Storm Emma: Girl dies as Army called in to ease transport chaos

A man takes a selfie in front of Wells cathedral in Somerset. The south-west has been particularly badly affected by the weather chaos

A man takes a selfie in front of Wells cathedral in Somerset. The south-west has been particularly badly affected by the weather chaos

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Army was drafted in last night while a girl died in a 'weather-related' crash as Storm Emma brought fresh chaos to vast swathes of the UK.

After the Beast from the East brought snow blizzards and forced the closure of schools and key transport systems earlier in the week, the new storm brought winds of up to 90mph, causing major bottlenecks on the roads with much of the chaos concentrated in the south-west.

Hampshire Police sought military help to evacuate the A31, after drivers were stuck in a tailback for several hours. Meanwhile while Avon and Somerset Constabulary said around 100 vehicles were stuck in a massive blockage near Ilminster.

The chaos is just as bad in the extreme south-west of the country, with around 300 drivers getting stuck on the A30 in Okehampton, Devon.

In Cornwall, a seven-year-old girl was confirmed to have died in a road collision which police attributed to the weather.

The crash, which took place in Looe, took place around 2.30pm yesterday after a car left the road and struck a house, according to The Guardian. The victim, a pedestrian, was confirmed dead at the scene.

Thousands of schools remain shut today as the stormy weather shows no sign of abating, with yellow and amber weather warnings in place for pretty much the entire country.

Further snow is predicted for large parts of Britain throughout today (March 2). The Met Office says conditions are likely to improve over the weekend, although there will be further snow showers in the north.