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Storm Emma meets the Beast
from the East and wreaks
chaos across the UK.
At least three and half thousand
drivers were stranded
on the M62 across the Pennines.
Some managed to get to shelter.
We landed in Manchester Airport
about two o'clock yesterday and
we've been, well, trying
to get home since then.
Just going around in
circles on the M62.
Trains grind to a halt.
Frustrated passengers take matters
into their own hands.
Medical staff make heroic
efforts to get to work,
walking ten miles though the snow
there and back.
And, after the snow, flooding hits
parts of the South West.
We'll bring you the latest
on the weather from around the UK.
Theresa May sounds a pragmatic note
in her plans for Brexit saying
neither side will get
everything they want.
And as Hollywood prepares
for the Oscars this weekend,
one of its top stars on sexism
in the movie business.
Coming up on Sportsday
on BBC News...
Katerina Johnson-Thompson wins her
first global title, taking gold
in the pentathlon at
the World Indoor Championships.
Storm Emma has collided
with the Beast from the East
resulting in disruption
across much of Britain.
Heavy snow is causing
crashes, closing schools,
stranding rail and air passengers
as well as motorists.
One of the UK's major arteries,
the M62 across the Pennines,
is still shut tonight.
The Army has been called
in around the UK to help.
Strong winds have added to problems,
causing large drifts in places.
The sheer amount of snow remains
a major concern and even where it's
been cleared the freezing
temperatures mean ice
is now an added danger.
Danny Savage reports.
For the last 24 hours,
the M62 between West Yorkshire and
Manchester has been a disaster zone.
litter the carriageway.
One driver filmed
this early today...
Dozens of vehicles written off.
More than three and a half
thousand motorists were
stranded on this road overnight.
Most had been moved by this morning
but hundreds were taken
to emergency shelters.
We landed in Manchester
Airport about two o'clock
yesterday and we've been trying
to get home since then.
The main route from the M3 to
the South West of England, the A303,
also ground to a halt with drivers
defeated by a combination of heavy
snow and steep hills.
I'm trying to get to an old people's
home to get the heating on.
I've been stuck out here since three
o'clock this afternoon.
There was some respite at this local
petrol station that helped people
through the night.
We don't usually get snow
here, not like this.
Do you think you're
going to get out of here?
Of course we will.
"There's worse trouble
at sea," granny would say.
Snowploughs tried their best
but made little progress
because of the trapped vehicles.
From Yorkshire to the Scottish
border, nearly every route linking
east and west was closed.
Somewhere under here
is the A66 in Cumbria.
Even the gritters aren't
venturing out this far.
This should normally be a busy dual
carriageway over the
Pennines but it has
been shut for days.
It probably won't open for days yet
and it's all because of these gale
force winds just blowing the snow
constantly across the carriageway.
Police are patrolling the roads
to discourage people
from ignoring the closures.
These conditions are some of
the worst I've seen for many years.
The A66 is always one
that's a problem area.
As you can see today,
this is particularly bad.
Trying to get this open
is impossible at the moment.
In Hampshire, the 17:05 Waterloo
to Weymouth train last night
into a sleeper service.
Passengers were stuck
on board for 13 hours
as the train lost power.
The heating then failed
in the freezing conditions.
They managed to restore power
so we had lights but we had no
heating and things like the buffet
car had run out of food and drink
earlier on in the evening.
So, it was a pretty cold night.
In Shropshire, huge snowdrifts
blocked country roads as
an army of farmers set out across
Britain to try and clear them.
Neighbouring Worcestershire also saw
several inches of snow.
Across the border into
Wales, three people were
rescued after getting buried by
drifts in their car near Cowbridge.
They had to sound their horn
to guide searchers in.
In Ebbw Vale, firefighters
were called in to dig
their way into this house.
Back in the high Pennines, keeping
livestock fed was a priority.
Keeping them watered
though is a problem.
The water's frozen,
that's the main thing,
in the house and out of the house.
So, just watering animals is a big
chore at the minute and just
trying to feed up and getting to
the sheep that are three miles away,
just trying to get there is fun
and games at the minute really.
Delivering supplies by any means
possible will be normality in much
of Britain this weekend.
