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Travel chaos for thousands as all Eurostar trains to and from London cancelled after tunnel floods

Britons are being urged to brace for a further onslaught of wild weather following the devastation of Storm Gerrit.

Trains have been cancelled due to flooding in tunnels near Ebbsfleet International.

UK weather: The latest Sky News forecast

Southeastern Railway said no services will run between Ebbsfleet and St Pancras International until around noon on Saturday, while Eurostar has cancelled all trains to and from St Pancras until at least 9.12am.

Gusts of up to 75mph could hit parts of the south of England and Wales on Saturday, the Met Office warned, while northern Scotland could see “significant snow”.

A yellow weather alert for wind has been issued for parts of the South East, South West, East Anglia and Wales from 11am on Saturday until 3am on New Year’s Eve.

A railway tunnel has flooded near Ebbsfleet International Station. Pic: Southeastern Rail
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A railway tunnel has flooded near Ebbsfleet International Station. Pic: Southeastern Rail

A separate yellow warning for rain has been issued across part of Wales between 10am and 6pm on Saturday.

A yellow rain warning has also been placed across most of Northern Ireland from 4am until 11am, with up to 25mm of rain expected in just a few hours.

In Scotland, a yellow weather warning for ice covers the north and northwest until 10am, with much of the country covered by one for rain and snow from 8am until midnight.

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A plane struggling to land during Storm Gerrit

The Environment Agency has issued more than 30 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and almost 100 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, in England.

‘It’s going to feel close to freezing’

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill advised those heading out on New Year’s Eve to wrap up warm, with “strong blustery winds” making it “feel close to freezing for many places”.

“Definitely a chilly feel to things as the clock strikes midnight,” he added.

Even southern England, which should be relatively mild at 11C or 12C, the combination of wind and rain could make things “pretty unpleasant”.

Storm Gerrit repairs. Pic: SSEN
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Some of the damage caused by Storm Gerrit. Pic: SSEN

Storm Gerrit repairs. Pic: SSEN
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SSEN teams carrying out repairs. Pic: SSEN

More travel disruption possible

The Met Office is warning the weather could lead to more transport disruption.

ScotRail, LNER, Avanti West Coast and London Northwestern Railway are among the train companies to have told passengers they should check before travelling in the coming days.

It comes after much of the UK was impacted by Storm Gerrit.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks said it had restored power to almost 48,000 homes since the storm hit.

In Wales, 36,000 properties have also contended with outages after lightning struck in Ceredigion.

And in Greater Manchester, residents in Stalybridge, Tameside, and Carrbrook are still recovering from a freak tornado that toppled trees and damaged homes.

The whirlwind was thought to have been caused by a supercell thunderstorm.

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