Virgin East Coast Trains advises passengers not to travel on Thursday as Storm Doris arrives

Storm Doris is expected to batter Northamptonshire tomorrow with gusts of up to 80 mph.

Storm Doris is expected to batter Northamptonshire tomorrow with gusts of up to 80 mph.

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Updated: Commuters using Virgin East Coast Trains are being warned not to travel on Thursday as Storm Doris begins batter Peterborough with high winds and rain.

The train operator has tweeted this evening to advise customers not to travel and that all tickets for Thursday, 23 February will be valid until 2pm on Friday.

However, as there are no planned cancellations customers are not entitled to a refund if they choose not to travel due to the adverse weather.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for Peterborough and are warning winds of up to 80mph.

Some very strong winds are expected throughout Thursday, in association with storm ‘Doris’, with a short period where gusts of 70 to 80mph are possible.

Whilst the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris.

A developing area of low pressure is expected to move across the UK, with heavy rain is also likely through Thursday as well as some snow over high ground as the system clears eastwards. These may prove additional hazards.

The exact timing and track of this system remain uncertain but there is potential for a short-lived core of very strong winds to develop. Whilst some disruption is expected outside of this stronger swathe of winds, the amber area looks most likely to see more significant disruption.

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