There's no obvious
sign of a thaw yet.
Danny Savage, BBC News.
The extreme weather has affected
emergency teams too,
with South Western Ambulance Service
telling people not to call
unless there is a threat to life.
Across the UK, many doctors,
nurses and support staff have walked
through snow and ice in an attempt
to ease the pressure on services.
From the Royal Devon and Exeter
Hospital, Jon Kay reports.
This is the road to Exeter's main
hospital, serving nearly
half a million people.
Hey, Anna, how are you getting on?
In A&E, eight-year-old Anna has
come off her sledge.
You've got a headache now, have you?
Are you hungry at all?
And she might need a scan.
Her doctor is one of many who have
struggled into work.
She should be fine.
OK, great, thank you.
How did you get in?
I cycled on a mountain bike.
That's about five miles.
There was a lot of pushing -
just trying to get a bit
of traction in the snow.
We were out walking
the dogs last night.
Junior doctor Chris is helping
Debbie, who slipped on the ice.
Wait till you hear
about his journey to work.
I walked about ten miles
from Exeter into hospital.
, from Exmouth.
And then you'll have
to walk ten miles back.
Yeah, just like last night.
Did it cross your mind to call
in and say, "I can't make it today,
I'm going to have a snow day."
I think you do certain jobs and you
have a certain responsibility.
40 staff slept in the hospital
overnight after a critical
incident was declared here.
Phil also stayed over.
He couldn't move his iced up car
after visiting his wife
on the surgical ward.
More than a hundred relatives
were given a place to sleep.
It's been absolutely fantastic.
I can't thank people enough.
I couldn't have wished
for a better stay.
You make it sound like a hotel?
Well, it has been.
No traffic jams in this city today
but emergency crews have struggled
to reach casualties.
South Western Ambulance saying only
call 909 if it's life-threatening.
Among the walking wounded,
plenty of breaks, sprains and cuts,
most of them weather-related.
The worst one is just here.
Pete fell in the snow.
It could have been much worse.
There were other people
in here who have had a lot more
serious accidents than I have.
After a tough winter,
and an exhausting 48-hours,
there are more weather
challenges to come.
The hospital's chief nurse now
has to find extra staff
for the next few days.
We are calling out now
for registered nurses in particular,
if they are able to get
here, could they come?
Particularly this weekend so we can
get through the weekend.
Back in Casualty, Anna
is making progress
after her sledging accident.
Her dad is a local farmer
and tonight he'll be clearing
roads with his tractor,
so the hospital can keep running.
Well, Jon Kay filmed that report
earlier today in Exeter.
He's a glutton for punishment.
He's now moved on to Dawlish
on the south Devon coast,
where there's flooding,
just to add to the problems.
John, it looks pretty grim there.
Yes, Fiona, good evening. Almost
every train operator in the country
has been affected by the weather in
some weight today here at Dawlish
which is where the train line runs
right next to the sea it is
particularly bad. At the moment no
trains can come through because of
flooding we had earlier caused by
storm Emma. That means the far
south-west of England is cut off
from the rest of the rail network.
Nowhere near as bad as it was four
years ago in the floods when the
train line was left hanging in
midair. This time it should be fixed
within about 36 hours, fingers
crossed full stop this incident is a
reminder of just how vulnerable this
stretch of track is and this in the
very week that politicians have been
debating what to do about the
long-term resilience, the long-term
future of this infrastructure.
Tonight in the short term I can tell
you that temperatures are rising in
South Devon, the icy snow melting
and thawing quickly. For people who
live around here, they are looking
at flood alerts and not just high
tides for tomorrow morning.
There was trouble on
the trains this evening
in South London after delayed
jumping on to the tracks.
Come on. There we are. Nice and
People stuck on a train
near Lewisham forced open the doors
and began walking down the tracks.
People stuck on a train
near Lewisham forced open the doors
and began walking down
the railway line.
Operator Southeastern warned
they couldn't run the trains
while people were near the tracks.
In Scotland, the worst
of the weather may be over.
But days of appalling
conditions is having an impact
on farmers and food supply.
Our Scotland Correspondent, Lorna
Gordon, reports from Kilbarchan.
The rolling hills of Renfrewshire,
pretty, but the conditions making it
The best way to reach
this farm, by foot.
