Commuters to and from Luton are suffering the effects of the St Jude storm as rail services are cancelled for the day.
Services between Bedford and Brighton via St Pancras International on First Capitcal Connect did not run this morning and have been cancelled for the forseeable future.
In Luton there were fallen branches and debris in the roads but Bedfordshire Police said they were not called out to attend any storm-related incidents.
FCC said: “The storm has led to fallen trees and damage to buildings and other structures, some of which are blocking the railway in a number of places. We are also unable to operate any replacement buses at this time. It is possible that some lines may remain closed all day. We advise you not to attempt to travel.”
A tree was down in Toddington Road on the Northbound side and motorists were advised to avoid the area this morning.
Local weather expert Philip Eden said Luton and Dunsable escaped the worst of the gales.
He said: “Highest gust here at Whipsnade was just 50mph at 6.15 am, and the highest gusts at Luton Airport were 47mph at 7.20 and 7.50 am.
“The gales struck between 3am and 9am, after which they eased a little. It was the worst gale here only for six months.
“However, elsewhere in the country it was a different story, and gusts reached 105mph at Sandettie Lightship in the Straits of Dover.”
Beds Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Neil Thompson said plans and preparations had been in place with other emergency services, local authorities and the Environment Agency.
He said: “We haven’t had a large number of calls. We have had some reports of trees having fallen and blocked roads, which we forwarded to the highways department for them to deal with. Fortunately we appear to have avoided the worst of the storm damage.”
In Kent, a 17-year-old girl was killed when a tree fell on her home and a man in his 50s died when a tree fell on his car as he drove to work in Watford.
The storm was predicted by the Met Office to be one of the worst storms in years.
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