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Storms batter the North-East
Updated 8:56pm Thursday 5th December 2013 in News
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RT @ClevelandPolice: Power has returned to Port Clarence and emergency services are continuing to monitor the situation for safety purposes…— @TrafficTees 05 December 2013
Major traffic disruption in Middlesbrough and Stockton. Avoid the area if at all possible.
Reports of an electricity sub-station explosion in Baxtergate, Whitby.
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.
East Coast expects to operate its normal publicised timetable tomorrow
Whitby harbour also flooded
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."
RT @Scottwilsonecho: Incredible video of the flooded Quayside at Newcastle after the River Tyne burst its banks (from @capitalnewsanna) htt…— @GeordieKermit 05 December 2013
RT @RNLI: The pier's completely submerged by tide at @CullercoatsB811 Lifeboat Station - photo by @SmithSam_: http://t.co/oa4A8OvKyC #storm…— @PeakRambler 05 December 2013
RT @EnvAgencyYNE: We've now issued TWO Severe Flood Warnings in #Whitby. Flooding can cause threat to life, please be prepared #flooding. …— @BBCTees 05 December 2013
RT @northnews: Major flooding on Newcastle Quayside this evening after the River Tyne bursts its banks - pic by @snapper_cliff http://t.co/…— @katieoakes 05 December 2013
RT @RaoulDixonNNP: No parking tickets tonight!!! Newcastle Quayside flooded , no sign of any parking wardens . http://t.co/U4g5deEWTt— @Martycricket 05 December 2013
RT @Gazzajonesy: Tynemouth outdoor pool, my word http://t.co/s9xZL5lvvA— @SimonMarks5 05 December 2013
Northumbria Police have issued an updated list of the areas affected by flooding:
- Sunderland beach - a minor road is closed
- Hendon Fish Quay
- South Hylton near the Gold Lion Pub
- Roker seafront
- Hebburn Marine and Riverside - walkways and roadways are affected.
- Customs House
- Wapping Street
- Industrial units at Derwent Haugh
- Friars Waugh, Felling
- 'Flats News' and 'Brewery Band'
- Ferry landing
- Low Parade, Whitley Bay
- Quayside from the Swing Bridge towards Chase bar and Quayside bar.
- Berwick waters
- Beadnell Bay
- 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
RT @JonKnightEA: Reports already of coastal flooding at Staithes, Sandsend and Whitby. #FloodAware— @Mr_Bods 05 December 2013
RT @ClevelandPolice: Powercuts in Middlesbrough and Port Clarence. Please contact relatives and friends via mobile phone to check they are …— @deli_tracey 05 December 2013
RT @Northpowergrid: Severe weather has caused loss of power to around 100,000 customers,35,000 are still without power, we are working hard…— @stocktoncouncil 05 December 2013
A picture courtesy of Incidents on Teesside of the scene at Middlesbrough College car park earlier this afternoon
RT @ClevelandPolice: Flooding near to Middlesbrough College in car park, police and council currently dealing— @ant_od 05 December 2013
RT @stocktoncouncil: RT @ClevelandPolice: Flooding at Portrack Lane, please avoid area. @stocktoncouncil agencies aware and dealing #polwea…— @cllrharrington 05 December 2013
A collapsed tree on Hamilton Road, Stockton, which nearly hit a nearby house. Picture: Chris Booth
300 homes are being evacuated in Port Clarence, Middlesbrough, due to flooding
Northumbria Police say the following areas are affected by flooding:
- Tweed Estuary
- Fish Quay
Saltburn Bank, Saltburn - By -Sea is temporarily closed in both directions due to the weather with no access to... http://t.co/WEBK7TNHCZ— @CoathamNPT 05 December 2013
The road at the bottom of Saltburn bank. at Saltburn sea front is to be closed imminently and access closed in all directions. #polweather— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
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.
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.
The tidal surge is due around 5pm. Agiencies are briefed and prepared. @EnvAgency has guidance with any flooding: http://t.co/jHCFA7rxMv— @Cleveland_PCC 05 December 2013
The road has reopened near to Walkabout in Middlesbrough #polweather— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
Be aware when letting people into your homes, BOGUS electric and Gas meter checkers in the Guisborough area. Always ask for identification.— @HuttonNPT 05 December 2013
The road has reopened near to Walkabout in Middlesbrough #polweather— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
Heavy rainfall in Durham City
School closed after storm damage http://t.co/TRvvFTRR3B— @ITVtynetees 05 December 2013
The A19 Northbound, near Peterlee has now re-opened. #gancanny #drivetoarrive— @DurhamPolice 05 December 2013
Police direct traffic around fallen branches on the A177 near Durham City.
