YORKSHIRE WAS this morning facing the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo, with strong winds and heavy rain across the county.
A pedestrian has died after being hit by a tree that fell into a road as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo brought high winds to Britain.
The woman died at the scene in Kensington, west London, London Ambulance Service said.
In Leeds, council officials closed roads around Bridgewater Place – a building notorious for causing a ‘wind tunnel’ effect on gusty days.
The area was closed at 10.45am, pedestrians as well as traffic diverted from the junction of Water Lane, Victoria Road and Neville Street. The area had reopened by 4pm.
Commuters and other road users were advised to allow for longer journey times.
The stormy conditions also led to three women being injured by a fallen tree at Southwick Recreation Ground in West Sussex just before 10am.
The three, one of them believed to be in a wheelchair, were taken to hospital.
Strong winds brought down trees on railway lines, while more than 100 flights had to be axed at Heathrow airport and driving conditions were particularly bad in Scotland.
Some areas were subjected to gusts of wind up to 65mph, but forecasters predicted that the worst of the weather would be over after today.
In Scotland, where heavy rain led to poor visibility on the A90 south of Aberdeen, the Forth Road Bridge, the A87 Skye Bridge and the A898 Erskine Bridge were closed to high-sided vehicles.
In England, a section of the A1(M) in Cambridgeshire was closed due to an overturned lorry and there was heavy traffic on a number of motorways and A-roads, with Cheshire among the worst-hit counties.
On the railways, a combination of broken-down trains and stormy conditions resulted in delays and cancellations on a number of lines.
Among the areas where passengers endured delays were East Anglia, south east London, Cheshire, Hertfordshire, Somerset and Devon.
Flooding in Wales meant buses had to replace trains between North Llanrwst and Blaenau Ffestiniog, with the disruption likely to last for the rest of the day.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “Strong winds, torrential rain and large quantities of fallen leaves are making conditions difficult on the railway today.”
A number of ferry crossings between Holyhead in North Wales and Dublin were cancelled due to the adverse weather, said Irish Ferries.
By 2.30pm today, the AA had attended more than 5,400 breakdowns, currently coming in at around 730 every hour.
John Seymour, national manager of the AA’s severe weather team, said: “It’s helped that Tuesday is the quietest weekday for travel. Although the wind and rain have created difficult driving conditions at times, we haven’t seen an increase in call-outs.
“However, it’s still pretty windy out there, so drivers should exercise care on the journey home this evening, as there could be debris on the roads and leaf-fall can make them slippery. If your car is being buffeted by the wind - slow down, as the faster you drive, the further off course you can be blown.”
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