Storm Dudley in pictures: Best images as high winds hit UK

Gales caused power cuts and travel chaos, but also created some spectacular images

Thursday 17 February 2022 16:23 GMT
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A red alert has been declared for Storm Eunice which is arriving in the early hours of Friday in the wake of Storm Dudley
A red alert has been declared for Storm Eunice which is arriving in the early hours of Friday in the wake of Storm Dudley (Getty)

Storm Dudley caused power cuts and travel chaos last night as gales of over 70mph lashed parts of Scotland and northern England.

And forecasters say the worst of the weather is yet to come, with Storm Eunice expected to arrive on Friday.

A rare red warning has been issued and winds of up to 100mph could strike in the most exposed areas of southwest England and southern Wales.

Thousands of residents in North East England, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Lancashire were plunged into darkness last night as Storm Dudley down power lines and tore down trees.

Officials put the brakes on Tyne and Wear's Metro services due to storm damage. Some services were still not up and running on Thursday morning.

Damage to lines halted all services towards Glasgow and Edinburgh as the weather system, driven by a jet stream coming in from the Atlantic Ocean, caused commuter chaos.

Avanti West Coast, which operates lines to northern England and Scotland, said will be operating an amended timetable due to the stormy conditions.

Journey times will be extended due to speed restrictions.

Waves created by high winds and Spring tides hit the sea wall at New Brighton promenade in Liverpool (Getty)
People view the waves created by high winds and spring tides hitting the sea wall at New Brighton promenade (Getty)
A tree which has fallen onto a car in Ealing, West London (Elizabeth Howard/Twitter/P)
A train heads along the west coast between Whitehaven and Carlisle after Storm Dudley hit the north of the country last night (PA)
A person watches as waves break on Porthleven beach in the wake of Storm Dudley in Porthleven, Cornwall (Reuters)
People view the waves created by high winds and spring tides hitting the sea wall at New Brighton promenade (Getty)

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