UPDATE: Southeastern reduces train speeds after predicted gales and floods

News Shopper: Flooding and gale force winds could affect News Shopper readers Flooding and gale force winds could affect News Shopper readers

FLOODS and extreme weather could sweep across the News Shopper area today (Dec 23) with gale force winds of up to 70mph.

Train company Southeastern has announced train speeds will reduce to 50 miles per hour this afternoon and warns there could be cancellations at short notice.

The Environment Agency has warned people to check the flood risks for their areas and if needed, protect valuables at home and rethink driving plans.               

It has issued a floor alert  in the Darent Catchment which includes the River Darent from Westerham to Dartford, including Brasted, Sundridge, Chipstead, Dunton Green, Otford, Eynsford and South Darenth. 

There is also an Amber Warning for rain in parts of southern England and gale force winds will be added hazards with gusts of up to 70mph in some areas.

People should prepare for some significant disruption due to the combined hazards of heavy rainfall and high winds and it is expected rainfall should clear across southeast England on Tuesday morning.

An Enviroment Agency spokesman said: “People who are set to be away for the festive period are urged to check the flood risk for their local area and, if necessary, take steps to protect valuable items left at home.

“Drivers are also urged to check the latest flood updates ahead of their journey - and urged not to drive through dangerous floodwater.”

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Southeastern announced on its website: "Bad weather may affect travel this afternoon through to tomorrow morning.

"Weather reports are for heavy rain and strong winds from 4pm in the afternoon through to 9am tomorrow.

"As a precaution a speed restriction of 50 miles an hour will be in place.

"There may be some services cancelled at short notice - particularly in the Kent and Sussex coastal areas."

The extreme weather is predicted to ease off by 9am tomorrow.

For more information, visit: environment-agency.gov.uk/news/151360.aspx

Have you encountered extreme weather in the News Shopper patch? Send your pictures or get in touch on 01689 885 721 or hwood@london.newsquest.co.uk

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9:58am Mon 23 Dec 13

tellmethisdoesn'twork says...

No doubt SouthEastern will cancel trains citing wrong type of rain.
Done it last week, done it this morning so chances are good I would say!!
No doubt SouthEastern will cancel trains citing wrong type of rain. Done it last week, done it this morning so chances are good I would say!! tellmethisdoesn'twork

11:18am Mon 23 Dec 13

dee2009 says...

1 leaf on track and train will STOP lol.
1 leaf on track and train will STOP lol. dee2009

12:17pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Techvedic says...

It would freeze everything, the best the people can do is to stay dormant as much as possible. No need to challenge the nature...editor Techvedic.
It would freeze everything, the best the people can do is to stay dormant as much as possible. No need to challenge the nature...editor Techvedic. Techvedic

1:30pm Mon 23 Dec 13

elaerol says...

For those of us that are still working, not looking forward to the journey home later today and trying to get in tomorrow morning.
For those of us that are still working, not looking forward to the journey home later today and trying to get in tomorrow morning. elaerol

1:49am Tue 24 Dec 13

SuzieBut says...

Huge Pine tree has gone down outside my house, very scary. Looking around at the other trees out there in horror!! Stay safe all x
Huge Pine tree has gone down outside my house, very scary. Looking around at the other trees out there in horror!! Stay safe all x SuzieBut

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