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Church cancelled due to Storm Ciara

by Ruth Sax

Strong winds have been causing travel disruption in parts of the country with airlines cancelling dozens of domestic and international flights as Storm Ciara sweeps across Britain.

Weather warnings have been issued for this weekend as the storm, set to be the most intense in Britain since 2013, is expected to bring 80mph winds and heavy rain - with impacts felt across the whole of the UK on Sunday.

As a public safety precaution, the Queen did not attend church in Sandringham due to high winds in the area.

In other parts of the country, churches have cancelled services on Sunday due to safety concerns.

Rev Caroline Hewlett in Swaledale, North Yorkshire told Premier she had to cancel all services today in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale: "The road up to the valley is flooded so we couldn't get to the evening service tonight, so that's been cancelled and the two morning services the road to them are in a very bad way and full of water and it's so windy.

"I've been out and I've seen what's going on but made the decision to cancel our services so that people can stay home and be safe and help their neighbours where they need to."

Swaledale was one of the places devastated by flooding last summer and there are concerns Storm Ciara could cause more destruction if there is a lot of rain.

Rev Hewlett asked for people to pray for the storm to "pass and be still and for the water to be held back. We appreciate prayers and are praying for no more flooding."

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for much of England and Wales until 9pm, saying "widespread gales" could cause damage to homes and businesses, travel disruption and power cuts, and pose a "danger to life".

An amber warning for heavy rain covers parts of Scotland, while yellow warnings are in place across the whole of the UK, with a risk of flooding in areas.

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