High winds, heavy snow buffets Britain; travel hazardous

LONDON (TIP): Britain and Ireland have been battered by 100mph (160kph) winds and heavy snow, stranding some motorists after a major road was closed.

The environment agency said on January 15 that 149 flood alerts and 32 flood warnings had been issued in England and Wales, with more reported in Scotland.

Heavy weather and high seas also hit Northern Ireland.

Some of the most severe problems took place in Scotland where drivers on were stranded overnight on a highway by heavy snow. Hundreds of homes were left without power. In Dublin, airport officials said a number of incoming flights were diverted to other airports because of high winds. Travelers were advised to check their flight status before going to the airport.

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