@northyorkscc working hard to clear road to Barden....#busy http://t.co/bE9ITIokyn— @Skipton_Police 05 December 2013
#A1M both directions in #South Yorks btwn J34-J35, lanes 1 and 2 closed due to an overturned vehicle. Traffic passing via the hard shoulder.— @HAtraffic_neast 05 December 2013
A19 northbound within the B1320 junction | Northbound | Overturned Vehicle On the A19 northbound between the junctions with the A181 and ...— @AlexanderBlast1 05 December 2013
West Dyke Road, Longbeck and Nunthorpe train crossings are closed due to the high winds. In Redcar, the crossing on Redcar Lane remains...— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
PICTURE: House collapse in Sunderland http://t.co/GokpaJkj1g— @RJSweeneyITV 05 December 2013
House collapse in Sunderland http://t.co/Yu3TqKIJcF— @ITVtynetees 05 December 2013
The A177 near the Crematorium at Durham has now re-opened #gancanny #drivetoarrive— @DurhamPolice 05 December 2013
Remember Flood Line is open 24/7 to offer advice and guidance. 0845 988 1188 #FloodAware— @EnvAgencyYNE 05 December 2013
RT @eastcoastuk: There are no East Coast services to and from Leeds until further notice #UKStorm— @BBCLookNorth 05 December 2013
West Dyke Road, Longbeck and Nunthorpe train crossings are closed due to the high winds. In Redcar, the crossing on Redcar Lane remains...— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
Reports that Hope Street in Crook is partially blocked due to a fallen down tree. #gancanny— @DurhamPolice 05 December 2013
RT @eastcoastuk: There are no services through Doncaster until further notice because of wind damage to the station #UKStorm— @andycampbell84 05 December 2013
Asda Hartlepool has not been evacuated, but some of the car park closed due to a fallen sign #policeweather— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
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.
The Wolsingham to Frosterley road is apparently blocked. At Maiden Law Bank before Lanchester Village, a tree has hit a power line.— @NEAmbulance 05 December 2013
SERVICE UPDATE: Tree has been removed from road between scotch corner and skeeby— @arrivanortheast 05 December 2013
Apologies - we've had to cancel our FREE microchipping event at #StewartsPark today in #Middlesbrough due to high winds @MbroCouncil RT— @DogsTrust 05 December 2013
RT @eastcoastuk: Here is an image of @NetworkRail teams clearing the line at Warkworth, between Morpeth and Alnmouth. #UKStorm http://t.co/…— @RuthHezza 05 December 2013
#A1 #West Yorkshire northbound is closed between the A639 and A1(M) J40 due to an overturned HGV. Hollow Square Diversion is in place.— @HAtraffic_neast 05 December 2013
A6282 Butterknowle: tree across road. A167 Aycliffe junction/Durham road opp sewage works – road blocked.— @NEAmbulance 05 December 2013
SERVICE UPDATE: We have a tree blocking the road in Wingate affecting ser 21 diversion in place— @arrivanortheast 05 December 2013
Please not that the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Haverton Hill is currently closed due to the high winds.— @MbroCouncil 05 December 2013
Quite a few weather related calls. Someone hit by piece of roof in Team Valley; lorry overturned Redheugh Bridge, tree hit car in Whickham— @NEAmbulance 05 December 2013
Reports that there is a tree blocking Windy Bank Road in Hamsterley #gancanny— @DurhamPolice 05 December 2013
Service Update: The Service 43 due to a fallen Telegraph pole at Flass Terrace is diverted from Ushaw Moor to... http://t.co/7627qQ1AEJ— @arrivanortheast 05 December 2013
We now have 22 flood warnings and 17 alerts in place in #Yorkshire & #NorthEast. Details at http://t.co/4VCOEe37RK #FloodAware— @EnvAgencyYNE 05 December 2013
Roads closed due to debris include Cutlers Hall Rd in Bridgehill and Chillingham Dr, in Chester-le-St— @TonykearneyEcho 05 December 2013
The Cleveland Centre car park in Middlesbrough is currently closed due to a road closure following reports of an unsafe roof.
