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Man in 60s dies in road accident involving fallen tree

A man in his 60s has died in a road collision involving two vans and a fallen tree in Limavady, County Londonderry, on Sunday night, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has said.

A statement from the police said:

A man in his 60s has died in a collision on Broad Road in Limavady. He was the driver of a Vauxhall Vivaro van which was involved in a collision with a fallen tree and another vehicle at around 9.45pm on Sunday 21 January.

The male driver of the other van involved, a Citreon Berlingo, has been taken to hospital for treatment. The road was closed for a time but has now reopened.

You can read a full statement and appeal below.

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Thank you for reading the Guardian’s live coverage of Storm Isha. Here is a short summary of some of the day’s main developments:

  • An 84-year-old man has died during Storm Isha after the car he was a passenger in crashed into a fallen tree in Grangemouth on Sunday, according to Police Scotland.

  • A man in his 60s has died in a road collision involving two vans and a fallen tree in Limavady, County Londonderry, on Sunday night, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has said.

  • A number of people had to be rescued by firefighters from flooded roads in the Yorkshire Dales. North Yorkshire fire and rescue service said responders were sent to Morton Bridge, Morton-on-Swale, in the early hours of Monday to help people from four trapped vehicles.

  • ScotRail services across Scotland will be suspended from 7pm on Tuesday as Storm Jocelyn hits the UK and there will be no rush hour services the following morning, the railway operator has said.

  • Among the strongest wind gusts produced by Storm Isha so far is at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland, which recorded a high of 99mph. The village of Capel Curig in Snowdonia recorded gusts of 90mph while Needles Old Battery weather station on the Isle of White recorded a gust of 86mph

  • High winds have caused flight cancellations and diversions. One flight travelling from Sharm El Sheikh to Glasgow airport declared an emergency due to Storm Isha. A spokesperson for Glasgow airport said the TUI flight was “diverted to Manchester due to current weather conditions” late on Sunday.

  • ESB Networks reported more than 170,000 properties in Ireland were without power while Electricity North West said crews had been stood down due to the conditions with almost 8,000 homes losing power. The company said expected restoration times had been pushed back to 5pm on Tuesday.

  • The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the weather was putting “significant pressure” on the 999 system and urged people to report non-emergencies online or by calling 101.

  • Stretches of the M9 and M74 were among roads closed throughout the night, Traffic Scotland says, while the A1 southbound was closed at Thorntonloch due to an overturned lorry.

  • The remains of a garden shed were blown on to the line at Bellgrove station in Glasgow, Network Rail says, and a small fire broke out after a tree fell on overhead wires in Gartcosh, in Cumbernauld.

  • The “destructive” storm-force winds have damaged overhead power lines in the north of Scotland, affecting supplies for more than 20,000 Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution customers in the area. SSEN said, as of 8.45am, supplies had been restored to more than 17,500 customers, with 10,500 properties off supply.

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ScotRail services across Scotland will be suspended from 7pm on Tuesday as Storm Jocelyn hits the UK and there will be no rush hour services the following morning, the railway operator has said.

Phil Campbell, the ScotRail customer operations director, said:

The heavy wind and ongoing rain hitting most parts of the country mean that it will not be safe for our customers and our staff, and all ScotRail train services will be suspended from 7pm tomorrow.

This is the second withdrawal of train services this week, and we know the impact this has on customers, but the safety of staff and passengers will always be our priority.

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Here are a couple more images of the cleanup from Storm Isha, which has forced some roads to close and led to at least three deaths.

Crews from ESB Networks put road closures in place near Galway airport as they work to repair power lines damaged during Storm Isha. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA
A tree surgeon removes a fallen tree from cars during Storm Isha in Linlithgow, West Lothian. Photograph: Lesley Martin/Reuters

A spell of strong winds associated with Storm Jocelyn is expected to affect western and northern Scotland from Tuesday evening, the Met Office has said, issuing an amber weather warning.

The forcaster also issued a yellow warning in some other parts of the UK, which is expected to lead to some localised disruption.

Winds in northern Scotland are likely to reach 55-65mph quite widely, and there is potential for gusts of 75 to 80mph in a few places, in particular exposed parts of the Western Isles and coastal northern Scotland, according to the forecaster.

Winds will slowly ease from the west during Wednesday morning.

Regions and local authorities affected:

Grampian

Highlands & Eilean Siar

Orkney & Shetland

Strathclyde

Yellow warnings were also issued in parts of: the east Midlands, the east of England, London and south-east England, north-east England, south-west England, Wales, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.

