Britain is on alert for a second killer storm later this week after severe weather yesterday crippled the Christmas getaway. The warning came after three people died amid horrendous conditions which caused roads and rail mayhem and led to flight cancellations. Gales are expected to continue to lash the UK today with a brief respite tomorrow and Boxing Day before the next storm arrives. Read more >>
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