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Storm Clara approaches UK

Many flights have been cancelled ans rail firms have urged passengers not to travel and it is said that they will operate reduced timetables and speed restrictions on Sunday. Severe weather warnings have also been issued for the weekend, with strong winds of up to 80mph and widespread heavy rain expected.Ferry passengers also face disruption, as operators have cancelled some services.

High winds with gusts of up to 70mph have already caused travel disruption in Scotland and several bridges have been closed to high-sided vehicles.Gusts of up to 70mph and hail have already hit the west coast of Scotland.

A warning for wind is in place across much of England and Wales from 08:00 until 21:00 GMT on Sunday.

Yellow weather warnings now cover the whole UK and an amber warning for rain is in place in parts of Scotland.

The heaviest rain expected over high ground where 50-70mm is expected, with as much as 100mm in a few locations.

Gusts of 50-60mph are expected quite widely across inland areas as the storm passes over the UK, reaching 80mph in coastal areas – particularly in south-east England and northern Scotland.

People in UK should expect travel delays and power cuts, as well as large waves along coastal roads and sea fronts.

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