West Yorkshire badly hit as Storm Ciara sweeps the region

Market Street in Hebden Bridge (@Cameramal).

The River Calder is said to be rising at a very fast rate.

Strong winds have been causing travel disruption in parts of the country with airlines cancelling dozens of domestic and international flights as Storm Ciara begins to sweep across Britain.

Weather warnings have been issued across West Yorkshire this weekend as the storm, set to be the most intense in Britain since 2013, is expected to bring 80mph winds and heavy rain - with impacts felt "across the whole of the UK" on Sunday.

The satellite image below shows the severity of the rainfall in our region at 8am this morning (9/2).










The Met Office has issued an amber warning covering much of the Yorkshire region until 9pm on Sunday saying "widespread gales" could cause damage to homes and businesses, travel disruption and power cuts, and pose a "danger to life".

An amber warning for heavy rain covers parts of Scotland, while yellow warnings are in place across the whole of the UK, with a risk of flooding in areas.

The heavy rain has already caused major flooding in parts of Mytholmroyd.

The River Calder is also rising at a very fast rate.

And Market Street in Hebden Bridge has become impassable.

Heathrow Airport said it had taken a joint decision with its airline partners to "consolidate" Sunday's flight schedule to minimise the number of cancelled flights.

A spokesperson added: "We regret any disruption caused and remain focused on getting passengers away safely and as quickly as possible."

Virgin Atlantic said it has axed a number of flights, while British Airways is offering customers flexible rebooking options for customers on domestic and European flights flying to and from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airport on Sunday.

BA said in a statement: "Like all airlines operating into and out of the UK... we are expecting to be impacted by the adverse weather conditions across parts of the UK on Sunday."

Ciara has already made its presence felt in parts of the country, as strong winds brought down the roof of a pub and injured three people in Perth in Scotland on Saturday evening.

Police put a cordon in place around The Venue so that the damage could be assessed and nobody is said to have been seriously hurt.

Authorities have urged people to stay away from a number of beauty spots and all eight Royal Parks in London have been closed as a precautionary measure.

Several rail firms announced they will operate reduced timetables, with strong winds having the potential to damage overhead electric wires and tracks due to debris or trees falling onto the railway.

Network Rail and train operators in England issued an alert to passengers, stating: "Only travel by train this Sunday if absolutely necessary."

Disruption could continue into Monday morning as repair work may be hampered by the conditions and passengers are urged to check for updates before travelling.

Firms that have issued "do not travel" warnings include Gatwick Express, Grand Central, Great Northern, Hull Trains, LNER, Northern, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink and TransPennine Express.

The other affected lines are: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Heathrow Express, Hull Trains, Island Line, London Northwestern Railway, London Overground, Merseyrail, Northern, ScotRail, South Western Railway, Stansted Express, TfL Rail, Transport for Wales and West Midlands Railway.

Forecasters also say there could be damage to buildings and a "good chance" of power cuts.

They warned that Ciara - the third named storm of the season - will "barge her way through" the country.

Gusts of up to 50-60mph are expected this weekend - rising to 80mph along coastal areas.

On Monday and Tuesday, up to four inches of snow is expected in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, with blizzard conditions forecast.


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