Nunney escapes worst of the storm


A severe storm accompanied by heavy rain caused devastation across the South, but went almost unnoticed in Nunney.

stormThe Met Office had issued an amber alert for wind and there was also concern that heavy rain could cause flooding. Amber is the second of three warning levels issued by the Met Office and warns the public to “be prepared”.

The storm passed across the UK along the line from Taunton to Wincanton and along the A303, causing minimal disruption in Nunney. A tree came down on the road between Frome and Mells.

Elsewhere, up to 270,000 houses were left without power and rush hour traffic was brought to a halt. Western Power said across the South West some 7,000 homes were without power overnight but that number had reduced to 2,000 by 06:00 GMT.

Nunney flood
A very different situation: Nunney flooded in 1963. Many improvements have been made since then.

The Met Office said a gust of 99mph (159km/h) was recorded at Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight, at 05:00 GMT. The M4 Second Severn Crossing, which was closed overnight, reopened early on Monday. The M48 Old Severn Bridge remains closed.

Bath and North East Somerset Council said trees had fallen across 17 roads overnight but these had all been cleared. Fallen trees were reported on the A371 near Henstridge, the A361 near Greinton and the A37 near Temple Cloud.

At Bristol Airport, a spokesman said several flights had been cancelled and there were small delays to other services.

South West Trains have advised people not to travel on Monday with most services not running until at least 10:00 GMT to allow Network Rail to check lines. The firm said some 26 trees were blocking lines across its network. A reduced timetable will be in operation, with some trains limited to speeds of 50mph.

At Frome station trains into Bath were suspended until at least 2.40pm today. Bus services were running with a 3 hour delay.

First Great Western are also running an amended service until 10:00 GMT. First Great Western has suspended the service between Guildford and Gatwick Airport.

The Highways Agency is advising motorists to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel.