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Weather disrupting flights

12/03/2008

Various forms of transport including ferries, flights and trains have been affected by a second day of high winds and storms across the UK.

The north-west of England, Northern Ireland and north Wales were hardest hit this morning as gales with winds of up to 85mph swept in from the North Atlantic.

Because of the extreme conditions, 22 flights were cancelled at Heathrow while other airports such as Leeds-Bradford and Birmingham International all had flights cancelled.

Speaking to the Guardian, John Hammond from the Met Office, said that East Anglia still had a severe weather warning in place.

"Breezy conditions are still apparent, but they will ease and become less strong into the evening and early hours of the morning. The gales will blow themselves out," stated Mr Hammond.

Elsewhere rail services in the north of England and Wales were the worst affected while ferry operators in the Channel were warning of rough rides.

Meanwhile, the Cheltenham Festival was hit by the weather with today's racing abandoned after high winds hit Prestbury Park this morning.

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