VIDEO: England’s highest winds recorded near Peterborough as Storm Barney batters country
Thousands of homes have been left without power and rail passengers are facing lengthy delays after Storm Barney battered the UK with winds of more than 80mph.
And England’s highest winds were recorded near Peterborough.
The highest gust in the UK was recorded on Tuesday at 83mph in coastal areas of North Wales, while gusts of 66mph registered in Wittering.
In the West Midlands 2,500 homes lost their electricity supply, according to Western Power Distribution, and Welsh residents have also been badly affected.
Rail services were hit by trees blown on to lines and overhead power cables, affecting several services in Birmingham, Staffordshire, Bedford and London, according to National Rail.
John Lee, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: “In general the strongest winds moved west to east across Ireland to Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia.
“From about midnight it all quickly died down. Barney is out of the way now and there is some low pressure that will be bringing rain to Northern Ireland and the far west of Scotland.
“We are going to get some strong winds today, with gusts of up to 55mph in exposed western areas but again it will die off overnight.”
The second storm to bear a human name, coming hot on the heels of Storm Abigail, brought gusts strong enough to fell a metal advertising tower at The Fort Shopping Park in Birmingham, although nobody was hurt.
A fallen tree near Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire caused delays of around an hour on the route between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport, with buses being laid on instead.
London Midland said fallen trees had halted all its rush-hour services between Lichfield in Staffordshire, Coseley in the West Midlands, and Birmingham.