THE North-East has managed to escape the worst effects of Hurricane Bertha which brought chaos to other parts of the country.

The hurricane, which was down-graded to a storm as it crossed the Atlantic, brought gales and driving rain to many parts.

In Hull a mini-tornado tore through homes and a woman was injured by flying glass.

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And the Primrose Valley caravan park, near Scarborough, was flooded when rising water levels overwhelmed pumps. Nearby, 22 homes were flooded at Hunmanby Gap, close to Filey.

The Met Office had warned of gales and heavy rain for parts of the North-East and North Yorkshire in the early hours but, although the winds strengthened, the region escaped relatively lightly.

Weathermen say the stormy conditions will continue for the rest of the day before the winds settle down this evening.

Sadly, the high temperatures experienced last week will not return in the foreseeable future. Temperatures in the region will feel distinctly autumnal this week.