Freak weather bomb wreaks havoc across country

Stormy weather on Morecambe prom.
Stormy weather on Morecambe prom.

A ‘devastating ‘weather bomb’ is currently battering the country including the north west, bringing with it gusts of wind up to 80mph and huge coastal waves.

High winds and severe gales are expected across northern England, north Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland over a 48-hour period.

Winds, rain and snow have been affecting journeys on many routes.

Trains cannot run between Oxenholme, Morecambe and Lancaster because of a tree on the overhead wires.

There is currently no estimate as to when the line will re-open.

Buses are running between Preston, Morecambe and Lancaster.

All train operators affected by the poor weather are planning to run a full service on Thursday, December 11.

Ferries between Heysham, Dublin and the Isle of Man have been cancelled until 11.5am on Thursday, December 11, due to the bad weather.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning and is advising people to be aware of the strong winds.

The Highways Agency is advising drivers to take extra care on the North West’s road network with wind speeds expected to reach 70mph.

Gusts of over 50mph are expected along the coast and over the Pennines with winds strengthening up to 70mph.

Hail, sleet and snow showers are also forecast, especially over the higher Pennine routes, where drivers can expect blizzard conditions.

Visibility will be significantly reduced during the showers and also from the spray.

The process behind the storm, - rapid cyclogenesis, known colloquially as a “weather bomb” - is a deep low pressure system moving slowly eastwards between Scotland and Iceland.

Weathermen said the north will be freezing at night all week with bitter winds making it feel close to -9°C.