BRITS are being urged to stay inside today after hundreds of drivers were left stranded on snow-covered roads, planes grounded and trains cancelled as Storm Emma grips the UK.
Floods, black ice and blizzards are set to batter Britain today with people being warned not to travel unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Virgin Trains East Coast pleaded with passengers “not to travel” on the entire East Coast Main Line between London and Scotland, as conditions worsen.
And drivers have now been urged to stay off the roads after the RAC attended 8,000 breakdowns up to 5pm yesterday.
Ten people have now been killed including a ten-year-old girl as yesterday became the coldest March day on record at -5.9C.
The military were scrambled to rescue hundreds of drivers stranded on the A31 in Hampshire overnight as cops declared a major incident, and the army was pulled in to help clear traffic from the M62 this morning.
What we know so far:
- Thousands have been left without electricity in the north of the country as power supplies suffer in the chill
- Travellers were forced to huddle under blankets and makeshift shelters on stranded trains, cars and at airports overnight
- The military has been pulled in to help clear traffic from the M62 after hundreds were stranded overnight on Thursday in Hampshire
- National Grid have now withdrawn a ‘Gas Deficit Warning’ issued yesterday
- Ten people including a seven-year-old girl have now died in the wintry conditions
- Many Brits have seen non-urgent ops postponed due to staff shortages and a lack of beds in some hospitals, as NHS bosses warn of the ‘perfect storm’ of the storm, norovirus and flu
- Frantic shoppers have stripped supermarket shelves in a desperate bid to stock up on essentials amid fears of being stranded by snow storms
Meanwhile, Devon and Cornwall Police launched a major rescue mission after 300 drivers were trapped in freezing temperatures.
Almost 5,000 flights have now been cancelled to or from Europe since Tuesday – meaning some Brits are stranded abroad.
A quarter of all scheduled flights in and out of Heathrow are set to be cancelled, while 331 flights at Dublin Airport will be grounded.
The number of cancellations today in Glasgow stands at 67 and 95 planned Edinburgh Airport services will not operate.
Trains have also been hit by delays with the Southern part of the Arriva Trains Wales services cancelled due to the bad weather.
National Rail’s website is also showing that most other train services in the country are being impacted by the weather.
Who has died in the treacherous weather battering Britain?
- A 52-year-old homeless man, known as Ben, was found dead in a tent in Retford, Lincolnshire, on Tuesday as the Beast of the East saw temperatures plummet
- Three women died on Tuesday when a Renault Clio collided with a Scania lorry on the A15 in Baston just after 6.15am
- Hours later a man was killed in a three-vehicle smash on the A47 near Peterborough
- Stephen Cavanagh, 60, died on Wednesday after falling through a frozen lake in Welling, south east London
- A 46-year-old man died in a crash on the A34 in Hampshire on Thursday
- The body of a 75-year-old woman was found underneath a car near her home in Leeds on Thursday
- Elaine McNeill, a care worker, was found dead in the snow on Thursday in Galsgow after she failed to turn up for work
- A seven-year-old girl died in a car crash in the Cornish port of Looe this afternoon
Birmingham City Council announced it was closing all council maintained schools today to the weather and Cardiff Council also advised all schools in the city to remain shut for a second day running.
Avon and Somerset Police said it was dealing with up to 100 cars stranded in snow on the A303 at Ilminster and a further 20 on the A358 at Thornfalcon.
Cops have declared it a “major incident” and a number of forces have urged against people travelling today.
Worse is expected to come today as the Environment Agency triggered six flood warnings – meaning people should take immediate action to protect themselves.
Thousands of homes are without electricity in the north west of England as temperatures remain sub-zero with bitter gales blowing.
Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said: “We are not out of the woods yet.
“There’s further snow to come, as well as a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain.
“Even parts of London and the South East are not immune to seeing more snow through the afternoon – not as much as yesterday, but still enough to cause further disruption.”
People sleeping at Butterworth Hall, a community centre in Milnrow, Greater Manchester, which opened up its doors for those needing shelter from the snow
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