Service Update: The Service 24 from Durham is diverted at Haswell Plough to the Pemberton Arms omitting Haswell... http://t.co/jSTGl21cMD— @arrivanortheast 05 December 2013
SERVICE UPDATE: Tree blocking half the road between Winston and Gainford ser 75 affected road passable with care— @arrivanortheast 05 December 2013
The Stockton Sparkles Christmas Market will be closed for the next hour or so due to high winds but we're confident will re-open shortly.— @stocktoncouncil 05 December 2013
SERVICE UPDATE: Tree branch blocking half the road between scotch corner and skeeby ser 26/27 affected with delays road passable with care— @arrivanortheast 05 December 2013
SERVICE UPDATE: Due to a tree fall at Tudhoe Green affecting service 8a buses missing out Tudhoe Green we will... http://t.co/lZgd1mxXFs— @arrivanortheast 05 December 2013
RT @DurhamCouncil: Five roads are currently partly closed while we remove fallen debris: http://t.co/DTSa1KzH13 We're working hard to reope…— @TrafficTees 05 December 2013
An Amber weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for our region http://t.co/xjnuQtzMeY @metoffice— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
The #A66 is closed to high sided vehicles in both directions between A67 (Bowes) and A685 (Brough) due to #windyweather— @newsfromfta 05 December 2013
SERVICE UPDATE: Durham road in Ferryhill is closed due to a chimney fall affecting service 7— @arrivanortheast 05 December 2013
Service Update:Due to road closure Redcar 81service will now divert onto Whitby road and Rectory lane.— @arrivanortheast 05 December 2013
RT @EnvAgency: Communities urged to take action to prepare for worst tidal surge in 60 yrs. Read our latest statement http://t.co/k0LfSvJX4…— @CopyKat808 05 December 2013
Storm causes flight cancellations http://t.co/re2a4QtJVx— @RJSweeneyITV 05 December 2013
The A19 Tees Flyover is closed to high sided vehicles in both directions. A local diversion is in operation via Newport Bridge.
RT @northyorkscc: @thenorthernecho We've a list of known road closures and reopenings due to fallen trees and high winds: http://t.co/bIQGO…— @HambletonCycle 05 December 2013
SERVICE UPDATE: there are two chimney’s are down in Guisborough and the police have closed the junction of Church... http://t.co/qJ53wnEfrb— @arrivanortheast 05 December 2013
#A66 is closed to high sided vehicles in both directions between A67 (Bowes) & A685 (Brough) due to high winds. Please take extra care.— @HAtraffic_nwest 05 December 2013
Stockton street Hartlepool closed at the Burn Valley roundabout due to a fallen chimney from a building. #0048— @ClevelandRPU 05 December 2013
Really busy day the FCR and everyone working hard. Taken 3rd report of flying trampoline in the road. Thought this didn't happen till spring— @NYorksPolice 05 December 2013
Blakelock Gardens closed at Hartlepool due to a fallen tree. Please use a different route #0048 http://t.co/vihncAnoTj— @ClevelandRPU 05 December 2013
#M62 westbound between J37 and J36 | Lane(s) blocked http://t.co/9yQjLeCRhW— @HAtraffic_neast 04 December 2013
We've a list of known road closures in #northyorks due to fallen trees etc here: http://t.co/PCK0QsvB1x Drive safely #northyorks— @northyorkscc 05 December 2013
Reports that Ford Terrace in Chilton has been cordoned off due to a damaged roof, Fire Serivce are in attendance. #gancanny— @DurhamPolice 05 December 2013
Lanchester St Bede’s School closed due to severe winds and power cut in the area. Staggered buses will bring students home.