They are doing their best to get
milk out but they have
had just one tanker
in and they do not expect another.
You see the snowdrifts coming
down the road yourself.
It is up above my shoulders.
We can't get the milk vans out,
the milk tankers in,
we cannot get feed stuff in.
You just don't know where to turn.
These cows produce 2000
litres of milk every day.
This farm is not alone
in facing big challenges
in getting its milk to the shops.
It is thought a significant number
of farmers here in Scotland are now
having to dispose of their milk.
In local shops, some essentials
are in short supply.
I came with my studs on all the way
down the road to get milk,
and there was no milk.
No milk anywhere.
We've come back for a second loaf.
We figured we'd best get two.
Apparently, there is not much left
anywhere, so we did the right thing.
Empty shelves seen in some stores
elsewhere. Those tasked with getting
through say this weather is the
worst that has been seen in decades.
We have never seen as much snow as
this. We are delivering milk to
Dumfries in the south. We have
never, ever seen this.
Once the snow
melts, stocks will reach the shops
once more. Easing the pressure on
farms like this who are trying to
keep their customers with milk.
With freezing temperatures
continuing well into next week,
and possibly the week after,
there's little sign of let-up
in the bitter weather.
Let's speak to our Wales
correspondent, Sian Lloyd, who's
in the Vale of Glamorgan.
That is an incredible amount of snow
Yes. There are many
scenes like this to be seen right
across the bail of Glamorgan.
Drifting snow is a real problem. --
the Vale of Glamorgan. We have been
out to about across this county
today and have seen many local
farmers out in their tractors trying
to clear the country roads which are
so important to the local
population. There has been such a
heavy demand on the snowploughs and
gritters. They cannot get
everywhere. Many major routes have
been closed. Lots of local providers
have not been able to operate their
services, so very limited public
transport. Some 2000 homes across
the country here are without power
and also all of the schools were
closed here again today. We are on
the yellow warning like many parts
of the UK. Plummeting temperatures.
It is bitterly cold here tonight but
it is expected to freeze and we're
not sure what we will wake up to
Other news now, and Theresa
May has outlined her
vision of Britain's
with the European Union.
She warned that both sides
would have to accept "hard facts"
and that no one would get
everything they want.
She said the UK would have to pay
money into some EU agencies
to maintain access to them.
And she repeated her commitment that
that Britain would NOT be part
of the EU's single market or
Our Political Editor,
Laura Kuenssberg, was
watching the speech.
Roll up, roll up.
A hot ticket for a certain
kind of audience.
Looking forward to the speech.
Ministers and diplomats
arriving for a speech.
Can you unite the party, sir?
That will affect us all.
And it matters to her survival, too.
With controversy never far away.
The first message -
no more promises that after Brexit,
we can have it all, to trade just
as we do now or be completely free
from the European courts.
I want to be straight
with people because the reality
is that we all need to face up
to some hard facts.
We are leaving the single market.
Life is going to be different.
In certain ways our access to each
other's markets will be
less than it is now.
The second hard fact is that even
after we have left the jurisdiction
of the European Court of Justice,
EU law and the decisions of the ECJ
will continue to affect us.
Out of the single market
and the customs union,
she confirmed, yet no new answer
to one of the hardest parts.
We don't want to go back
to a hard border in Ireland.
We've ruled out any physical
infrastructure at the border or any
related checks and controls.
But it's not good enough to say,
"We won't introduce a hard border.
"If the EU forces Ireland to do it,
that is down to them".
We chose to leave and we
have a responsibility
to help find a solution.
But we can't do it on our own.
It is for all of us
to work together.
More details on how she wants much
of the economy to stay closer
to the EU, but the Prime Minister
wants the right to pick
and choose when and how.
The Commission has suggested
that the only option available
to the UK is an off-the-shelf model.
We both need to face the fact
that this is a negotiation
and neither of us can have exactly
what we want.
The fact is that every free trade
agreement has varying market access
depending on the respective
interests of the countries involved.
If this is cherry picking,
then every trade arrangement
is cherry picking.
Last, an answer to claims her plans
are too vague and unreal.
We know what we want.
We understand your principles.
