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St Jude storm: Weather updates blog
Updated 8:17pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
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A number of homes across Oxfordshire are set to be without power overnight.
Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) engineers are working to restore electricity but have said a number of rural areas are affected including homes in Oxfordshire.
More to follow.
The weather situation has improved as the day has gone on.
According to the Met Office, it will remain windy, but there will be no damaging gales.
It should also be mainly dry and clear with perhaps some isolated heavy showers continuing, mainly affecting southern coastal areas.
The Met Office says it will feel colder than on recent nights, with minimum temperatures of 7 °C.
On Tuesday, it will remain breezy, and mostly dry with a good deal of sunshine.
Another shot of the garden wall that has fallen down in Chilswell Road, Oxford, taken by our photographer Tony Moore.
A large branch brought down in the storm obstructs part of Reading Road, Wallingford. Picture taken by Kevin Harvey.
Our photographer Mark Hemsworth captured this Mini going through road flooding at Church Enstone this afternoon
The heavy storms this morning caused 18 trees to fall across the Chiltern Railways route. The company says these have now been cleared.
The firm said it started to run trains to and from London Marylebone at 11.15am.
However, its officials say there will continue to be severe delays and disruption throughout the rest of the day.
Any tickets for travel today will be valid on any train either today or tomorrow.
We are aware of the following road closures or part closures due to fallen trees:
- A338 Manor Road, Wantage
- A415 Abingdon Road, between Culham and Abingdon
- B481 Peppard Road, Sonning Common
- Oxford Road, Garsington
- West Saint Helen Street, Abingdon
- High Street, Clifton Hampden
- Horspath Road, Cowley
Do you know of any more? Email firstname.lastname@example.org if so.
The Oxford Bus Company has just tweeted: “The Heathrow slip road has now reopened and our LHR service has returned to standard route.”
First Great Western says the line between Reading and Basingstoke is now open but trains may still be cancelled or delayed while services recover.
They will affect services on the Oxford to Bournemouth route and may delay services going north.
This image shows some of the issues motorists are having this morning. One driver has had to squeeze around this stricken tree on the A4183.
More than 1,000 engineers are out restoring power across southern England, Southern Electric has revealed.
Workmen from the company have been working since the early hours of the morning to restore power to areas affected by the strong winds.
About 82,000 homes are without power in the area covered by Southern Electric area, from Yeovil in Somerset to West London and from Oxfordshire to the Isle of Wight, but figures for the county are not available.
Anyone who experiences a loss of electricity supply is urged to contact the team on 0800 072 7282.
Take extra care when you are out and about on the roads today as there may be debris on the road due to the strong winds.— @OxonFireRescue 28 October 2013
Scottish and Southern Electric has said that a “small number” of properties in rural Oxfordshire were left without power, but doesn’t have firm numbers yet.
There are no bin collections in Oxford or the Cherwell District Council area today. The Mail is still waiting to hear whether there are issues with bin services at Vale of White Horse District Council or South Oxfordshire District Council.
Bin collections do not appear to have been affected by the weather - in West Oxfordshire at least.
West Oxfordshire district council spokesman Carys Davies said: “It is business as usual today. Our recycling and refuse crews are currently operating as normal and out collecting in the north-west of the district, but we are advising residents to continue to ensure that recycling is secured in boxes with lids or nets, and prevent boxes from blowing away if they can.
“Also, we would ask people to place bins and boxes out as late as possible prior to collection and put them away as soon as workable after.”
Oxfordshire County Council has just tweeted: “Approx 40 incidents attended by highways staff involving fallen/leaning trees. Southern Oxfordshire is the most affected part of the county.”
The traffic lights at Frilford Turn on the A338 are not working this morning.
It is not yet known whether the failure, at the junction leading to Marcham and Abingdon, has been caused by this morning’s weather.
Weather at Bicester now good- the sun is shining & a normal week can commence!— @tvprp 28 October 2013
Oxford Airport has said it has escaped last night’s storm unscathed.
Airport manager Mike Sparrow said it had hangered as many aircraft as possible to protect them from debris and the elements.
But he added that the Kidlington airport’s operations were not being affected this morning and it had “got off quite lightly”.
The Met Office has just told us that the worst of the weather is easing off.
Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan said: “The strongest winds have just about passed now. Oxfordshire did see gusts of 60 to 70mph. They were quite widespread across the county.
“The good news is these winds are quickly easing, and are now down to a 40 to 50mph range and will continue to ease over the next two to three hours.
“By mid to late-morning, the winds will be much better and the rest of the day will be dominated by sunshine and short sharp showers.”
Glorious sunshine briefly blazing across the sky in Oxford - but don't be fooled, as the Met Office is warning of damaging winds and heavy squally showers.
This picture was taken yesterday down at Farmoor reservoir of a hardy soul catching the wind ahead of the brewing storm of today
Staff at Oxfordshire County Council have been kept busy by the bad weather. A statement on Twitter says:
"Our staff have been on duty throughout the night ready to respond to weather related incidents. First fallen tree reported at 3:10am."
@oxfordtimes currently sunshine & a beautiful rainbow in Sutton Courtenay— @prepschoolmum 28 October 2013
The tree on Blackbird Leys Bridge has now been removed and all city 5 services are back to normal, officials say.
Thames Valley Police has issued advice to people to limit problems from the weather:
•Secure loose outdoor items such as garden furniture or ladders, and bring in as many items as possible that are lying around outside.
•Securely fasten doors, windows, loft trapdoors and storm shutters.
