will finally be up and running.”

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