Christmas Chaos As UK is Ravaged By Severe Weather

BRITAIN has been battered by severe weather on Christmas Eve – leaving multiple people dead and stranding thousands trying to get home for Christmas.

Britain has been battered by storms as Christmas approaches

Britain has been battered by storms at Christmas [ALAMY]

Three flood warnings are currently in place in Surrey and Dorset and residents had to be rescued from at risk homes overnight.

As well as flood damage, thousands of households are facing a Christmas morning without electricity.

Gatwick Airport has also been heavily affected by the wet weather after a flood at one of the busy airport’s power stations on Tuesday saw flights cancelled and left passengers stranded.

Low cost airline easyJet was forced to cancel over 80 flights on Christmas Eve, one of the busiest days of the year for the airline, due to the North Terminal power failure.

A spokesman said: “We apologise to all passengers affected and understand how frustrating this is particularly at Christmas.

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The high winds and floods have caused a huge build up of traffic on the UK’s roads as well [PA]

A woman was killed in a car crash in Shropshire amid “difficult conditions” while on Monday two people died in rivers.

A man’s body was recovered from the River Rothay in Ambleside, Cumbria, after he and his dog were seen in the rapidly-moving water.

A woman was also killed in a river in Gwynedd, north Wales.

I am fuming and absolutely desperate – there has been no information at all and we can’t make alternative plans

Graziella Vella, 37, passenger

And on Sunday a man died after a six-car pile-up on the A30 in Cornwall after what police described as a “freak” hail storm.

Elsewhere around 25 people have been rescued by fire crews after becoming trapped in their cars in flood water in Dorset.

The south of the UK is expected to have some respite from the powerful storms but Scotland and Northern Ireland will continue to be hammered by the gales and heavy rains.

Engineers are frantically battling to restore power to over 100,000 homes around Britain with no guarantee of power on Christmas Day.

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Heavy floods are affecting drivers across the UK like these ones in Sussex [FLYNET]

– Express