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‘Do not travel’ warning issued to areas of Britain until Sunday as dangerous ‘sting jet’ hurtles towards UK

‘Do not travel’ warning issued to areas of Britain until Sunday as dangerous ‘sting jet’ hurtles towards UK

Storm Ciaran is crippling transport systems and poses serious danger over the weekend

Brits have been warned not to travel over the weekend as Storm Ciaran continues to batter the UK.

Hundreds of Bonfire Night celebrations have been cancelled as the weather front grows fiercer.

A number of tornadoes are said to be en route while 'hurricane-force winds' are wreaking havoc across the country.

The Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO) urged people to stay indoors until Sunday due to the extreme weather, meanwhile Great Western Railway (GWR) issued a ‘do not travel’ warning to passengers due to the impact of Storm Ciaran in Devon and Cornwall.

It said the area across South Wales to London is in the firing line and has the highest risk of being hit by a tornado.

But experts said the risk cannot be ruled out 'a bit further north too'.

Winds reaching over 100mph have already wreaked havoc across the British Isles and Channel Islands.

Forecasters said hurricane-force 12 winds have been recorded in Jersey, where dozens of people have been forced to evacuate their homes.

Brits have been urged not to travel over the weekend due to Storm Ciaran.
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One mum had just seconds to grab her baby when 100mph winds blew her bedroom windows in on Wednesday night.

Trees have been torn from the ground, roofs were ripped off houses and trampolines were swept onto train tracks.

Airports and schools were shut by authorities due to safety fears, as the gusts were likened to those in a 'disaster movie'.

A whopping 127,000 homes lost power while some of the UK's transport systems were brought to a standstill.

Air, sea and rail officials have all warned people to avoid travelling unless necessary due to danger fears.

Brits have been told to brace for further disruption as 89 flood warnings remain in place alongside 236 flood alerts.

Heavy downpours and strong winds are predicted to smash into Scotland and areas of northern England today (3 November).

The coast has been the worst hit but the weather chaos could spread today.
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The chaos is stretching across Europe too, as five people have been killed by Storm Ciaran.

A truck driver was killed when a tree tumbled onto his vehicle in northern France, while a tree also fatally fell on a woman in Germany's Rammelsberg.

Three other victims in France, Netherlands and Spain reportedly passed away due to falling trees.

Forecasters have warned that there is a possibility of a 'sting jet' developing which - according to the Met Office - is a small area of very intense winds.

The rare weather phenomenon is associated with areas with rapidly deepening low pressure.

They can form inside storms passing over the UK, Ireland and parts of northern and central Europe.

Winds easily exceed 100mph, but generally only affect an area of around 30 miles and only last for up to four hours.

Still, it is regarded as extremely dangerous and creates significant damage and risk to life.

Sting jets were only formally recognised when one occurred during the Great Storm of October 1987 - when wind speeds reached 115mph and millions of trees were brought down.

It is feared Storm Ciaran could be another record-breaking weather bomb.

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