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Sunday, 10 March, 2002, 07:02 GMT
More wind and snow to lash UK
The A66 in Cumbria, which was blocked by snow on Saturday
Major routes across Cumbria were blocked by snow
More gales and snow are expected to batter many parts of the UK on Sunday, after a day of disruption on Saturday.

One woman was killed by falling rubble which blew from an old building as gales of up to 77mph hit much of the UK.

The wind died down overnight, but the weather was expected to get worse again on Sunday, with winds of up to 50mph expected in some areas.

This one wasn't really predicted, it came on us with a vengeance

Cumbria police spokesman
The Met Office said the weather would be "fraught" in Scotland, with the Borders and Cumbria also suffering.

On Saturday, the 56-year-old woman who lost her life, died at the scene of the accident in Chapel Street, Rugby, Warwickshire.

Fire-fighters rescued a woman at the Brookside Caravan Park in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales after a tree was blown on to a caravan.

A lifeboat sent to help a 20ft fishing boat which ran aground on sand banks at Newport, south Wales got into difficulties itself, the Swansea coastguard reported.

Up to 12,000 homes in East Anglia lost power, and major routes in the north-west of England were blocked with snow as winter weather returned.

Power lines

Football fans narrowly avoided injury when part of Birmingham City's stadium roof was blown off into the stands, minutes before the end of their first division clash with Wolves.

Steve Birt, who watched the match, said: "It was like a flying razor blade. It was so dangerous - if anyone had been sitting there it would have taken their heads off."

Fallen power lines caused a great deal of disruption to travellers in many parts of the country.

Passengers on seven trains were trapped at Hanslope between Rugby and Northampton, after overhead cables were disrupted.

Junctions 19 to 20 of the M4 were closed after power lines came down across both carriageways.

Roads blocked

Fallen cables completely blocked the London-bound rail line between Bristol Parkway and Westerley stations.

The old Severn Bridge was also closed to traffic because of high winds.

On Saturday evening, several passes in Cumbria remained closed, including the Kirkstone Pass and The Struggle near Ambleside.

In Cumbria, snow reduced the M6 near Penrith to one lane and completely blocked the A6 and the A66 trans-Pennine route between Cumbria and Durham.

The A66, the main trans-Pennine route from Penrith, was closed by Durham police, at its highest point, Stainmore.

A Cumbria police spokesman said: "This one wasn't really predicted, it came on us with a vengeance."

See also:

09 Mar 02 | Wales
Gales batter roads and rail
01 Feb 02 | England
Rescue hunt for man swept to sea
31 Jan 02 | UK
UK braced for more storms
26 Nov 01 | England
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