Storm Ciara has arrived in the Midlands, bringing gales of up to 80mph and heavy rain. Homes were left without power, trees crashed down blocking roads, and services were disrupted as Storm Ciara caused devastation.
A severe weather warning, covering the East and West Midlands, came into force at 8.00am and will remain in place until 9.00pm.
More than half of all flights to and from Birmingham Airport have been cancelled or delayed, with a number of flights diverted to land in Manchester.
⚠️🚨 DO NOT TRAVEL 🚨⚠️— Birmingham New Street (@NetworkRailBHM) February 9, 2020
This is our latest advice to passengers.
Really sorry, folks, but #StormCiara is making it increasingly difficult to run a reliable railway for you.@nationalrailenq @AvantiWestCoast @CrossCountryUK @WestMidRailway @LNRailway @tfwrail pic.twitter.com/bkYIPwTq50
Earlier fire crews were dealing with a roof that has been damaged by the storm in College Road, Perry Barr. Crews temporarily closed the public footpath on the canal at the junction with College Road for safety reasons and urged people to avoid the area.
Here’s what to expect today from the amber weather warning:
- Flying debris which could lead to injuries or danger to life
- Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
- Longer journey times and cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected
- Some roads and bridges will likely be closed
- Power cuts with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
- Injuries and danger to life from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties