Storm Franklin: Yellow and amber warnings given to UK
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Pictures showed the tracks at Rotherham station completely flooded up to platform level on Monday morning. Northern Rail said that no trains would be able to call at the station for the rest of the day after the track was submerged. Customers were advised not to travel and told the station would be closed until at least Tuesday.
Bus replacements were also unable to be provided due to the bad weather conditions.
Northern Rail said on Twitter: “ROTHERHAM FLOODING: Trains are unable to call at Rotherham for the rest of the day.
“Bus replacements are sadly unable to be provided; customers are advised DO NOT TRAVEL.”
People have been warned against travel throughout the UK as Storm Franklin hits the country, bringing yet more chaos after Storm Eunice and Storm Dudley battered Britain over the past week.
The third storm to strike the country in four days, the Met Office has warned that Storm Franklin will bring 75mph winds and torrential rain as the UK reels from the bad weather caused by Storm Eunice over the weekend.
The storms have already caused days of travel chaos, flooded homes and left 1.4 million people without power.
Trains were also cancelled until the end of the day on Monday between Sheffield and Doncaster due to flooding.
The River Don in South Yorkshire burst its banks at Sprotbrough, Doncaster on Sunday following heavy rain over the weekend.
Local residents were forced to evacuate their homes, according to South Yorkshire Police.
There have been severe disruptions to other routes in the North West of the country and throughout Yorkshire with transport between cities including Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle affected.
Northern Rail said: “Our advice is not to attempt to travel as we are unable to provide alternative transport.”
The line between Leeds and Shipley was also blocked by the storm affecting services at Leeds, Skipton, Ilkey and Bradford.
Customers were also advised to avoid travel between Manchester and Leeds and Blackpool and Leeds over the weekend due to flooding caused first by Storm Eunice and later Storm Franklin.
National Rail is advising travellers to check their routes before travelling and other operators including Southeastern railway and CrossCountry trains are “strongly advising against travel”.
Over 450 flood warnings and alerts have been issued in England, Scotland and Wales on Monday as Storm Franklin began closing in on the UK.
The third storm to hit the UK in less than a week, Storm Franklin followed close on the tail of Dudley and Eunice and threatened the clean up following days of bad weather.
There were a total of 455 flood warnings and alerts in place in Britain as of 5am Monday morning.
Two of these are severe flood warnings, meaning there is danger to life.
Both of these have been issued on the River Mersey, according to England’s Environment Agency.
The first is at East Didsbury and the second at West Didsbury & Northenden.
A further 183 warnings, in which flooding is expected, and 172 alerts, where flooding is possible, have been issued across England.
There has also been severe flooding in Northern Ireland and Wales, where seven people were rescued by boat after their homes were submerged.
Alerts and warnings have been issued across Wales and Scotland however none of these warnings are severe.
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for Northern Ireland which was set to last until 7am Monday.
There is a yellow warning in place until 1pm Monday which is expected to affect much of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the south west of Scotland.
Tens of thousands of people were still without electricity on Monday. Storm Eunice has reportedly caused around £300,000 worth of damage.
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The Met Office said: “Winds are likely to strengthen across England and Wales on Sunday, as an increasingly squally band of rain moves south eastward.
“Gusts of 55-60 mph are expected widely around south and west facing coasts, but possibly also briefly inland.
“There is a chance that a few exposed places could see gusts near 70 mph.
“Strong gusts associated with blustery wintry showers will follow from the north.
“A swathe of very strong winds will reach Northern Ireland later Sunday evening in association with Storm Franklin.
“These very strong winds will spread to many other western, central and southern areas of the UK overnight and early Monday, with gusts widely 50-60 mph, whilst west facing coastal districts will see gusts of 65-75 mph and perhaps 80 mph briefly near north coast of Northern Ireland.
“In the south these strong winds may hamper, or slow, ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of Storm Eunice.
“Winds will ease steadily from the northwest during the remainder of Monday.”
The storms have claimed the lives of three people since they hit the UK last week.
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