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Storm Ciara arrives in the UK

Waves crash over a lorry on Blackpool waterfront on Monday in the aftermath of Storm Ciara. (PA)

Pictured: Storm Ciara causes severe flooding and sends debris flying

Storm Ciara swept across the UK on Sunday, with heavy winds and flooding causing severe damage in several towns.

Flights, trains and ferries were disrupted and the Met Office issued weather warnings for large parts of the country.

In coastal areas and some places inland, winds of up to 80 miles per hour caused havoc as forecasters warned flying debris could lead to injuries or endanger lives.

Pictures released by Network Rail showed a trampoline blocking the tracks in Chelsfield, south London and rail companies in England, Scotland and Wales have urged passengers not to travel.

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And a North Wales Twitter user shared footage of rough seas flooding roads and bringing water to his front door on Tremadoc Bay in Criccieth, Gwynedd.

“This is quite an exceptional storm and I haven’t seen wind this strong for quite a few years,” 58-year-old company director Gethin Jones said.

Drivers were warned they face treacherous conditions with reports of fallen trees and other debris blocking roads, while firefighters in Blackpool had to rescue a motorist whose car got stuck in deep floodwater.

Gusts of 86 miles per hour were recorded in Capel Curig, in North Wales, at midnight, while the Isle of White saw 81mph winds on Sunday morning, while Cumbria saw 151.8mm of rain in 24 hours.