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Passengers stuck on ferries in Dover due to high winds

Ferry entering Port of Dover Image copyright Gareth Doodes
Image caption Ferries at Dover have been delayed by up to five hours

Passengers are stuck on cross-Channel ferries unable to enter the Port of Dover due to high winds.

Crossings between Dover and Calais are delayed by up to five hours due to “highly unusual” winds of 55 knots, P&O Ferries said.

The Port of Dover said it was operating a “one ship in, one ship out” policy due to “strong winds”.

Meanwhile, train passengers across the UK are facing disruption caused by winds and flooding.

Passengers have reported being stuck on ferries for more than three hours.

A spokesman for P&O Ferries said ferries were waiting for tugs to be taken into the Port of Dover.

In Scotland, passengers on five trains were trapped for a time after heavy rain caused the temporary closure of the West Coast mainline.

Network Rail said water levels had risen a foot above the track between Penrith North Lakes and Lockerbie.

Services are also suspended between Lewes and Haywards Heath due to a fallen tree blocking the line, Southern said.

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Image caption A fallen tree at Cooksbridge stopped trains running between Lewes and Haywards Heath

Trains to London from Kent were suspended for about two hours, while a tree was removed from the line in Newington, Southeastern said.

And high winds have toppled trees in London and Norwich, blocking a number of roads.

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Image caption A vehicle is trapped beneath a tree in London’s Russell Square
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Image caption A road through Norwich is blocked by a fallen tree

Tents wrecked

In addition to travel disruption, the adverse weather conditions have affected many events.

In Winchester, at the Boomtown Fair, dozens of tents were wrecked overnight after strong winds tore through the festival’s campsites.

While in Ascot, damage to the stage for a concert at the racecourse due to be held later featuring Jessie J and Tinie Tempah led to it being cancelled.

Organisers of Bristol’s hot-air balloon festival were also forced to temporarily close the site.

In a statement on the event’s Facebook page, organisers said they hoped to reopen the event for the final day on Sunday.

Events at the Blackpool Air Show on Saturday were also cancelled due to strong winds and heavy rain, but plans for Sunday are expected to go ahead from 13:30 BST.

A yellow weather warning is in place covering southern and central England as far north as Blackpool, Huddersfield and Grimsby, the Met Office said.

Chief meteorologist Neil Armstrong said summer storms were more likely to cause disruption because “more people are likely to be outdoors, especially by the coast”.

“Additionally, with trees in full leaf they are more vulnerable to being brought down by strong winds,” he added.

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