Reports that the A67 at Gameford near Staindrop, is closed due to a fallen down tree. #gancanny #drivetoarrive— @DurhamPolice 05 December 2013
School is CLOSED due to severe winds and power cut in the area. Staggered buses will bring students home.— @St_Bedes 05 December 2013
Blakelock Gardens #Hartlepool is closed due to a fallen tree. #PoliceWeather— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
Acklam Grange School is being evacuated due to roof damage. Residents of properties on Ruskin Ave are asked not... http://t.co/4kQyIZb4Xh— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
The Household Waste Recycling Centre (Haverton Hill) is closed due to weather conditions. We'll update when re-open. http://t.co/SCYvXaOuOP— @stocktoncouncil 05 December 2013
Reports of a fallen telegraph pole is blocking Church Street in Haswell. #gancanny— @DurhamPolice 05 December 2013
Flood Alert means flooding is possible. Act on your flood plan. Prepare a flood kit. Monitor water levels & forecast http://t.co/6S4sJEjB1t— @EnvAgency 05 December 2013
B1280 wingate, Salters Lane. Road closed due to falling tree blocking the road. Will be closed for the forseeable future #avoidarea— @PeterleePolice 05 December 2013
@MbroCouncil Residents on Rushkin Ave are been asked to stay inside due to roof damage at Acklam Grange Primary School #PoliceWeather— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
Reports of the Walworth Gate Road in Darlington blocked due to a fallen down tree, blocking the road. #gancanny #drivetoarrive— @DurhamPolice 05 December 2013
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.
Report of Racecourse Road in Sedgefield blocked due to a fallen tree. #gancanny #drivetoarrive— @DurhamPolice 05 December 2013
A tree has fallen onto Herworth Road in Herworth, blocking the road. #gancanny #drivetoarrive— @DurhamPolice 05 December 2013
Sunderland power back on http://t.co/8eryOhb8Yf— @ITVtynetees 05 December 2013
Thousands without power in the North East http://t.co/1YOs3rJ8tg— @ITVtynetees 05 December 2013
SEVERE A19 County Durham - A19 in Peterlee blocked and slow traffic northbound at the Passfield Way junction, because of an overturned van.— @TyneTravel 05 December 2013
Lorry overturns on A1 at Leeming http://t.co/Z5Grm2pdNX— @ITVtynetees 05 December 2013
Horse Close Lane, Trimdon Colliery blocked by a large tree. #gancanny #drivetoarrive— @DurhamPolice 05 December 2013
Update on the overturned lorry Northbound near Bristol Street motors is still ongoing, expect long delays. #drivetoarrive #gancanny— @DurhamPolice 05 December 2013
Hereford Terrace Billingham is currently blocked due to a fallen tree. #Billingham #Stockton-on-Tees— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
A tree has blocked a road in Trimdon Colliery http://t.co/MO3xSKVol2— @TheNorthernEcho 05 December 2013
Breaking (literally): Masonry from Cornmill shopping centre roof has fallen into the street in Darlington - area being taped off now.— @EchoPeterBarron 05 December 2013
#A19 #NorthYorkshire southbound between A684 and A61, all lanes are now open following an earlier overturned HGV.— @HAtraffic_neast 05 December 2013
100mph plus winds, the loudest thunderstorm ive ever experienced, snow. Welcome to John O Groats.— @mattwecho 05 December 2013
Tree has also fallen in Blakelock Gardens, #Hartlepool. Police on scene— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
Road closure on Stockton Road, #Hartlepool due to a chimney falling into the road.— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
"@ITVtynetees: Thousands without power in Sunderland http://t.co/bzqL4ZWKvO" Well there's nowt new.— @ziphavoc 05 December 2013
@DurhamPolice 2 trees down top of garden from estate. One big oak across Road blocking it. Council there now. http://t.co/Sa6qXxzat5— @the_welder_p32 05 December 2013
RT @HAtraffic_yorks #A1M both directions in #South Yorks btwn J34-J35, lanes 1 and 2 closed due to an overturned vehicle. Traffic passing...— @highwaysagency 05 December 2013
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.
RT @HAtraffic_neast A19 northbound within the B1320 junction | Accident— @highwaysagency 05 December 2013
RT @ITVtynetees: Large tree blocks A177 http://t.co/3b0Q3adMT7— @BbridgeWAW 05 December 2013
RT @MarkScottEA: We are advising people to avoid coastal roads and paths across #Yorkshire over the next 48 hours. See @EnvAgencyYNE for up…— @AlistairLabanEA 05 December 2013
RT @OscarRomeo1268: 1 lane closed #A1(N) between J50 #Baldersby & J51 #Leeming due to overturned lorry http://t.co/A0v46iJ6eT— @spitfire0214 05 December 2013
RT @DurhamPolice: Reports of tree across road on a blind bend, Elemore Lane, High Pittington. #gancanny #drivetoarrive— @DurhamCouncil 05 December 2013
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.
