Storms batter the North-East

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Major traffic disruption in Middlesbrough and Stockton. Avoid the area if at all possible.

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Reports of an electricity sub-station explosion in Baxtergate, Whitby.

 

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Footpaths along the River Wear at South Hylton, North Hylton and at the Ropery under Queen Alexandra Bridge have been affected by minor flooding as has the fish quay at Hendon, the National Glass Centre and parts of Sunderland University's St Peter's Campus.

Thirty foot waves have been reported at Roker. Roker Pier will remain closed until the stormy weather has died down and anglers have been advised not to go fishing along the coast or riverbanks.

The weather also forced the cancellation of  Shiney Row's Christmas lights switch-on.

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East Coast expects to operate its normal publicised timetable tomorrow

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Whitby harbour also flooded

 

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Scarborough seafront was last night described as a "scene from the Titanic" as the resort's entire Golden Mile was swamped by the freak tides.
Fishing crews leapt aboard their vessels to stop them being wrecked as pounding waves breached the harbour wall.
Arcades and cafes were flooded along the entire South Bay. Deck chair stacks were lifted off the beach onto the prom.
Showers of sparks were seen as the waves shorted out electric mains. The lifeboat station was abandoned as a deluge of water poured through the doors.
Piles of fish boxes were swept away and split open, filling the air with the stench of the morning's catch.
The harbour wall disappeared under the rising tide. Shopkeepers were trapped in their premises.
The main life boat was parked outside the lifeboat house. One rescue worker said: "Waves are just coming through the lifeboat house so we are just going to leave it there.
"There is no harbour. It is all under water."
A 999 worker on a quad bike towed the smaller nshore lifeboat away from the seafront.
It was estimated the tide was 6.1m above normal when it finally peaked around 5.20pm.
But the flood waters failed to recede. Drain covers were blown off and all roads leading down to the seafront remained closed.
Miles Jackson tried desperately to sandbag his shop his family have owned for years.
"There was plenty of warning. We tried to get more sandbags down. But it was too much.
"All I can say is we all got out the shop and are safe. Everything else can be replaced."
Surveying the damage, former mayor Janet Jefferson said: "This is a disaster for the seafront properties which have been hit.
"I have lived here 30 years and never seen anything like it.
"No amount of insurance money can cover things like this.
"It was forecast it was going to happen and now it has and it is going to have a big impact on some of these businesses."
Mother Gill Smith, fleeing the seafront with her daughter, said: "We came down to see the sea and got a scene from Titanic."
Police said they were disappointed at having to rescue people who had ignored warnings to take pictures.
Debries, branches, and fish boxes were washed onto the prom despite 2ft walls made up of hundreds of sandbags.
The deluge which swept along the seafront was more than 4ft high and easily overwhelmed the defences.
At least one electrical fire was put out in a property as electrical systems were overwhelmed.
Eyewitness and former arcade worker John Ford said: "You could see the showers of sparks.
"All the arcades have water in them.
"The owner of one cafe came past me and she was crying.
"All people could do was stand and watch.
"It is bizarre watching boats sailing past on the sea which is higher than you are."
Shell fish merchant David Jenkinson arrived on Sandside to find his lobster business marooned and cut off.
He said: "The harbour wall has vanished.
"Fish boxes are floating around. Debries are everywhere.
"All the properties on the seafront are under water.
"We are ringing the insurance companies already.
"The people down South are really going to suffer if we have got it this bad here."

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Northumbria Police have issued an updated list of the areas affected by flooding:

Sunderland

- Sunderland beach -  a minor road is closed
- Hendon Fish Quay
- South Hylton near the Gold Lion Pub
- Roker seafront

South Tyneside

- Hebburn Marine and Riverside - walkways and roadways are affected.
- Customs House
- Wapping Street

Gateshead
- Industrial units at Derwent Haugh
- Friars Waugh, Felling

North Tyneside
- 'Flats News' and 'Brewery Band'
- Ferry landing
- Low Parade, Whitley Bay

Newcastle
- Quayside from the Swing Bridge towards Chase bar and Quayside bar.
- Ouseburn

Northumberland
- Berwick waters
- Beadnell Bay
- Warkworth
- Amble
- Blyth - Harbour Wall, Sussex Street.

The force said its officers and partner agencies are working reassure residents.

Residents can access the latest 'alert' information at the environment agency website - www.environment-agency.gov.uk or by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

Specific flood information is available at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods

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The Northern Echo:

A picture courtesy of Incidents on Teesside of the scene at Middlesbrough College car park earlier this afternoon

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The Northern Echo:

A collapsed tree on Hamilton Road, Stockton, which nearly hit a nearby house. Picture: Chris Booth

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300 homes are being evacuated in Port Clarence, Middlesbrough, due to flooding

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Northumbria Police say the following areas are affected by flooding:

Newcastle

- Quayside

Northumberland

- Amble

- Blyth

- Tweed Estuary

- Beadnell

- Alnmouth

North Tyneside

- Fish Quay

Gateshead

- Dunston

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The Northern Echo:

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Passers-by had a narrow escape this morning when as a result of high winds, a chimney on a house in Westgate, Guisborough, crashed to the ground, damaging a vehicle parked on the cobbles.

