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High winds, heavy snow buffets Britain and Ireland, making air, road travel hazardous

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

The Environment Agency said Thursday that 149 flood alerts and 32 flood warnings had been issued in England and Wales, with more reported in Scotland.

PHOTO: Waves crash against the sea defenses in Portrush, Northern Ireland, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.  Thousands of homes across Ireland have been left without power after storm force winds battered the country overnight leaving thousands of homes without power. A storm swept in from the Atlantic late Wednesday night, bringing torrential rain and winds of up to 150km/h.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Waves crash against the sea defenses in Portrush, Northern Ireland, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Thousands of homes across Ireland have been left without power after storm force winds battered the country overnight leaving thousands of homes without power. A storm swept in from the Atlantic late Wednesday night, bringing torrential rain and winds of up to 150km/h. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

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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PHOTO: Waves crash against the sea defences in Portrush, Northern Ireland, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.  Thousands of homes across Ireland have been left without power after storm force winds battered the country overnight leaving thousands of homes without power. A storm swept in from the Atlantic late Wednesday night, bringing torrential rain and winds of up to 150km/h.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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