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A man has suffered life-changing injuries after being hit by a fallen tree, as winds of up to 60mph wreak havoc across the UK - with commuters facing delays due to the extreme weather which has flooded tracks and left hundreds stranded.
The West Coast Main Line between Scotland and England was closed due to flooding on the tracks between Carlisle and Lockerbie, Network Rail Scotland revealed, saying the water level was up to a foot above the rails.
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In London, one man sustained 'life-changing' injuries after being hit by a falling tree in Streatham, while in Russell Square, a black cab was badly damaged by another tree. Elsewhere, ferry passengers heading into Dover faced delays of five hours as tug boats battled the weather to guide them into port.
And in Brighton, a nine-year-old was taken into police protection after being found camping alone under the pier in the middle of the night during fierce storms.
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It comes as a yellow warning was issued for large swathes of the country. In the north there are forecasts of 'slow moving, heavy, thundery downpours' across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England. In the south the country faced gusts of 50mph inland and coastal areas battled 60mph winds.
SailGP had postponed Saturday's two races in the prestigious Cowes sailing regatta due to expected gale-force winds. While flooded tracks forced train operators to cancel services between Cumbria and Scotland in a day of disruption on the rail network caused by strong winds and heavy rain.
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National Rail had said flooding between Penrith North and Lockerbie meant all lines were blocked, tweeting images of the rails which were about a foot under water.
Passengers travelling between Carlisle and Glasgow Central or Edinburgh were advised not to travel, with major disruption expected until at least the end...
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