We have a shared interest
in getting this right.
So let's get on with it.
Do you accept now that we can't
have it all as we leave?
Secondly, you have outlined today
you want to pick and mix,
even though the EU has repeatedly
rejected that approach.
What is it do you think you can say
to your EU leaders that
will actually change their minds?
I'm confident as we come and sit
down together we will be able
to show that mutual interest
and mutual benefit from
the proposals I have put forward.
After weeks of internal Tory
wrangling, the Prime Minister has
made gathered Tory grandees content.
This is about finding a way through
that will work for everybody.
Why have you spent so long saying
we can have everything?
You said we could have
the exact same benefits?
I said that is the aspiration.
What were aiming at here,
and what the Prime Miniester said
clearly, is that we want
to have a complete
We want to have mutual recognition.
All those things, not
just in our interest,
they are in Europe's interest
and that is why we will get them.
What happens if the
European Union says no?
The invitation that was made through
the speech the Prime Minister made
was to apply a cool head to some
very important, mutual problems,
but also opportunities.
An outbreak of Tory unity?
The Foreign Secretary was grounded
by snow but gave a thumbs up,
and Brexiteers and Remainers
followed suit, for now.
Governor, were you happy
with what you heard?
Others, like the Bank
of England governor,
less keen to give their verdict.
The opposition, unimpressed.
I think it will be judged
as yet more confusion
on the road to complications.
What we need is a set of objectives
which means we can protect
jobs in this country.
Number Ten has pressed
its case with more detail
and realism than before.
That could make a difference
to the next steps of
this lengthy tangle.
But there are plenty of audiences
making demands of Theresa May,
who will still demand yet more.
Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News.
With a year to go until Britain
leaves the EU, how do voters feel
the government is getting on?
Our Deputy Political Editor,
John Pienaar, has been to Reading
to gauge feelings there.
Brexit is a complete mess.
Not quick enough, not doing enough.
Did you really think it was going
to be simple and quick and easy?
I know people said it would be.
Did you think it would be?
I thought it would be.
I didn't think it would take two
years to come out of it.
Why should we have to give them
all this money back?
We've paid for it over the years.
I'm sure we've paid more than most.
You think just walk?
Yeah, definitely, yeah.
I think we're just a silly
government, to be honest with you.
How many kids have you got?
These are your kids, right?
We've got eight kids.
You've got eight kids.
Are you worried about their future?
Slightly on the fence,
because I don't see how
the economy is going to get any
better by leaving.
I think it could really
only get worse.
I think the question
is how much worse.
At the moment, I don't really
have a clue, because they haven't
set out a clear picture,
and they haven't done
all the tests to decide how
good or bad it will be.
She's not doing too bad a job.
She's just between a rock
and a hard place with
what she's got to work with.
My vision for the future
between the United Kingdom
and the European Union...
I feel people have been a bit hard
on her because she's
been given probably the worst
What about you?
Do you want to cut the Prime
Minister some slack on this?
I think she gets a worse rap than...
It's very easy to scapegoat
her and I do feel bad
for her in that sense.
I feel she has done an awful
lot of flip-flopping.
She really needs to sort of maybe
pick a direction and go with it.
Greater steps need to be
made to re-establish
the country's opinion on this.
There's a lot of people that
have changed their mind
since the last Brexit referendum.
Maybe doing another referendum would
be a good idea at the very least,
just to re-establish where we are,
prove maybe that the government
is on the right path,
or show the government
that they aren't.
In the end, can it work?
It has to.
Or else we're in a lot of trouble.
Theresa May, her mission today
is to see Britain more
united after Brexit.
Can that be done?
Brexit has separated our country
and I think it could make it worse
and it's very sad to see.
I think we've just got to live
with it and move on.
We've got to stick together.
John Pienaar, BBC News, Reading.
Katya Adler, who is in Brussels.
How did the speech go down there?