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Drivers across the North are being advised to remain vigilant and with westerly gusts of up to 60mph affecting the motorway and major A road network.
Highways Agency Traffic Officers and contractors and emergency services are or have been dealing with overturned lorries at nine locations in Cumbria and Yorkshire which are affecting journey times.
Several routes are closed to high-sided vehicles and Highways Agency Traffic Officers at the Agency's two regional control centres at Newton-le-Willows and Wakefield have set signs giving advisory speeds at bridges and other exposed sections of the motorway and major A road network.
Drivers of high-sided lorries and other vulnerable vehicles are being urged to plan journeys and avoid exposed areas of the motorway and major A road network where possible.
The Ouse Bridge between junctions 36 and 37 of the M62 is closed to high-sided vehicles as is the A628 route between Sheffield and Manchester and the A66 trans-Pennine route linking Cumbria and County Durham.
Lorries have overturned at several locations this morning although at all locations traffic is able to pass the incident scene using the hard shoulder or remaining available lanes. The incidents include:
• The southbound A19 in North Yorkshire between its junctions with the A684 and A61 with one lane closed for recovery of an overturned vehicle. This route fully re-opened at 10.50am.
• The northbound A1(M) between junctions 34 and 35 with two lanes closed following a lorry overturning and damaging the central reservation barrier. There are also incidents along the northbound A1 and A1(M) between junctions 39 and 40, 44 and 45 and 49 and 50.
• Three incidents involving overturned lorries along the northbound M6 in Cumbria - between junctions 38 and 39 at Shap, junctions 39 and 40 at Penrith and junctions 44 to 45 at Guards Mill. Work is ongoing to right and recover these vehicles
• A lorry overturning at Barton bridge along the M60 in Greater Manchester - closing lanes two and three of the clockwise carriageway of the motorway at 10.45am.
There is a separate and ongoing incident along the A168 in North Yorkshire which is unrelated to weather conditions, Two lorries collided along the southbound carriageway between its junction with the A19 and A1(M) at 5.44am. Recovery is ongoing but is likely to take several hours and drivers are being urged to follow a diversion using the 'hollow circle' symbol using the York-bound A19 then the westbound A59 to the A1(M).
Drivers are being urged to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys.

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The Northern Echo:

Heavy rainfall in Durham City

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The Northern Echo:

Police direct traffic around fallen branches on the A177 near Durham City.

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A HARTLEPOOL secondary school has closed due to roof damage following today’s high winds.

High Tunstall College of Science on Elwick Road will be closed to students on Thursday, December 5 and Friday 6 and parents have been advised to check on the school’s website (www.htcs.org.uk) for further updates.

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The Cleveland Centre car park in Middlesbrough is currently closed due to a road closure following reports of an unsafe roof.

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The A19 Tees Flyover is closed to high sided vehicles in both directions. A local diversion is in operation via Newport Bridge.

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Lanchester St Bede’s School closed due to severe winds and power cut in the area. Staggered buses will bring students home.

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Northumbria Police has provided an update on the earlier collision on the Redheugh Bridge, over the River Tyne.

A lorry on the Gateshead-bound carriageway was blown over in high winds.

Motorists are advised of heavy traffic in the area and to use the A1 Scotswood Bridge, Scotswood Bridge or Tyne Tunnel.

The bridge will remain closed to allow the road to be cleared.

Police are in the area and are working to ease the traffic and motorists are asked to avoid the area to help this.

Officers have thanked motorists for their ongoing assistance and patience.

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In the last few minutes, a large tree has come down on the A177 in Durham, completely blocking the road into the city while there are also reports of a tree coming down on a blind bend, Elemore Lane, in High Pittington.

A lorry has overturned on the A19 in east Durham, near the Bristol Street garage.

George Street, in Blackhill, has been cordoned off by police as a number of roof tiles have been dislodged, while there are also police reports from nearby Consett of a trampoline causing damage as it was blown into the street.

The road from Burnopfield to Lintz Green has been partially blocked by a falling tree.

There are also reports of power cuts in the villages west of Durham City and the traffic lights at Oxhill, in Stanley are currently out of action.

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Tiles just fell from the roof of the Cornmill shopping centre, in Darlington, next to The Northern Echo offices.

Fortunately, there were no pedestrians or traffic in the street below at the time.

There is debris in the road.

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Darlington Borough Council has confirmed that the town's tip is closed today as a result of the high winds.

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We're hearing that the overturned lorry on the A1(M) has been uprighted and traffic is slowly getting on the move again.

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A Met Office amber weather warning remains in place for North East England and Yorkshire and the Humber.

Forecasters say the strongest winds are expected in eastern coastal areas by this evening, so we may not yet have seen the worst of it.

The latest forecast for the region: "Westerly gales are expected to spread southwards across northern and central areas of the UK on Thursday, with widespread gusts of 60 to 70 mph.

"Winds will veer northwesterly and begin to ease during the afternoon, with the strongest winds becoming confined to eastern coastal areas by the evening."

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Acklam Grange School in Middlesbrough is closed to all students today due to storm damage to school buildings. 

All parents have been informed via the school’s text message service and further updates will be sent out in due course.

Anyone needing further information can contact the school on 01642-277700.

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In North Yorkshire, the A1(M) northbound has a lane closed between Junction 49 Dishforth and Junction 50 Baldersby, due to an overturned vehicle.

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Durham Police says there are no major problems in its area due to the high winds at the moment.

A spokesman said: "There are one or two minor incidents here and there, but no serious problems and no major roads that we are aware of."

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Welcome to The Northern Echo's live weather blog. We'll be keeping you up-to-date with any breaking weather-related news this morning.

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11:28am Thu 5 Dec 13

old gadgee says...

Herworth, where's Herworth?
Herworth, where's Herworth? old gadgee

1:10pm Thu 5 Dec 13

TheOneWhoKnocks says...

Near derlington.
Near derlington. TheOneWhoKnocks

5:04pm Thu 5 Dec 13

old gadgee says...

To TheOneWhoKnocks

Good one mete !
To TheOneWhoKnocks Good one mete ! old gadgee

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