US News Power cuts and roads closed as strong winds batter northern UK

18:23  11 january  2017
18:23  11 january  2017 Source:   Press Association

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The strong winds caused damage across the country overnight, with power cuts reported in Scotland and north -east England. Northern Powergrid, which supplies power to homes in the North East and Yorkshire, said it had 545 customers without power on Wednesday morning. The Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh has been closed in both directions after a lorry was blown over at around 2am.

High winds have brought travel chaos and power cuts as they buffet some parts of the country.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings of wind and snow for Scotland, the North of England and Northern Ireland on Wednesday.

A gust of 93mph was recorded at High Bradfield in South Yorkshire, a high site, while Tiree was hit by a 77mph gust and South Uist by one of 73mph.

WEATHER Snow © Provided by The Press Association WEATHER Snow The strong winds caused damage across the country overnight, with power cuts reported in Scotland and north-east England.

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High winds have brought travel chaos and power cuts as they buffet some parts of the country. The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings of wind and snow for Scotland, the North of England and Northern Ireland on Wednesday. Forecaster Craig Snell said the snowfall could lead to "dangerous conditions on the roads " and the strong winds could force bridge closures and cause lorry buffeting. He said the winds would drop off during the afternoon but pick up again by Wednesday evening, leading to a combination of wind and snow.

High winds have brought travel chaos and power cuts as they buffet some parts of the country. The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings of wind and snow for Scotland, the North of England and Northern Ireland on Wednesday. Forecaster Craig Snell said the snowfall could lead to "dangerous conditions on the roads " and the strong winds could force bridge closures and cause lorry buffeting. He said the winds would drop off during the afternoon but pick up again by Wednesday evening, leading to a combination of wind and snow.

Northern Powergrid, which supplies power to homes in the North East and Yorkshire, said it had 545 customers without power on Wednesday morning.

The Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh has been closed in both directions after a lorry was blown over at around 2am.

No-one was injured but the bridge is likely to remain closed for some time as the strong winds hamper recovery efforts.


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High winds have brought travel chaos and power cuts as they buffet some parts of the country. The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings of wind and snow for Scotland, the North of England and Northern Ireland on Wednesday. Forecaster Craig Snell said the snowfall could lead to "dangerous conditions on the roads " and the strong winds could force bridge closures and cause lorry buffeting. He said the winds would drop off during the afternoon but pick up again by Wednesday evening, leading to a combination of wind and snow.

High winds have brought travel chaos and power cuts as they buffet some parts of the country. The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings of wind and snow for Scotland, the North of England and Northern Ireland on Wednesday. Forecaster Craig Snell said the snowfall could lead to "dangerous conditions on the roads " and the strong winds could force bridge closures and cause lorry buffeting. He said the winds would drop off during the afternoon but pick up again by Wednesday evening, leading to a combination of wind and snow.

Northumbria Police said trees and walls had come down overnight, with one street in Newcastle city centre closed because of wind damage.

West Yorkshire Police said there had been several road closures because of fallen trees.

2.29695734 Cropped: The Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh has been closed after a lorry blew over (Andrew Milligan/PA) © Provided by The Press Association The Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh has been closed after a lorry blew over (Andrew Milligan/PA)

And in North Yorkshire, the fire service said winds had caused a trampoline to blow on to a conservatory, damaging windows.

In Scotland, ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne warned of “heavy disruptions” across the network, with some sailings cancelled for the rest of the day.

Tricky driving conditions are expected on Wednesday as gusts of up to 75mph and wintry weather sweep across northern areas.

scotland Cropped: The Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh has been closed after a lorry blew over (Amey/PA) © Provided by The Press Association The Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh has been closed after a lorry blew over (Amey/PA)

Several inches of snow could settle on higher ground in parts of Scotland, while lower areas will receive a dusting.

Forecaster Craig Snell said the snowfall could lead to “dangerous conditions on the roads” and the strong winds could force bridge closures and cause lorry buffeting.

He said the winds would drop off during the afternoon but pick up again by Wednesday evening, leading to a combination of wind and snow.

There is also a chance of thunder and lightning, which could disrupt the power supply and bring so-called “thundersnow”.

Mr Snell added that it would be “a very unsettled and cold day across the northern half of the country”.

Temperatures may drop to minus 5C (23F) in parts of Scotland, but freezing conditions are possible elsewhere in England.

The forecaster said it might feel mild in the morning across the country, but people would “notice the chill” when they headed home after work.

By Thursday, the stream of cold air will spread further south, bringing hazardous conditions to much of the UK.

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