Traffic during RUSH hours was plunged into chaos with delays increasing after Dartford Crossing was forced to close as Storm Franklin hit the UK.
Two lanes on the M25 Dartford Crossing are closed between junctions 1A A206 and J31 A103G, for Lakeside/Purfleet.
The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning today.
The QEII Bridge was closed due to winds of up to 90 km/h this morning.
There’s been a tornado warning is the third most devastating storm in just five days crashed into the UK overnight.
The tunnel on the right at Dartford is being used as a guideway as traffic ascends the QEII Bridge.
The tunnel on the left remains open, with increasingly heavy traffic and queues both directions due to the closure.
Congestion has also been reported back to junction two of the M25 and delays on the A2 stretch extending back to Northfleet, further increasing journey times.
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This morning, National Rail told people to avoid rail travel if possible today – and said that even if services were to resume there would be “major disruption” to routes “over most of the UK”.
Almost every rail company in the country, including Heathrow Express, Stansted Express, Cross Country and Thameslink, said their trains would be affected.
South Western Railway said weather conditions were “likely to hinder efforts to help stranded customers”.
TransPennine Express is advising customers to “avoid traveling if possible”, especially those planning to travel north of Preston before 10am.
The latest weather misery comes after fierce storm Eunice killed four people and left 1.3 million homes in the dark on Friday, and Hurricane Dudley destroyed homes and cars last week.
This is the first time since major hurricanes were named back in 2015, that three hurricanes have followed in such a short period of time.
Franklin, an 800-mile stretch of beach, will bring “severe and damaging gusts” and downpours, the Met Office warned.
It comes as:
- Party enthusiasts made the most of their Saturday evening, despite the bad weather
- More than 40,000 households still without electricity after the killer storm Eunice
- A mother tells how she huddled inside when strong winds ripped her roof off
- Tributes have been paid to a 23-year-old father who was killed
- Scenes Terrifying moment a tree crashes into a bus on Friday
An amber wind warning has been issued across Northern Ireland from midnight until 7am. It has now expired.
The yellow alert covers all of England and Wales and parts of Scotland until 1pm on Monday.
The downpours caused dangerous flooding in several areas overnight.
There are now two rare “severe” flood warnings in place near the River Mersey – along with 315 other flood warnings.
Yorkshire is expected to be one of the hardest hit.
The River Don burst its banks in Doncaster, South Yorks, on Sunday night – and police have warned residents to stay away from the dangerous “fast-flowing” water.
More than 400 homes were evacuated in south Manchester ahead of schedule.
Experts say heavy rainfall can be life-threatening as the Mersey River in Greater Manchester.
And in Northern Ireland, Londonderry and Tyrone will suffer the worst of the floods as floodwaters continue.
In Shropshire, the River Severn has threatened to burst its banks with emergency crews erecting flood barriers along the waterway – while some areas in Wales are expected to flood.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8397072/dartford-crossing-closed-qeii-bridge-shut-due-storm-franklin/ Dartford Interchange closed – QEII Bridge closed due to Storm Franklin’s 90mph tracks causing large queues for motorists