The EU has long been pressing
Theresa May for more details of her
Brexit vision and today they got the
details aplenty. There have been
working groups studying the Prime
Minister's speech of this evening
from all 27 countries and privately
EU diplomats have told me they
praised Theresa May's constructive
approach in her speech, her more
realistic approach, they said,
saying that of course not everybody
can have everything they want out of
the agreement. But they pointed out
that on the big picture they did not
see much new in the Prime Minister's
speech policy wise. The EU chief
negotiator tweeted that now that the
Prime Minister had confirmed the UK
would be leaving the single market
and the customs union, he could
confirm that the UK was heading
towards a free trade agreement with
the EU, meaning nothing really
closer than that. So the EU is still
by jesting what the Prime Minister
said, and apart from those who said
they regretted that she did not come
to any concrete proposal as to how
to solve the Irish problem, another
EU diplomat said to me this evening
that they were looking for clues as
to what might become future UK
policy at negotiations. The very
same happened, he said, after the
last Brexit speech the Prime
Minister made in autumn.
Laura, was the speech enough
to placate the Leave and Remain
camps within the Tory Party?
For now, tonight, yes. That does not
mean they will swallow the
compromises she says they will have
to make in the longer term, but in
terms of this speech, Number Ten
believes this has been a step
forward, if not a giant leap. There
are still contradictions. There was
no dramatic evidence of new
thinking. But there was a new layer
of detail and most importantly as
far as Downing Street sees it, a
message to the EU, let's do a deal.
And a signal, a concrete, over
signal from the Prime Minister for
the first time that she knows that
she will have to make compromises.
She knows that Britain will not be
able to get everything on its list.
But also a message, pushing back,
saying you will have to compromise
too. It is legitimate to question
why it has taken so long for her to
strike this note of realism. She has
been dealing with political
difficulties in her own party. But
tonight, inside the Conservative
Party, both sides have broadly
swallowed this speech. Number Ten
believes it has been received pretty
much as well as it might have been,
and rather than Brexiteers and
Remainers, they are hoping for a
pragmatic approach, people who are
willing to be realistic and
pragmatic. But this will be tested
at an important summit three weeks
to night, when Great Britain is very
keen that point to be able to show
real progress. We will see.
In Syria, the UN says 24 hospitals
and clinics are now known
to have been hit in the Syrian
of a rebel-held area near Damascus.
It says a high number of civilians
are being killed and injured every
day in Eastern Ghouta,
despite the UN calling
for a ceasefire nearly a week ago.
Our Middle East Editor, Jeremy
Bowen, is in Damascus tonight.
So, a ceasefire in name only?
There is no ceasefire at the moment.
The UN resolution exists on paper,
but it does not exist in reality.
President Putin of Russia, his
so-called humanitarian pause has,
today, quiet and things down in the
morning. But it started up again.
After that, I saw warplanes bombing
targets in Eastern Ghouta. The thing
about the war here in Syria, not
just in Eastern Ghouta, is that at
the end of last year people were
hoping that maybe it was winding
down. But the evidence of this year
is that it has changed shape, but it
has escalated. Unicef, the
children's fund of the United
Nations, have said that something
like 1000 children this year have
either been killed by the war or
seriously injured. So while the
level of rhetoric condemning what is
happening here has once again ticked
up, as a matter of fact, once again,
international diplomacy, those who
want to stop the war, have failed
A 21-year-old man who
tried to kill a woman
because she was wearing a hijab
has been found guilty
of attempted murder.
Paul Moore, from Leicester,
choose Zaynab Hussein at random
and ran her over in his car.
He later told his half-brother he'd
"done it for Britain".
Moore was also convicted
of using his car to seriously injure
a 12-year-old Muslim schoolgirl.
He'll be sentenced later this month.
Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle will invite more
than 2500 members of
the public to the grounds
of Windsor Castle for their wedding.
They'll be able to watch
the couple arrive and depart.
Charity workers and school
children will be amongst
those invited to attend.
This weekend, Hollywood celebrates
its 90th year of the Oscars,
after a tumultuous year for the film
industry, following the sex
abuse scandal involving
Harvey Weinstein and others.
The actor Heather Graham is one
of a number of women who accused him
of sexual harassment.
Now she's written and
directed her first film
about sexism in Hollywood.
She spoke to our Arts
Editor, Will Gompertz.
Why are we sitting around talking
about how sad our lives are?
We should be talking
about how great we are.
Half Magic is a romcom,
in which three women decide to start
to take a stand against the men
who are undermining them.
