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Warning of more storm disruption, Southeastern trains delayed through Penge East
FURTHER disruption is expected today following the most powerful storm to hit Britain in years.
The authorities continue to clear away debris and fallen trees and rail services slowly return to normal.
Southeastern says all country-bound lines are blocked due to a train fault at Penge East.
Train services running through this station may be delayed or revised at short notice. It is not yet known how long it will take for normal services to resume.
National Rail is advising travellers to check with their train operator before leaving their homes.
The storm, which is now over Scandinavia, will today be replaced with far lighter winds and rain, but dozens of areas in southern England still remain on flood alert, The Environment Agency says.
Insurers are counting the cost of the storm but say it is too early to tell whether it will compare with the multibillion-pound hits caused by previous severe weather events.
Initial estimates of the level of financial damage wrought are not expected until later this week, the Association of British Insurers says.
Yesterday morning, winds of up to 100mph swept through the South West, South, South East, the Midlands and the East of England after first hitting land in the early hours.
Up to 2.4 inches of rain - half the monthly average - fell in a just few hours during the storm in areas including Hampshire and Devon causing flash floods.
Met Office spokeswoman Laura Young warned the impacts from the storm are still around and urged the public to remain alert.
John Lee, a forecaster for the MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said it was the most powerful storm in years.
"There will no doubt be some disruption still following the damage caused by strong winds and heavy rain, but the weather will be quite different," he said.
"It will be blustery with some showers, especially in the west, but a lot lighter. "On Friday there is an indication that stormy weather could return, but it's likely to bring heavy rain rather than strong winds."
Experts said that, while the gales were relatively weak compared with the Great Storm of 1987, it had shown how much weather predictions have improved compared with 26 years ago.
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