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High winds bring chaos

Ten people have died, and the UK's infrastructure was brought to a virtual standstill yesterday as high winds battered the country.
Winds of 99mph were recorded at the Needles - the highest winds recorded for 17 years. People were advised simply: do not travel. Network Rail reported 'more than 1,000 incidents', with delays expected to continue today.In Wales Arriva trains could not 'guarantee any service north of Hereford,' according to Network Rail yesterday, with a derailed train between Shrewsbury and Welshpool, and services between Manchester and Cardiff were closed. In the midlands, c2c suspended many services, and only ran trains to and from Birmingham but with delays. First Great Western closed the line between Oxford and Didcot because of a tree on the line, GNER suspended all services between York and Kings Cross, and Hull Trains suspended its services.Northern Rail suspended many of its routes to and from Manchester Piccadilly. Transpennine Express suspended west of Huddersfield, and Virgin West Coast suspended its services due to wire damage.The roads were also severely disrupted thanks to trees, debris and overturned vehicles on the roads, with sections of motorway closed. In London, six tube lines were part suspended, with another two running severe delays and London Bridge was closed.

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