Storm Ciara has claimed its third victim after a falling tree branch killed a dog walker in his sixties this morning – and now the country braces itself for ‘Storm Dennis’.
The storm is said to be on a collision course with the UK and expected to hit Saturday, but not before more snow and ice chaos is expected this week.
Heavy snow fell in some regions after the bad weather disrupted flights, ferries and trains throughout Britain yesterday, while gusts swept across the country felling trees and causing chaos on the roads.
Storm Ciara has moved eastwards from the UK, but it will leave mass white-outs in its wake up and down the country as the Met Office issued fresh snow warnings for today.
The Met Office has issued a warning over the next named storm, Storm Dennis, which a spokesman said is not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara but will bring widespread strong winds and heavy rain this weekend.
The effects of Storm Ciara, that hit the UK at the weekend leaving more than 20,000 homes without power overnight, was felt by commuters this morning who encountered further delays.
The powerful storm has also claimed three victims after a falling tree killed a 58-year-old Mercedes driver and a 77-year-old man fell over and banged his head on ice.
And today, a dog walker in his sixties was killed after being hit by a falling tree in Black Wood, Liverpool.
His family, who laid flowers at the scene this evening, were too upset to comment and he has not yet been identified.
Pensioner Elizabeth Sorsky, 79, who has lived on a street overlooking the park for 26 years, said: ‘A lady down the road said a woman ran out of the woods outside saying a man had been hit by a tree.
‘Another neighbour went to check his pulse and found he had no pulse and was dead.
‘We have been on about the trees for a long time – we have sent letter after letter and have complained and complained and complained to the council.
‘These trees could fall on our house – it’s horrendous.
‘And now a man who went out for a walk in the morning has died. It’s horrendous – the dog was still waiting for him.
‘Maybe now the local authorities will pull their finger out and do something.
‘The trees are so close to the road that they could fall on school children going to the local school.’
A spokesman for Merseyside Police also confirmed to local media the man’s loyal dog was still at his side when police and paramedics arrived at the scene.
Dramatic footage from Blackpool today showed violent waves crashing to shore as gale force winds battered the Lancashire coastline at one of Britain’s most iconic seaside resorts.
The forecaster has warned that treacherous icy conditions will sweep across the Midlands, parts of the northeast, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
A yellow warning for heavy snow and strong winds is in place for Northern Ireland and most of Scotland, while a yellow warning of snow and ice is in force for north-west England today.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Jemma Carr, Milly Vincent, and Joe Middleton