•Vehicles should be parked in the garage, if available. Otherwise they should be kept clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.
•People should have a torch available with spare batteries and a fully charged mobile phone.
• People should think carefully about whether it is necessary to travel.
•When on the road, be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space
• Dial 101 when contacting police when it is not an emergency. The force says calling 999 when it is not an emergency can make it harder to deal with genuine emergencies.
All our services are currently running as per normal with no major delays.— @OxfordBusCo 28 October 2013
The tree on Blackbird Leys Bridge has now been removed and all city 5 services are back to normal.— @OxfordBusCo 28 October 2013
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service has just told us it has still not been required to respond to any weather-related incidents.
Buses are now replacing trains between Bicester Town and Oxford, according to Chiltern Railways.
Across TVP, the bulk of "weather" related incidents (as of 0750hrs) are trees of varying sizes down, mainly on minor roads. C/I Parsons— @tvprp 28 October 2013
More than 20 fallen trees due to high winds have been dealt with or are currently being dealt with by county council highways teams— @OxfordshireCC 28 October 2013
Wer'e getting more information on fallen trees all the time.
Oxfordshire County Council has just posted this: “More than 20 fallen trees due to high winds have been dealt with or are currently being dealt with by county council highways teams.”
Garden wall fallen down in Central Oxford #storm @BBCNews @DailyMailUK @oxfordtimes @thetimes @TheSunNewspaper http://t.co/E16qaPtmcX— @MissEllyBailey 28 October 2013
The earlier warning on Cross Country services south of Reading not running is still in place.
"Services are unable to run south of Reading until further notice," says a statement on the National Rail Enquiries website in relation to Cross Country services.
#UKstorm Owing to an obstruction on the line between Twyford and Henley-on-Thames all lines are blocked. Trains may be cancelled/delayed— @FGW 28 October 2013
All our Early shift are out on the road (&the night shift safely off duty). Will try to keep you updated with larger incidents- C.I Parsons— @tvprp 28 October 2013
Mind the blown about cones on the M40 says husband #stjudeox— @MrsEMB 28 October 2013
First Great Western are reporting disruptions to some services from Cheltenham, which may affect commuters getting on at Didcot.
The Met Office still has a strong wind warning in place until noon today. Gusts of up to 40mph and heavy rain are expected into the afternoon.
Several minor roads affected by fallen trees- pls take care on the roads C/I Parsons— @tvprp 28 October 2013
This tree on the banks of the Thames on Osney Island was split in two by the strong winds last night. Its branches are strewn across East Street.
Sgt Hutchings - If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours please check on them this morning after the storm #storm #community— @TVP_Oxford 28 October 2013
Latest on Chiltern Railways, services not expected to get back to normal until 11.45am
Again, bit south of our area, but Peppard Road in Sonning Common also blocked.
Slightly out of our area but anyone heading to Pangbourne needs to know the A340 Church Road partially blocked due to a fallen tree.
@theoxfordmail Slow trains from culham to didcot due to blown down tree on adjacent track.— @SauvignonBlonde 28 October 2013
From reader Mark Pencherz: "About 4 trees down between Thame and Aylesbury; parts of the A418 blocked when I went through at 06:30"
Oxford Bus Company says there is a tree down on Blackbird Leys bridge. No 5 services running as normal but slight delays may occur.
Reader Abby Stone says there's a tree down in Main Street, Grove
Similarly Oxford Tube says services not being affected so far
Stagecoach saying all Witney and Banbury services running as near as normal.
@TheOxfordMail when a tile falls of your roof and damages a car #storm http://t.co/fLdU0vrcsZ— @ellydougy 28 October 2013
Stagecoach adding its x30 and x31 services affected by the tree down on the A338.
@TheOxfordMail tree blocking rd by St. Helens church in abingdon— @Maccabells 28 October 2013
Stagecoach saying a tree down in Barns Road in Cowley. It's affecting its number 1 service.
Met Office saying we only have to worry about St Jude through to lunchtime
Chiltern hoping to get its train services back running about 8.45am
Chiltern Railways says all lines blocked due to a fallen tree between Oxford and Bicester.
It is trying to organise buses as replacements.
A338 is blocked due to a fallen tree south of Wantage, between Willow Lane and Court Hill Road.
While we've got everyone's attention, police are appealing for help to find a missing woman in these conditions.
Elinor Forrest - who was previously known as Elinor Russel - was last seen in Headington at about 6.30pm yesterday.
She is white, 24, of medium build, 5ft 3in, and has very long mousy blond hair.
Miss Forrest was last seen wearing a pink short sleeved v neck T-shirt and 3/4 length green camouflage shorts, a police spokesman said. She is either barefooted or wearing flip-flops.
There's problems with train services down in the West Country so the situation, according to First Great Western at Didcot is:
Cancellations to Paddington: 6.59, 7.47, 8.20, 8.59, 9.15 and 10.16
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue have just told us they have had nothing related to the weather so far.
"Let's hope that continues," the operator added.
Met Office was saying next hour may to see the worst of the winds
Met Office has said a gust hit 99mph down on the south coast
Current train situation out of Oxford, the 6.36 to Manchester and 7.10 to Newcastle by CrossCountry have been cancelled.
First Great Western has cancelled the 7.21, 8.05, 9.01 and 9.31 to Paddington.
Oxford Bus Company are saying so far its services are not affected.
CrossCountry have suspended its services south of Reading until at least 7am.
Good morning. The storm's here. Let us know what problems you're encountering to pass on to people - any roads with surface flooding, transport problems and any trees down.
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