UK STORM LIVE: Lincolnshire could be left battered as high winds and torrential rain close in
UPDATE:07.02 Police are urging motorists to slow down on the A52 between Boston and Grantham due to standing water.
UPDATE:07.01 Spilsby Market has today been cancelled due to the bad weather in Lincolnshire.
UPDATE:06.58 Crew at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are currently investigating two flooding incidents in Donington in the county.
UPDATE:06.55Morning all. Difficult drive in this morning. Plenty of water about on Cross O'Cliff Hill and the High St, Lincoln.
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UPDATE:21.42 There are now 124 flood alerts across country... 38 in the Midlands.
UPDATE:21.38 Residents being urged by West Lindsey District Council to remove bins as soon as possible from streets, once they've been collected on Monday morning, because of strong winds.
UPDATE:21.30 Several ferry companies have also cancelled services, including some English Channel and Irish Sea crossings.
UPDATE:21.20 The Met Office has confirmed between 20-40mm of rain might fall within six to nine hours in the wettest areas overnight.
UPDATE:21.20 Reports that the windy conditions are hampering the search for a 14-year-old boy swept into the sea in East Sussex.
UPDATE:21.11 Plans to shut the Queen Elizabeth II bridge on the M25 in the early hours of Monday morning due to heavy wind.
UPDATE:21.08 CONFIRMED: A249 Sheppey Crossing bridge in Kent has been closed due to bad weather.
UPDATE:21.00 It has been reported a £1billion bill is feared in the wake of the storm set to batter Britain tonight due to damage, power cuts and travel chaos.
UPDATE:20.52 M48 Severn Bridge CLOSED both ways due to strong winds.
UPDATE:20.47 Home owners are being advised to check for dropped tiles from their roof once the storm is over.
UPDATE:20.38 Lincolnshire Police urge drivers to reduce speed when they are likely to encounter high winds.
UPDATE:20.26 Another big surge in flood alerts in Midlands. Now stands at 35. 121 across the country.
UPDATE:20.24 Ambulance service EMAS urges people to take care this evening and tomorrow morning.
UPDATE:20.18 TRAINS: Massive disruption to East Coast line - 48 trains are cancelled and speed reduced to as low as 50mph. Delays likely.
UPDATE:20.09 Surge in flood alerts across the Midlands. From 21 to 26. Now 110 across the country. Three flood warnings.
UPDATE:20.05 Lincolnshire County Council says all 2,000 homecare visits to be attempted tomorrow as planned despite bad weather.
UPDATE:19.53 Now 100 flood alerts across the country for this evening and into tomorrow. Still 21 in the Midlands. None yet in Lincolnshire itself.
UPDATE:19.44 Eurostar announces service cancelled until 7am tomorrow due to weather problems. Line requires inspection.
UPDATE:19.43 Network Rail says there will be no Southern and Gatwick Express service before 9am with an altered service expected after that.
UPDATE:19.33 North Kesteven District Council says it'll supply filled and empty sandbags to residents for use in emergency cases. Hotline: 01529 308308 or 01522 699650
UPDATE:19.30 There are now 92 flood alerts across the country - 21 of which are in the Midlands.
UPDATE:18.57 There are now 80 flood alerts across the country - 20 in the Midlands.
UPDATE:18.41 Reports coming in British Airways cancels 21 short haul flights due to storm.
UPDATE:18.37< The Environment Agency has now issued 20 flood alerts across the Midlands for this evening.
UPDATE:18.33East Midlands Trains confirm services running as normal tonight.
UPDATE:18.26 Resident in Welbourn, near Sleaford, tells the Echo it is so windy that trees will definitely be falling in the area tonight. She advises people to drive carefully.
UPDATE:18.25 Children's author William Hussey reveals the weather in Skegness is very windy - but no more than that at this stage.
UPDATE:18.23 A 14-year-old boy has swept away in a strong current while swimming in Sussex, police have tonight confirmed.
UPDATE:17.58 There are now 17 flood alerts across the Midlands for this evening.
UPDATE:17.50 Gainsborough councillor Pat O'Connor has told the Echo the wind is gathering speed in the town.
He said: "It is not drastic right now but you can just tell it's a matter of time before it gets a lot worse.
"I can hear the rattling of windows and see rubbish flying down the street.
"There has been no rain yet but it is very dark."
UPDATE:17.30 There are currently 15 flood alerts for the Midlands and 62 flood alerts issued by the Environment Agency for the country.
UPDATE:17.25 Richard Stephenson, Director of Corporate Affairs at AXA UK, comments on the impending St Jude storm due to hit the UK on the evening of 27 October:
"The impending so-called St Jude Storm, due to hit large parts of the UK this evening, is predicted by the Met Office to be one of the worst storms in years.
"If the Met Office is proven to be correct, this could pose significant risks to those members of the public due to be impacted by St Jude.
"Extreme weather in recent years, such as the Cumbrian floods in 2009, has resulted in hundreds of millions of pounds worth of damages and this storm is likely to cause widespread damage to property and local infrastructure.
"It is important that those people and households likely to be adversely impacted by these extreme meteorological events prepare themselves appropriately.
"AXA recommends the following actions in order to mitigate the dangers posed by the coming storm:
- Put together an emergency kit in case you're stuck in your home - you could include waterproof clothes, non-perishable food, bottled water and any medication that you take
- Have a battery-powered radio for local alerts
- Keep your mobile phone fully charged - and make sure you have useful numbers that you may need
- It's always a good idea to keep important documents, including insurance policies, upstairs in your home or at a high level, preferably in a waterproof container
- Make sure you know how to shut-off gas, electricity, oil-fired heating and water, even in the dark
- Sand bags, flood sacks, door guards and air brick covers can also stop or slow water getting into your home. A good DIY store should stock these items.
- Please make sure your home is well maintained to prevent leaks as damage due to wear and tear may not be covered."
UPDATE:17.05 The Met Office believe the worst of the storm will have passed by lunch time tomorrow.
UPDATE:17.00 There are now 12 flood alerts for the Midlands
UPDATE:17.00 Monday's market at Spilsby has been cancelled and traders have been informed.
UPDATE:16.55 Stagecoach buses in rural Lincoln may be cancelled or delayed at short notice tomorrow if the weather worsens.
Other bus services may be delayed.
UPDATE:16.50 There are currently no reports of any schools closures in the county for Monday.
UPDATE:16.45 East Coast trains have a contingency timetable available online for Monday.
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UPDATE:16.35 Greater Anglia trains reveal no service running tomorrow until at least 9am.
UPDATE:16.30 East Midlands trains say the services between Lincoln and Nottingham should run as normal tomorrow.
UPDATE:16.25 There are currently 52 flood alerts for the country and seven for the Midlands.
High winds and torrential rain are closing in on Lincolnshire as St Jude's Storm tightens its grip on the country.
Emergency services across Lincolnshire have warned local drivers to only venture out if it is absolutely necessary.
A powerful weather system developing over the Atlantic could see Britain battered tonight with some of the worst weather conditions since the Great Storm of 1987 - forecasters have predicted.
Winds of up to 90mph are predicted for the south west, while Lincolnshire and the East Midlands are expected to feel the wrath of 70mph winds tonight and tomorrow with flooding also expected in parts.
Follow our live coverage here throughout the evening and into tomorrow as we bring you any news of school or road closures. There may also be disruptions to the rail service across the region.
We will also bring you pictures and videos of the worst hit areas. Please send your videos or pictures to @markwilliams_Le or email@example.com and we will endeavor to use them.
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