You can find more information about the weather warnings and advise about how to stay safe here.

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The North Yorkshire fire and rescue service also said the incident in Morton-on-Swale was just before 5am on Monday and involved the rescue of five people and two dogs from two cars, one van and one HGV.

A spokesperson said:

Everyone, including the dogs, were brought to a place of safety. Highways closed the road to prevent further incidents.

He said other incidents attended by firefighters included a metal canopy damaged by high winds at the front of a cafe in Scarborough; a garage roof made unsafe by the storm, also in the seaside town; and a fallen tree blocking a road in Hawes.

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The North Yorkshire fire and rescue service said the incident in Appersett on Sunday evening involved a Ford Mondeo that had become trapped in flood water after the nearby river overflowed.

A man and a woman in their 20s and a three-year-old girl were rescued from the car.

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A number of people had to be rescued by firefighters from flooded roads in the Yorkshire Dales.

North Yorkshire fire and rescue service said responders were sent to Morton Bridge, Morton-on-Swale, in the early hours of Monday to help people from four trapped vehicles.

One woman who was rescued, Charlie Curry, told ITV Calendar News:

It was definitely a terrifying experience at the time. But I made it out alive and everyone’s all right. Just let’s see how the van’s doing.

This followed an incident in Appersett, Wensleydale, where crews came to the aid of a car stuck in water and took the occupants to a nearby pub.

More information to come…

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Man in 60s dies in road accident involving fallen tree

A man in his 60s has died in a road collision involving two vans and a fallen tree in Limavady, County Londonderry, on Sunday night, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has said.

A statement from the police said:

A man in his 60s has died in a collision on Broad Road in Limavady. He was the driver of a Vauxhall Vivaro van which was involved in a collision with a fallen tree and another vehicle at around 9.45pm on Sunday 21 January.

The male driver of the other van involved, a Citreon Berlingo, has been taken to hospital for treatment. The road was closed for a time but has now reopened.

You can read a full statement and appeal below.

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Roger Mac Ginty posted this video of his dog on X, saying that Storm Isha has definitely reached ear-flapping conditions.

Waves break on the sea front in Blackpool. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
Blackpool Tower overlooks stormy seas. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Storm Jocelyn, forecast to arrive on Tuesday, will be the 10th named storm in five months, and only the second time in a UK storm season the letter J has been reached in the alphabet.

Storm seasons run from the start of September to the end of the following August. The first time the letter J was reached was in March 2016, with Storm Jake. The farthest a storm season has reached in the alphabet is the letter K, when Storm Katie was named, also in March 2016.

The Met Office began naming storms in 2015.

Last year’s storm season made it only as far as the letter B, with Storm Betty in August. By contrast, this year’s season has seen storms named in every month so far: Agnes in September 2023. Babet in October. Ciaran and Debi in November. Elin, Fergus and Gerrit in December and Henk, Isha and Jocelyn in January 2024.

It is rare, but not unheard of, for the UK to experience a sequence of storms across a handful of months.

There were 11 storms between November 2015 and March 2016, the first season in which storms were named, beginning with Abigail and ending with Katie.

And there were at least 12 major winter storms from mid-December 2013 to mid-February 2014, “the stormiest period of weather the UK has experienced for at least 20 years”, according Met Office records.

Not all of the alphabet is used when naming storms. The letters Q, U, X, Y and Z are omitted, in line with convention established by the US National Hurricane Center. It means the storm names still available for the current season are Kathleen, Lilian, Minnie, Nicholas, Olga, Piet, Regina, Stuart, Tamiko, Vincent and Walid.

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We reported earlier that trees at the famous Dark Hedges had come down in the storm. Images are now emerging of the extent of the damage:

Workers continue their clear up as several trees in Northern Ireland made famous by the TV series Game Of Thrones have been damaged Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA
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Here are some of the latest images from the wires, showing the chaos caused by Storm Isha.

One of a number of trees in Northern Ireland made famous by the TV series Game Of Thrones that have been damaged and felled by Storm Isha at the Dark Hedges site in Co Antrim. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA
A car is partially submerged on a flooded road following Storm Isha in Warwick Bridge. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
Recovery workers remove a lorry that had been blown off the carriageway of the M6 motorway following Storm Isha near Carlisle. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Here is some information about the rail disruption caused by Storm Isha from National Rail, particularly the impact on Southeastern services.

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Storm Jocelyn to bring heavy rain and strong winds to UK

The next storm of the season has been named Jocelyn by the Irish forecaster, Met Éireann.

Storm Jocelyn is forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the UK on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

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