High winds, heavy snow buffets Britain

2015-01-15 19:56
Waves crash against the sea defences in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Peter Morrison, AP)

Waves crash against the sea defences in Portrush, Northern Ireland. (Peter Morrison, AP)

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London - Britain and Ireland been battered by 100 mph (160 kph) winds and heavy snow, stranding some motorists after a major road was closed.

The Environment Agency said on Thursday that 149 flood alerts and 32 flood warnings had been issued in England and Wales, with more reported in Scotland.

Heavy weather and high seas also hit Northern Ireland.

Some of the most severe problems took place in Scotland where drivers on were stranded overnight on a highway by heavy snow.

Hundreds of homes were left without power.

In Dublin, airport officials said a number of incoming flights were diverted to other airports because of high winds. Travellers were advised to check their flight status before going to the airport.

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