After the battering of #StormCiara, Southeastern Railway says the vast majority of routes are open with a normal service, though they've made a few changes listed below. Image
DFDS says sailings from Dover have resumed, but they are expecting further disruption today. #StormCiara Image
There's still a yellow warning of wind right along the south coast - until 7pm. #StormCiara Image
Gatwick Airport is warning that some flights will have delays and cancellations. #StormCiara

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Oct 12
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