SERVICE UPDATE: All services running in and out of the Haymarket will be suffering delays all along the route of... http://t.co/pa1WKtgE2i— @arrivanortheast 05 December 2013
RT @HAtraffic_yorks #A19 #North Yorkshire southbound between A684 and A61, lane 1 remains closed for recovery of an overturned HGV....— @highwaysagency 05 December 2013
RT @DurhamPolice: Recieving reports of the A177 road into Durham completely blocked with a large tree, Police on route. #gancanny— @Lockers75 05 December 2013
RT @eastcoastuk: There are currently no services running north of Newcastle. Passengers are advised not to travel north of Newcastle. #ECde…— @Eleanor16 05 December 2013
It’s blustery out there folks! So whatever you’re doing please stay safe especially when driving #drivetoarrive #StaySafe— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
Power has been restored to our Customer Access Point in Seaham so all phones now working again.— @DurhamCouncil 05 December 2013
Darlington Borough Council has confirmed that the town's tip is closed today as a result of the high winds.
RT @DurhamPolice: George Street in Blackhill, Consett cordoned off due to falling roof tiles. #onedirection— @DurhamCouncil 05 December 2013
RT @northumbriapol: Police expect Redheugh Bridge to remain closed for the rest of the day. Motorists advised to find an alternative route …— @Carole29 05 December 2013
Just checked latest info at Ken Cook's Copley weather station in Teesdale - strongest gust so far today 59mph; average wind speed 38mph— @StuartLaundy 05 December 2013
RT @HighwayCodeGB: In wet weather you should keep well back from the vehicle in front. This will increase your ability to see and plan ahea…— @ClevelandPolice 05 December 2013
We're hearing that the overturned lorry on the A1(M) has been uprighted and traffic is slowly getting on the move again.
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."
RT @highwaysagency: RT @HAtraffic_neast A1 southbound within the A184 junction | Accident— @paulturk75 05 December 2013
RT @EnvAgencyYNE: Check the latest flood risk info here. Our warnings and alerts are updated every 15 mins http://t.co/0LjZT3GTfc #floodawa…— @a59alerts 05 December 2013
RT @northyorkscc: We're receiving reports of fallen trees across the county. We're sending contractors to clear them as we're made aware. D…— @NYorksPrepared 05 December 2013
RT @arrivanortheast: SERVICE UPDATE: Due to extreme high winds and rain in Northumberland, services are operating but some will suffer dela…— @purplelillith 05 December 2013
Please check http://t.co/NLAVRLi344, before you travel. This will provide you with the latest travel updates. #ECdelay— @eastcoastuk 05 December 2013
RT @eastcoastuk: All trains in Scotland are currently suspended. Trains are starting/terminating at Newcastle and Carlisle. #ECdelay— @jonny_jonnyp 05 December 2013
RT @Parkwardnpt: PCSO Zoë Price on duty today. Please take great care in this awful weather and call us on 101 of you need to report any is…— @SHAZWUD 05 December 2013
RT @Ross_Hutchinson: Wind gusts already over 70 mph for some of us - latest recordings here: http://t.co/kcVLoNPmUa— @DayoftheRegion 05 December 2013
RT @EnvAgencyYNE: Coastal paths & promenades may be highly dangerous. Please stay away from shorelines today and tomorrow http://t.co/NlX6…— @billsmpson_2000 05 December 2013
RT @bobthehuskyman: Power cut DH7 area affecting numerous businesses and homes. Power co investigating Update c1145 hours Plse check elder…— @ConsettPolice 05 December 2013
*throws skates back in wardrobe* *sobs*"@lovembro: Due to weather the Winter wonderland & Skating Rink Middlesbrough is closed today."— @MasonEcho 05 December 2013
RT @ITVtynetees: Tree blocks Great North Road, Newcastle http://t.co/uPjxwbbG45— @ValleyLinks 05 December 2013
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.
In North Yorkshire, the A1(M) northbound has a lane closed between Junction 49 Dishforth and Junction 50 Baldersby, due to an overturned vehicle.
Power-cuts in 230 homes http://t.co/YspDEJWX5U— @ITVtynetees 05 December 2013
We have 18 Flood Warnings & 17 Flood Alerts in #Yorkshire & #NorthEast. More details here http://t.co/UJ3tp9m6VU #FloodAware— @EnvAgencyYNE 05 December 2013
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."
We're adding known road closures due to fallen trees etc to our website http://t.co/e13e4iLmwy We will update throughout the day #northyorks— @NYorksPrepared 05 December 2013
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