Storm Jocelyn has unleashed a fresh wave of travel chaos across much of the UK, arriving hot on the heels of Storm Isha, which claimed two lives and left thousands without power. This tenth named storm of the season prompted an amber wind warning in parts of Scotland on Wednesday morning, with a yellow alert covering much of the UK into the afternoon.
The Met Office reported staggering wind gusts of 97mph in Capel Curig, Snowdonia, 79mph in Aberdaron, Wales, and 77mph in Shap, Cumbria. In South Wales, a search was launched for a person reportedly in the sea at Porthcawl, but was suspended early on Wednesday.
HM Coastguard, alongside RNLI lifeboats from Mumbles and Barry Dock, participated in the search following a report just before 6pm on Tuesday.
Rail services to and from Scotland were suspended until at least noon on Wednesday, with further transport disruptions anticipated. Martin Thomson, national operations manager for resilience at Transport Scotland, warned of more delays and cancellations affecting ferries, flights, and rail services into Wednesday morning.
Network Rail Scotland dealt with incidents including flooding, fallen trees, and a shed roof blown onto a track on Tuesday evening. Comprehensive inspections of routes for damage were planned from first light. ScotRail announced that all lines would be checked before services could resume, indicating significant delays in train operations.
Road closures due to high winds included the Queen Elizabeth II bridge at the Dartford Crossing, M48 Severn Bridge, and A66 in County Durham and Cumbria. The Humber Bridge, A19 Tees Flyover, and the Woodhead Pass in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire were closed to high-sided vehicles.
In Scotland, the A76 was shut in both directions between Skelmorlie and Largs due to sea water breaching the sea wall, and several bridges faced restrictions on high-sided vehicles.
Air travel was also affected, with eight flights cancelled at Dublin Airport and four at Glasgow Airport on Tuesday evening. The Met Office's amber warning for wind remained in effect across the north and west of Scotland until 8am on Wednesday, with a yellow warning across Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales, and northwest England until 1pm, and a further yellow warning across northeast England, the Midlands, and south Wales until 3pm.
Parts of York experienced flooding, with river flooding probable in parts of northern England on Wednesday, according to the Environment Agency. River flooding was also possible along parts of the upper River Severn in Shropshire until Friday. England had 21 flood warnings in place, with 37 in Scotland.
As Storm Jocelyn moved away from the UK on Wednesday, forecasters expected winds to gradually ease from the south, leading to a day of sunny spells and blustery showers, mainly dry in the south. Cloud and outbreaks of rain were predicted to move northeast on Thursday, with brighter conditions on Friday and Saturday and frequent showers in the north.
The storm's arrival followed the tragic incidents during Storm Isha, where an 84-year-old man died in Grangemouth, Falkirk, after a car crashed into a fallen tree, and a man in his 60s was killed in a crash involving two vans and a fallen tree in Limavady, Co Londonderry.