I am so relieved that
you find me attractive,
but when can you read the script
that we wrote?
Heather Graham plays a junior
film executive whose
career is being frustrated
by a mean, sexist boss.
Your boobs are too big.
Whose interest is focused
on her body, not her mind.
I wrote this movie because years
before that I worked on developing
movies that I wanted to get made,
women's stories that I wanted
to act in and produce
and I couldn't get them made.
So this movie was my
reaction to that.
Why couldn't you get them made?
People would say that
I wasn't a big enough star,
that no one cares about women's
stories, that women's
movies don't make money.
They would say if you want to get
a movie made, write about a man.
Let's make a pact to be
with good guys only,
guys who treat us great
like we deserve.
If you think about how many levels
that a woman has to get
through to get a movie made
and seen, you have to go
through so many levels
of male-dominated businesses.
First of all you have
to have the idea that
you can ever do this,
which there's not a lot
of role models out there.
Then you've got to get
someone to finance it,
which is usually a man.
Then you have to get
someone to distribute it,
which is usually a man.
Then when it comes out,
you have to get a bunch of male
journalists to not say
that the movie sucks.
So that you can get to your
audience, which is women.
So all the different steps
that you need to get
through to get to women,
which hopefully men will watch it
too, but you are mainly
going for women.
You have to go through like walls
and walls of men to get your
project out in the world.
Why did you break up with me?
Why did you break up with me?
All I wanted to do was love
you and mentor you and help
you achieve your true potential.
I'm sorry, I don't know what to say.
I had a business meeting with a guy.
I sent in the script.
I said, "I want to get this movie
made, I want to empower women".
We had this business meeting,
he doesn't finance the movie.
I run into him at a party
and he said, "Oh, that was so fun
"when we had that date
the other day".
The lunch meeting where I asked him
to finance my movie.
I said, "That wasn't a date,
that was a business meeting".
How long ago was this?
This was like two years ago.
And do you think if that happened
today it would be different?
I think today men are starting
to think about their behaviour
and they are starting to question
if, you know, how they should treat
women in the workplace,
which is a good thing.
Will Gompertz, BBC News, Hollywood.
There is definitely a change of tone
here in Hollywood. The question is,
will it be reflected at the Academy
Awards which take place just over
there in a little over 48 was. Will
Rachel Maskell and be the first
female singer -- cinematographer to
win the Oscar? Will Greta girl wig
win Best director? And will Francis
McDormand, as many people think, win
best actor for her portrayal of
Mildred Hayes in three billboards
outside ebbing, Missouri, which
captured the angry female point of
view which many feel is the essence
of the times up movement.
Let's return to our main story,
and the snow that's brought chaos
to much of the UK.
Amid the misery this week for many
stuck in cars, on trains,
struggling into work, there have
also been stories of great
heroism and of those who've gone out
of their way to come
to the aid of others.
Sarah Campbell reports.
An out-of-control car ends
up on the wrong side
of this Edinburgh road.
A collision seems inevitable.
No, no, no, no!
That it didn't happen
is thanks to the quick
reactions of the bus driver.
To me, it looks worse on the video
than I felt at the time.
I did get a fright,
but I managed to avoid it,
luckily, and then I got
on with my job after that.
I totally forgot all about it
until I got home and my husband
asked me if I had seen this video.
He didn't know it was
me that was driving.
Born in Balgedie, Fife.
Despite the village
being all but cut off,
midwives made it to the mum to help
with the delivery and local farmers
cleared the roads to get both Mum
and baby safely to hospital.
And stranded drivers on the A1
in Northumberland were treated
to cream cakes and muffins,
handed out by a fellow
motorist who happened to be
a delivery driver for Greggs.
In Birmingham, this businessman
paid for 12 hotel rooms,
which he then offered
to homeless people.
You can't expect people
to be out in that, it's
So I just thought, for the sake
of £15, £20, it gets a few
people off the streets.
And stuck in Skegness
without an event to go to,
the BBC's Concert Orchestra
offered their services as a wedding
gift to fellow hotel
guests on their big day.
When they started, it
took your breath away.
Amid freezing temperatures,
the warmth of human
kindness has resonated.
Sarah Campbell, BBC News.
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